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Research: Projects

George Brown College Research and Innovation collaborates with industry and community partners on a wide range of projects across many sectors and emerging areas. All projects involve students and faculty. See the list below for examples of some of the projects we are working on or have recently completed. Contact us to learn more.

The Applied Research office collaborates with industry and community partners on a wide range of projects across many sectors and emerging areas. All projects involve students and/ or faculty.

Healthcare
Food Science
Engineering Innovations
Green Technologies
Digital Design & Information Technology
Design
Urban Design
Fashion Design
Teaching & Learning 

 

Healthcare

Design and Efficacy Assessment of MPRR Pandemic/Emergency Preparedness and Response Management Toolkit 

This project is to refine for market the Communications and Fan-out components of Tenet Computer Group Inc.'s web-based information management and decision support system for hospital pandemic/emergency preparedness and response management. 

Project Partner: Tenet 
Principal Investigator:Patricia Marten-Daniel 
Centre: Health Sciences
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Real-Time Locating System based on Infonaut's Intelligent Platform for Hospitals at George Brown College 

Infonaut Inc. is working with George Brown College to research and develop a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) using Geographic Information system (GIS) technology for use in healthcare and hospital settings. The project involves installing and implementing a GIS and RTLS infrastructure in the Simulated Practice Centre (SPC) at the Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing. RTLS are starting to enter mainstream use in hospital and healthcare settings. 

Project Partner: Infonaut
Principal Investigator: Khalid Danok
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


 Hospital Watch Live Hand Hygiene Compliance Module 

"Hospital Watch Live Hand Hygiene Compliance Module" engages BA and BSA students in the creation of a new application of existing industry partner software. In collaboration with Infonaut, George Brown students will research and design a system that can support hand hygiene compliance monitoring in hospital environments, based on the Hospital Watch Live system currently being tested at the Simulated Nursing Practice Center. Project activities such as requirements gathering, stakeholder analysis, business and system modelling will allow for a hand-off of the proposed module design to Infonaut to be developed, and eventually integrated into their software platform. The end goal of incorporating hand-washing compliance monitoring applications into the Hospital Watch Live RTLS system is to enhance infection control in hospital environments. 

Project Partner: Infonaut Inc
Principal Investigator: Tyler Krimmel
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Heart Monitoring Vest 

Ocorant Inc. and Ross + Doell Industrial Design & Brand Development, have partnered with George Brown College to further the development of a heart monitoring device that improves upon current FDA-approved heart monitors by using advanced algorithms that can compress electrocardiogram signals to take up less space, and transmit much faster and more conveniently. The project involves designing and developing a vest to house the electronics and the monitor. 

Project Partner: Ocorant Inc
Principal Investigator: Marsha Jorgenson 
Centres: BusinessArts & Design 


MEMOTEXT Adherence Intervention 

George Brown College is partnering with MEMOTEXT, a patient adherence and medical compliance company, to develop a telephone / short message service (SMS) based communications program for an international pharmacy chain that ensures patients on multiple medications adhere to the medication process for, a diabetes medication. Students will develop and assist in the creation and development of the documentation and ongoing statistical analysis for the program. Communications will be short, personalised questionnaires, and subsequent educational, reminder, and cognitive behavioural therapy messages. The questionnaires are intended to identify customer attitudes towards health and potential barriers to following their medicines regime fully. Specific customer responses will then be used to adapt message flows to individuals. The objective is to maximize relevance, enhance beliefs and ultimately improve the medicine taking behaviours of subscribers.

Project Partner: MEMOTEXT
Principal Investigator: Tyler Krimmel
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Feasibility Study for the commercialization of using Photodynamic compounds for sanitation in the Food industry 

The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Theralase Inc. are collaborating to do a feasibility study and to explore the possibilities of using the cell destroying power of Photodynamic compounds(PDCs) to attack and destroy bacterial contaminants of food. Therealase could also benefit from work with George Brown College in assistance in ascertaining the market opportunity and potential commercialization products in this field. The work includes background and market research, study of competitive technologies, and delivery of recommendations on PDC application to the sanitation process in the food service and food manufacturing industry. 

Project Partner: Theralase Inc.
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts  


Biochemical and Functional Evaluation of A Low Cost Energy Storage and Return Orthosis 

The objective of the research is to test a new thermoplastic custom reinforced ankle-foot orthosis using kinematic and kinetic gait analysis on a convenience sample of up to 20 ambulatory children and/or adolescent individuals with cerebral palsy. 

Principal Investigator: Ruder Gordon
Centre: Orthotics/Prosthetics


Development of a Smart Hand Gel Dispenser for Infonaut Inc's Hospital Watch Live solution for infection control 

The objective of this project is to develop a "smart" hand gel dispenser that will work with Infonaut Inc's Hospital Watch Live (HWL) software solution for infection control in health care settings. The gel dispenser will be incorporated into the real time location system (RTLS) sensor network of HWL. Infonaut Inc. is a Toronto SME created following the 2003 SARs outbreak. They specialize in developing software solutions for infection control in health care settings. The project will be completed in collaboration with Sonitor Technologies, a manufacturer and supplier of ultrasound identification technology for RTLS. This is an NSERC-CCI funded project that involves rapid prototyping, software integration, and the development of a smart gel dispenser for manufacturing. Once completed the gel dispenser will enable HWL to produce reports for health care settings on hand hygiene compliance within units and for the entire facility. Thus, assisting health care settings improve their compliance rates and ensure best practices.

Project Partner: Infonaut
Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre, Khalid Danok, Jorge Olenewa 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Wu Casting Technique for use to create Transtibial Sockets using Liners. 

Evaluate the Wu Casting Technique to see if it generates accurate impressions of the amputee at the point of prosthesis connection.

Project Partner: Infonaut
Principal Investigator: Russell Clements
Centre: Health Sciences 


Family Practice of the Future 

Waiting Room Design project is collaboration between St Michael's Hospital and the George Brown College, Architectural Technician Program. St Michael's Hospital worked with an architectural firm to design the Family Practice of the Future for their 80 Bond St location. The concept of the Family Practice of the Future is to include technology, inter-professional care, chronic disease management, self-care, and the new ways people manage their lives. Students in the architectural technology program designed the waiting area of the new practice based on the specifications provided by St Michaels. A second phase of this project focuses on usability assessment of the waiting room area.

Project Partner: St. Michael's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Marlene Slopack 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Mini Circuit Board 

If asked "what can fit on the head of a pin," Professor Jamie McIntyre of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Technologies would know more than most. The same, as it turns out, could be said of a pen. Recently Bloorview Kids Rehab scientist Dr. Tom Chau, with one of his post-doctoral students, David Fernandez, essentially asked McIntyre the question: "How small can you make the features of a circuit board so that they can fit on the head of a pen?"

Project Partner: Bloorview Kids Rehab
Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 
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Flash Animations for SCI-U E-Learning Modules 

The Spinal-Cord Injury – University is an online destination for people who want to learn about healthy living with a spinal cord injury. Designed for patients and their families, SCI-U will offer interactive courses on a range of important self-care topics. The courses are developed by consumers and clinicians, and include practical information, rich multimedia and video testimonials. 

Project Partner: Lawson Health Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore, Dario Segura 
Centre: Arts & Design 


BRUNCH (Building Recipes and Understanding Nutrition for Cancer-survivor Health) 

The BRUNCH project re-designs well-loved recipes to improve nutritional value for three ethnic groups facing a high risk of colon cancer. These recipes were designed to be healthy, tasty and affordable. Feasibility testing at University Health Network's ELLICSR facility involved live demonstrations of the recipes to survivors and the use of Home Use Testing kits to get survivor feedback on flavour and ease of preparation.

Project Partner:
 Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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CLIC (Community Learning for Infection Control) 

This project will build on the standardized Infection Prevention and Control Core Competency Education Program developed by the MOHLTC in collaboration with the Ontario Hospital Association, the Ministry of Labour, the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA). In phase 1, an infection control learning module and video game 'test' were created. With an aim to keep this project scalable and sustainable in the event further modules are created, the game design program will partner with Solutions to create a new game development tool. This tool will allow the user to create simulated environments, where learners may test the application of what they have learned. With this tool, the Solutions group will develop games based on subject matter for the two new learning modules. 

Project Partner:
 Solutions Group for Infection Control: Nisbet Lodge, Bridgepoint Health, Community Care East York, Neighbourhood Link, Toronto East General Hospital 
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore 
Centre: Arts & Design
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The IPODES Project: Developing an International Prosthetic and Orthotic Diagnostic Exchange System 

Developing an International Prosthetic and Orthotic Diagnostic Exchange System (IPODES) represents the initiation of an applied research project that is investigating how best to meet the diagnostic information needs of prosthetic and orthotics (P&O) practitioners from around the world. This community of practice has need of a way to share information and resources, as well as diagnostic images, clinical data and professional advice and mentoring. The goal of this project is to conduct the initial needs assessment for the creation of the IPODES system.

Principal Investigator: Daniel Blocka
Centre: Health Sciences 


Simulated Practice Centre Program Evaluation

Evaluation of nursing students' satisfaction in using the Simulated Practice Centre program compared to the Nursing Resource Centre delivery model. 

Principal Investigator: Dianne Diniz
Centre: Health Sciences 


Design and Assembly of a Collection of Rapidly Configurable Homecare Computer Stations for Delivering Health Informatics and Monitoring Services (diagnosing a way to deliver care, anywhere) 

Develop a computer case and cabling to enable rapid delivery of computer-based health informatics to point-of-care medical devices in the home.

Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Evaluation of health promotion activities at a Retirement Home 

Demonstrate the impact of interprofessional health promotion activities in a Retirement Residence

Principal Investigator: Gary Kapelus
Centre: Health Sciences
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HIM learning outcomes: preparing for changes in the profession; what the stakeholders say. 

Exploring changing expectations and competency gaps in the HIM workplace by interviewing 20 current HIM professionals and 5 other stakeholders.

Principal Investigator: Taras Gula
Centre: Health Sciences 


Can the data collected in the Colleague Infusion Pump be generalized to infer that this 73 hours is representative of typical IV infusion practice? 

This research focuses on the use of Dose error reduction systems (DERS) in intercepting medication errors in infusion therapy. The findings will also be useful in estimating potential costs associated with interception error in medication delivery through infusion pumps.

Principal Investigator: Brigitte Couture 
Centre: Health Sciences 


PEPTalkTM 

An online patient education project that was developed in response to the need for accessible, quality health information that is tailored to meet individual patient needs.

Principal Investigator: Robert Luke


Diabetes Portal 

The Diabetes Portal was conceptualized by Dr. Michael Evans, Director of the Health Media Lab at St. Michael's Hospital, as a web-based portal for patients to access information on the complex issues around diabetes in a variety of approachable electronic formats. As diabetes affects a wide variety of individuals in terms of age, sex, cultural background, and St. Michael's Family Practice see a diverse patient base (street-involved, paediatric to geriatric, etc) it is essential that the portal content speak to diverse users. 

Project Partner: St. Michael's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design
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 Food Science

Square Snacks: Recipe Optimization and Commercialization of a Line of Healthy Snacks 

The focus of this applied research project is to create a line of delicious and healthy snacks that are easy on the digestive system, while providing the energy needed in a quick and convenient form. The consumer will be able to choose the right snack with a quick read of the package.

Project Partner: Square Snacks
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, Moira Cockburn
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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BRUNCH (Building Recipes and Understanding Nutrition for Cancer-survivor Health) 

The BRUNCH project re-designs well-loved recipes to improve nutritional value for three ethnic groups facing a high risk of colon cancer. These recipes were designed to be healthy, tasty and affordable. Feasibility testing at University Health Network's ELLICSR facility involved live demonstrations of the recipes to survivors and the use of Home Use Testing kits to get survivor feedback on flavour and ease of preparation.

Project Partner:
 Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, James Smith, Moira Cockburn 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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Formula optimization and commercialization of a line of non-dairy, organic, gluten-free, preservative free Quinoa beverages 

A 2-phase project to optimize and commercialize a line of non-dairy, organic, gluten-free, preservative-free quinoa beverages. In phase one the partner's current base formula will be optimized. In phase two, three flavour options will be developed and the formulations scaled up. 

Project Partner: Your Fitness Dish Inc.
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, Moira CockburnCentre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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N2 - Development of household baking recipes using a gluten free flour blend 

Provide baking expertise for N2 Ingredients Inc. to develop household gluten free baking recipes. 

Project Partner:
 N2 Ingredients Inc
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, Moira Cockburn 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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Developing Recipes for the Community Nutrition Teaching Model for Ethno-specific Diabetes Education and Prevention 

What do you get when you combine and temper: one part traditional recipe, one talented George Brown Professor of Nutrition, one highly motivated George Brown Culinary Management Nutrition class, and one part commitment to making an impact on the health of high risk ethnic groups? The tasty answer is Professor Sobia Khan’s project: Developing Diabetic Friendly Recipes for Ethnic Populations.

Principal Investigator: Sobia Khan
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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Sensory and Genetic Evaluation of Taste in a Population of Young Caucasian Men and Women 

Research to determine likes/dislikes and intensity of preference for various key foods and ingredients.

Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, Moira Cockburn 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts  


Process optimization for the scaling up of manufacturing for Mill Pond Cannery and Preserves Company product lines 

George Brown College is collaborating with Mill Pond Cannery and Preserves Company, a start-up company based out of Bloomfield, Ontario, to develop and commercialize 2-3 lines of products using solely Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables. Mill Pond is an innovative small-batch canning/preserves agri-food business that leverages the immense agriculture assets of Ontario, and incorporates key market-driven issues and emerging consumer preferences and concerns.

Project Partner: Mill Pond Cannery and Preserves Company
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu, Moira Cockburn 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts  


Feasibility Study for the commercialization of using Photodynamic compounds for sanitation in the Food industry 

The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Theralase Inc. are collaborating to do a feasibility study and to explore the possibilities of using the cell destroying power of Photodynamic compounds(PDCs) to attack and destroy bacterial contaminants of food. Therealase could also benefit from work with George Brown College in assistance in ascertaining the market opportunity and potential commercialization products in this field. The work includes background and market research, study of competitive technologies and delivery of recommendations on PDC application to the sanitation process in the food service and food manufacturing industry. 
Project Partner: Theralase Inc.
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts  


Organic and Diabetic-Friendly Candies 

Pure Fun Confections, Inc., a Canadian SME organic candy maker, will collaborate with George Brown College to develop gold standard, commercially viable organic candy products. 
Project Partner: Pure Fun Confections Inc.
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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Vinsseaux Traditionnel 

This research studies the Canadian wine industry to determine the value to industry of a Canadian sparkling wine appellation. 

Principal Investigator: Donna Lee
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts 


Development of a line of CHCA / Chefs' House branded products 

The objective of this project is to provide an innovative learning opportunity for the George Brown College student body. Students enrolled in various culinary programs will be able to gain experience in the commercialization of retail food products, from concept development to final production. This out of classroom learning environment will provide students with expanded career opportunities in various areas of the food industry. This project can also extend to post-production projects and/or competitions where students can work on product application recipes and packaging concepts in conjunction with design students. The products will be sold at retail and as a value added proposition, accompanied by application recipes that are delicious, healthy and simple for the home cook.

Principal Investigator: John Higgins, Moira Cockburn  
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts 


George Brown Preserving-Organic Fruit Preserves 

The objective of this project is to provide an innovative learning opportunity for the George Brown College student body. Students enrolled in various culinary programs will be able to gain experience in the commercialization of retail food products, from concept development to final production. This out of classroom learning environment will provide students with expanded career opportunities in various areas of the food industry. This project can also extend to post-production projects and/or competitions where students can work on product application recipes and packaging concepts in conjunction with design students. The products will be sold at retail and as a value added proposition, accompanied by application recipes that are delicious, healthy and simple for the home cook.

Principal Investigator: Christine Walker
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts
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Process optimization for the scaling up of manufacturing of all-organic dog biscuits. 

Providing baking and scale up expertise for local small business, Animal Sense Pet Products, to produce fine, human-grade, organic meat products, kibble and treats.
Project Partner: Animal Sense Pet Products
Principal Investigator: Winnie Chiu 
Centre: Hospitality & Culinary Arts 
More about this project 


Rudolph's Bread Project 

When Professor John Camarda of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Design (METD) program asked his project design students a question—can technology designed to cool pastries be adapted to cool bread—they thought the research project would be, well, a piece of cake. But now his third-year thesis students are finding out that there's a lot more to bread, and to the vacuum cooling chamber they are studying, than they realized. 

Principal Investigator: John Camarda
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Industrial design of chewy candy shapes 

Design shapes for chewy candies made from organic ingredients, including completion an environmental survey of products on the market. 

Principal Investigator: Dawn Davidson
Centre: Academic Excellence 


Label and brochure design for Mill Pond 

This marketing and commercialization-focused project includes creation of 5 packaging labels for 5 new flavours of fruit butters, as well as a sales brochure to promote the product.

Project Partner: Mill Pond Cannery and Preserves Company
Principal Investigator: Kimberley Pereira 
Centre: Arts & Design 



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Engineering Innovations

Mini Circuit Board 

If asked "what can fit on the head of a pin," Professor Jamie McIntyre of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Technologies would know more than most. The same, as it turns out, could be said of a pen. Recently Bloorview Kids Rehab scientist Dr. Tom Chau, with one of his post-doctoral students, David Fernandez, essentially asked McIntyre the question: "How small can you make the features of a circuit board so that they can fit on the head of a pen?"

Project Partner: Bloorview Kids Rehab
Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Smarter Meetings.com E-commerce Go to Market Strategy 

The Centre for Business and OneSmartWorld are collaborating on a 'go to market' strategy for OneSmartWorld's Smarter Meeting solution for meeting collaboration. OneSmartWorld provides practical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration solutions for leaders, teams and enterprises. Their Smarter Meeting solution is an online system to increase meeting productivity through project management process tools, which reduce time wasted in meetings and improve the quality and quantity of decision making. This online system was successfully used as a platform for the Imagine Manitoba initiative in April 2010, where the Premier of Manitoba used the system to facilitate the production of strategic recommendations on 6 economic themes in 6 hours of collaborative work. The system combines a common language for team collaboration with disciplined processes for thinking through complex problems.

Project Partner: OneSmartWorld
Principal Investigator: Nickolas Kenyeres 
Centre: BusinessArts & Design
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Development of an innovative elevator control button assembly for Right Angle Metal Fabricators Inc 

Local business Right Angle Metal Fabricators is looking to expand its market share by launching its own product, an elevator control panel. The project consists of designing and building a prototype for a novel elevator control panel. The project will go from concept, detail mechanical and electronic drawings, to building a prototype. Currently, the company integrates elevator boxes including the control panels and components. The company is forced to buy the components from competitors reducing its competitiveness in the market place. By developing its own components for elevator control panels, Right Angle will improve its competitive advantage by reducing the cost of these components and control panels. Right Angle strives to become a supplier to other elevator integrators. For Right Angle, this represents a major new line of business with potential increase in revenues and generation of new jobs in the company.

Project Partner: Right Angle Metal Fabricators
Principal Investigator: O'Brien Paul
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Prototype of a Wheelchair hockey stick 

In wheelchair hockey, quadriplegic players often have little or no upper body movement, with their hockey stick mounted to the side of their chair using tape. This method often leaves them unable to play to their full potential, and in many cases the hockey stick becomes detached from the chair when struck by another player's stick. The Prototype of a Wheelchair Hockey Stick project was designed in partnership with Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League to meet the needs of specialized hockey equipment specifically tailored to the needs of a quadriplegic individual.

Project Partner: Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League
Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Machine Intelligence: An Investigation in the Applications of Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) 

Exploring the use of a Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing (NuPIC) software package to gain an understanding of how intelligent computing using HTM technology can be used in the design and manufacturing of intelligent machines, sensors and systems.

Project Partner: Numenta Inc, Industrial Technical Services, International Society of Automation (ISA) Toronto Section, Grace Instrumentation, Hatch Engineering and Hoskin Scientific
Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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The Autonomous Walking Robot 

This project is to design and develop a prototype for the autonomous walking robot (AWR). the AWR is a clone of the athlete bot, an enhanced mobility robot developed by NASA. The athlete bot differs from other robots as it is capable of two forms of motion; walking and rolling. The AWR will be produced at a fraction of the cost of the athlete bot, making it a financially feasible option for industry. The partner, Enbridge Inc. is a leader in energy transportation, distribution and services. The project will be applied towards supporting Enbridge's initiative to reduce labour risks associated with hazardous working environments. The robot can also be used in the medical and defence fields. 

Principal Investigator: John Camarda
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Rudolph's Bread Project 

When Professor John Camarda of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Design (METD) program asked his project design students a question—can technology designed to cool pastries be adapted to cool bread—they thought the research project would be, well, a piece of cake.But now his third-year thesis students are finding out that there's a lot more to bread, and to the vacuum cooling chamber they are studying, than they realized. 

Principal Investigator: John Camarda
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Green Technologies

Efficacy Testing of Water Conditioning Technology 

This new partnership between George Brown College and H2O and More Inc, an Ontario-based SME will test claims that H2O's water conditioning units are more environmentally friendly than traditional units for treating hard water. These products use a technology that causes the minerals, including limestone, to form nano-crystals and pass through pipes, rather than forming lime deposits and corrosion. The water chemistry is not changed but the properties of the water are, and as trace elements and minerals are not removed it is safe and healthy to drink. This study tests the efficacy of the product for reducing the scaling and corrosion of pipes. 

Project Partner: H2O and More
Principal Investigator: Rainier Blundel 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Brick_Works_thumbnailRestoration of Historic Buildings at Evergreen Brick Works 

Investigate the cost/benefit of heritage restoration. Explore to what extent can heritage restoration and sustainability co-exist and how retrofits can be as cost effective and ecologically sound as possible.

Project Partner: Evergreen Brick Works
Principal Investigator: Christopher Timusk 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT): From proof of concept to production 

The objective of this project was to establish proof of concept based on a new five blade VAWT design provided by local enterprise Green Syndications. The unique shape and dimensions of the blade were reduced in scale and manufactured on George Brown's rapid prototype machine by the research team consisting of three students from the Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design program. Preliminary testing revealed that changes in the original design could make the turbine run more efficiently so the team set out to make variations in the shape of the blade and mounting angles. After extensive testing the optimum shape and mounting angle for the final turbine design was determined and a report was prepared for Green Syndications for use in their patent application.

Project Partner: Green Syndications
Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi , Tyler Krimmel 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Global Power Validation 

Global Power Systems has designed and developed a novel hybrid controller that can be used in solar and wind applications. The research lab will validate the controller operation by using it in our solar camera project, solar tracker and wind turbine. The controller will be tested on individual systems and then combined in a solar and wind application.

Project Partner: Global Power Systems
Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Copper Jack Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) Refinement Project 

George Brown College will work with Green Frontiers Inc (GFI)to further development, test and refine their Copper Jack TM drain water heat recovery (DWHR) prototype. GFI began working on the prototype approximately one and a half years ago. The initial prototype was tested by the Saskatchewan Research Council's independent laboratory. It yielded excellent performance results and showed that the prototype already performs at a competitive level compared to other similar products. The objective of the proposed project is improved upon GFI's prototype in three key areas: efficiency, customer focused design, and design for manufacturing, in preparation for commercialization. The project will be completed with the expertise of Professor Jamie McIntyre, M.Sc., Rebecca Bailey and Scott Glass of GFI, faculty from our plumbing program (TBD), engineering design students.

Project Partner: Copper Jack
Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Portable Wind Powered Generator Test Bed 

In off-grid areas, the lack of electricity prevents workers from powering much needed items including cell phones, laptops, and work lamps. Although wind turbines are commonly used to generate power in these areas, they lack the portability required by these workers. The Portable Wind Powered Generator Test Bed project was designed to solve this issue by providing a wind powered generator that would be portable, easy to set-up, and would generate enough power to charge small electronics.

Principal Investigator: Jamie McIntyre 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


Dental Oven projectDevelopment of a Solar Oven for Recycling Clinical Wax 

Design and build a solar powered oven that can be used to recycle wax used by dentistry students, to cure denture molds and to sterilize medical apparatus. The oven will be used at the new campus as well as in a remote area where no electricity is available.

Principal Investigator: Deepak Naik
Centre: Health Sciences 


Fibreglass Cladding for Sharon Temple 

This is a collaborative project between Inline Fibreglass and the Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Inline has recently developed an insulative polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre-reinforced polymer material (cladding) that can function as a protective layer over exterior siding and over the sheathing, which helps to protect a surface from water, moisture and air infiltration, and adds a layer of insulation to the entire structure without any demolition or the need to construct a second wall. Current cladding materials are very heavy, not environmentally friendly and not flexible enough to create curves if it is needed. In addition, trade shows and booths need to use lighter material for cladding so that users can move the booth to different locations. The goals of this research are to 1) Develop a new insulative material that is environmentally sustainable and structurally sound and design and build a viable building that utilizes this new insulative material; 3) Develop a manufacturing process that is efficient, environmentally sustainable, and maximizes resources; and 4) Test the viability of the cladding by observing how it weathers, and develop possibilities for applications in contemporary and/or heritage settings.

The project will be completed in two phases: Prototyping and testing. The current project is for Phase 1 only. In phase 1 of this project the commercial applications for the fiberglass material will be developed by prototyping a thicker sheet that will act as horizontal exterior siding, and thinner 4'x8' sheets that will act as interior display panels with the potential for adhering graphics. Additionally, components to lock the panels will be created, so they can expand as modular display components, which can be used in exhibitions.

Project Partner: Inline Fiberglass
Principal Investigator: Luigi Ferrara 
Centre: Arts & Design 


A Practical Field Study in the Application of Sustainable Energy Solutions for Residential Installations

Building a solar energy system using off-the-shelf technology. This project collects data on installation and material costs, skill sets required for construction, and the impact of Canadian weather conditions on performance, with a view to optimizing the efficiency of the system. 

Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


An Interactive Guide for the Retrofit of Various Vintages of Houses for Energy Efficiency, Durability and Occupant Health 

Construction and design students work together to investigate best practices in retrofitting vintage houses and then develop web content to share practices with the public. 

Principal Investigator: Christopher Timusk 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Achieving a Net-Zero Lighting System for the Classroom or Lab Environment 

OCE Connections student project. This pilot project follows up on the findings of the Practical Field Study in the Application of Sustainable Energy for Residential Installations project, which was initiated in June 2009 at the Archetype Sustainable Energy House (Kortright Centre). The preliminary findings from this research were promising, suggesting that it is feasible to achieve a Net-Zero lighting system capable of supplying all the required energy to illuminate an LED lighting system in a lab or classroom environment using stored electricity produced by photovoltaic panels. 

Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Enviro-Friendly Urban Vehicle 

OCE Connections student project. The goal of this project is to design a web interface that will allow the home owner to monitor the energy consumption of various energy systems throughout their homes. Data such as temperature, current electrical usage, past electrical usage, how much electricity and water the dishwasher is using, are just a few of the items that will be displayed on the Home Energy Monitoring Dashboard. The project involves students from the Wireless Technology Post Graduate program who will apply their expertise in defining the Wireless infrastructure required to establish communications between systems at the Kortright Centre, and assist in the development of a web portal for the dashboard. The student team will work closely with technicians from the electro-mechanical engineering technician program who will install the components required to communicate with the web interface. 

Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Design and Development of a Power Generating Speed Bump Prototype 

OCE Connections student project. This project's goal is to design and develop a prototype for a power-generating speed bump that will collect power when driven over in either direction. This improves upon the current power-generating speed bumps, as they only collect power when driven over in one direction. Once developed, our design will help to convert currently unused energy into clean power for many possible applications - it could be used in shopping centre parking lots, residential neighbourhoods or drive through food retail chains to power the overnight lights, traffic lights, etc. The city of Toronto has a vested interest in this project as with an ever growing population the city will require new and innovative methods of power generation as well as need to control vehicle speed in residential areas. 

Principal Investigator: John Camarda
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Design and Development of a Residential Wind Turbine Prototype 

This is an OCE Connections student project. Its goal is to design and develop a prototype for an urban environment wind turbine that can be used by home owners to produce energy. The design consists of a standard sized ventilator driven by wind, and the energy thus harnessed is converted into DC power by a generator. The electricity produced can be used to supplement a house in addition to the power grid. The wind turbine will be designed to be safe in urban environments - with birds, children and pets in mind. 

Principal Investigator: John Camarda
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Energy efficiency window retrofit for historic Building #1 at Evergreen Don Valley Brick Works 

The aim of this research project is to reduce the energy consumption of the historic two-story office building by addressing the non-operable windows currently in place by means of retrofit (not replacing them), while also improving occupant comfort and indoor air quality. This study assesses the cost of the retrofit, weighed against the benefits, in terms of energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and air quality. Energy efficiency is studied in terms of air leakage rates, thermal resistance, and air conditioning savings. 

Project Partner: Evergreen Brick Works
Principal Investigator: Christopher Timusk 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Intelligent Home Automation System 

This project involves developing an intelligent home automation system that will be installed at the Archetype Sustainable Energy Home located at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan. Working closely with the research team from Ryerson University the George Brown College team has collected data and tested various sub-systems installed in the house such as the security system, camera system and energy monitoring system.

Project Partner: Kortright Centre for Conservation
Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Solar Powered Remote Camera System 

This project involves the design of a solar energy system that can be used to power a remote surveillance camera system. The system will use photovoltaic panels, a charge controller and a battery bank to keep the high energy consuming camera system operational over extended periods without sunshine. 

Project Partner: Evergreen Brick Works
Principal Investigator: Leo Salemi
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


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Digital Design & Information Technology

Hospital Watch Live Hand Hygiene Compliance Module 

"Hospital Watch Live Hand Hygiene Compliance Module" engages BA and BSA students in the creation of a new application of existing industry partner software. In collaboration with Infonaut, George Brown students will research and design a system that can support hand hygiene compliance monitoring in hospital environments, based on the Hospital Watch Live system currently being tested at the Simulated Nursing Practice Center. Project activities such as requirements gathering, stakeholder analysis, business and system modelling will allow for a hand-off of the proposed module design to Infonaut to be developed, and eventually integrated into their software platform. The end goal of incorporating hand-washing compliance monitoring applications into the Hospital Watch Live RTLS system is to enhance infection control in hospital environments. 

Project Partner: Infonaut Inc
Principal Investigator: Tyler Krimmel
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Design and Efficacy Assessment of MPRR Pandemic/Emergency Preparedness and Response Management Toolkit 

This project is to refine for market the Communications and Fan-out components of Tenet Computer Group Inc.'s web-based information management and decision support system for hospital pandemic/emergency preparedness and response management. 

Project Partner: Tenet 
Principal Investigator:Patricia Marten-Daniel 
Centre: Continuous Learning 
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Flash Animations for SCI-U E-Learning Modules 

The Spinal-Cord Injury – University is an online destination for people who want to learn about healthy living with a spinal cord injury. Designed for patients and their families, SCI-U will offer interactive courses on a range of important self-care topics. The courses are developed by consumers and clinicians, and include practical information, rich multimedia and video testimonials. 

Project Partner: Lawson Health Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore, Dario Segura 
Centre: Arts & Design
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CLIC (Community Learning for Infection Control) 

This project will build on the standardized Infection Prevention and Control Core Competency Education Program developed by the MOHLTC in collaboration with the Ontario Hospital Association, the Ministry of Labour, the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA). In phase 1, an infection control learning module and video game 'test' were created. With an aim to keep this project scalable and sustainable in the event further modules are created, the game design program will partner with Solutions to create a new game development tool. This tool will allow the user to create simulated environments, where learners may test the application of what they have learned. With this tool, the Solutions group will develop games based on subject matter for the two new learning modules. 

Project Partner:
 Solutions Group for Infection Control: Nisbet Lodge, Bridgepoint Health, Community Care East York, Neighbourhood Link, Toronto East General Hospital 
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore 
Centre: Arts & Design
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iSmartMeter iPhone Bluetooth Smart Home Controller Application 

Create an iPhone-based digital interface for controlling electrical components of a household in order to reduce demands on the energy grid. 

Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design 


Viability of Mobile Wireless Content Distribution for Vehicle Entertainment Systems (VES) 

The research on this project provided product environment testing.

Principal Investigator: Tyler Krimmel
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies  


MusIQkids Beta Prototype Development of the SmarterKids Training Game 

In a project funded by OCE Connections, first-year students in the Game Development program designed the art, assets and animations for the educational game based on MusIQkids’ Smarter Kids Training (SKT) modules. According to MusIQKids, testing suggested that children included the training group improved up to 14 IQ points more than the control group. The project produced a working beta prototype that was used for final product development, ultimately taking the Smarter Kids module to market.



Project Partner: MusIQkids Corp
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design 


Adapting Mobile Scanning Device to Patient Care 

The goal to move data quickly and accurately is as important, if not more so, in healthcare as in a warehouse, retail outlet or manufacturing plant—and not just for efficiency, but for timely, updated and comprehensive access to care. Yet hospital staff equipped with Wireless handheld devices to input and retrieve patient data at the bedside is still a relatively uncommon sight in Canada. This was the impetus for Symbol Technologies (now a division of Motorola) to begin a design project with Professor Khalid Danok of George Brown College's School Of Computer Technologies, along with his students in the three-year Computer Systems Technology diploma program. Students must complete real-world field projects with industry partners in the final semester of their program. The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Connections program helped fund the project.

Project Partner: Symbol Technologies
Principal Investigator: Khalid Danok 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 
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Interactive Voice Recognition Development using Asterisk VoIP voice server. 

Building an IVR automated menu system with a PHP backend that enables the IVR caller to query a MySQL Database. Based on the results of the query; the IVR system passes the information in Voice to the caller on the phone.

Principal Investigator: Khalid Danok 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Student's internal communication and alert system using Asterisk VoIP voice server 

This project involves the build of a communications system for students in the coverage area of the different campuses of a given college. The system is designed in real-time, fully-automated and linked to a database system. The system will use the student ID as the extension to reach the students for the internal voice communication, which can also be used as an automated alerting system to distribute mass alerts to students.

Principal Investigator: Khalid Danok 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Podcasting_thumbnailTesting the Educational Use of Podcast Technology and Mobile Media 

Graphic design professor Jim Kinney's involvement in a software-testing project with Apple Canada gave him a prime opportunity to secure his curriculum, his teaching—and his students—at the cutting edge of learning and applied research.

Project Partner: Apple Canada
Principal Investigator: Jim Kinney
Centre: Arts & Design
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The Design, Implementation and Integration of IP PBX and Application for VoIP based Home Automation System 

When Canadian Computer Technology (CCT) wanted to develop and test a new application and components in telephony, the company called on George Brown College's Professor Khalid Danok and offered an opportunity for four of his students in the post-graduate Wireless Networking Program to team up with the innovation engineering team at CCT. The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Connections program also responded to the call, providing $3,500 in funding to enable the students to work directly with the industry partner on the design project. George Brown's Office of Applied Research and Innovation extended the project's complexity and components through seed funding, and CCT provided engineering resources for knowledge transfer and guidance to the students. 

Project Partner: Canadian Computer Technology (CCT)
Principal Investigator: Khalid Danok
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies
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Development of a web-based information dashboard for Fleetmetrica Inc's SafetyMonitor Phase 1: Data analysis and user interface 

The Centre for Construction and Engineering has partnered with Fleetmetrica Inc. to develop their SafetyMonitor™ product. Fleetmetrica Inc. is a new business venture incorporated in early 2010 with plans to offer an enhanced web-based information dashboard to commercial heavy truck fleet owners to improve safety and to reduce the risk of fines and accidents. This project looks to the development of the front end (data analysis and user interface using a sample dataset) of Fleetmetrica's SafetyMonitor™. This project supports the company at a critical juncture by creating a fully working prototype of the front end of the product that will enable the company to initiate their patent filing. At completion of the project Fleetmetrica Inc. will be in a position to secure financing to refine their product and take it to the market. The project will move their business from the proof of concept and validation stage to first stage financing. 

Project Partner: Canadian Computer Technology (CCT)
Principal Investigator: Ylber Ramadani 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


WERO Commercial eLearning Portal 

The Wero Digital Distribution Network is a prototype of a digital distribution service for serious 'video games'. The portal will facilitate the sales and marketing of serious games to educators, learners, and the general public, and provide a first-in-Canada outlet of its kind for serious games. The site will also provide curriculum information about the games and associated lesson plans making it easier to connect educators with the content appropriate for their class. The project will be launched as a joint venture between Wero Creative (werocreative.com) and George Brown College's Advanced Digital Design and Game Development Programs.

Project Partner: Wero Creative
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design 


PEPTalkTM 

An online patient education project that was developed in response to the need for accessible, quality health information that is tailored to meet individual patient needs.

Principal Investigator: Robert Luke


Eco-Road challenge - Interactive video game 

Development of an educational video game to raise awareness of road ecology, and a web site to collect and record average knowledge of user. This project also included instalment of a touch screen interactive kiosk at the Toronto Zoo. 

Project Partner: Toronto Zoo
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design 


Childrens_Play_thumbnailThe researchers on this project investigate integrating the concept of microcredit loans as a solution to poverty related issues through choices based in game play. Throughout the game, microcredit must be defined and explained, such that the children/youth playing the game understand the importance of programs like these. 

Principal Investigator: Adam Clare
Centre: Arts & Design 



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Design

Marketing Research and Business Planning for PlayLab   

The Centre for Business and PlayLab Inc. are collaborating to create a marketing and sales strategy for PlayLab. This company offers a series of unique hands–on project based educational experiences for students in Grades 1 – 6. Objectives include preparing a data base of prospective clients, creating a branding and marketing strategy, and creating a web and social media strategy. Marketing students benefit by direct involvement in local industry, and the opportunity to gain practical experience. This project provides George Brown College with applied collaboration with industry to explore the leading-edge of research in Marketing, while the industry partner will benefit from this collaborative project with a customized marketing and sales strategy.

Project Partner: PlayLab Inc.
Principal Investigator: Matthew Linton 
Centre: BusinessArts & Design
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Family Practice of the Future 

Waiting Room Design project is collaboration between St Michael's Hospital and the George Brown College, Architectural Technician Program. St Michael's Hospital worked with an architectural firm to design the Family Practice of the Future for their 80 Bond St location. The concept of the Family Practice of the Future is to include technology, inter-professional care, chronic disease management, self-care, and the new ways people manage their lives. Students in the architectural technology program designed the waiting area of the new practice based on the specifications provided by St Michaels. A second phase of this project focuses on usability assessment of the waiting room area.

Project Partner: St. Michael's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Marlene Slopack 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


Fibreglass Cladding for Sharon Temple 

This is a collaborative project between Inline Fibreglass and the Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Inline has recently developed an insulative polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre-reinforced polymer material (cladding) that can function as a protective layer over exterior siding and over the sheathing, which helps to protect a surface from water, moisture and air infiltration, and adds a layer of insulation to the entire structure without any demolition or the need to construct a second wall. Current cladding materials are very heavy, not environmentally friendly and not flexible enough to create curves if it is needed. In addition, trade shows and booths need to use lighter material for cladding so that users can move the booth to different locations. The goals of this research are to 1) Develop a new insulative material that is environmentally sustainable and structurally sound and design and build a viable building that utilizes this new insulative material; 3) Develop a manufacturing process that is efficient, environmentally sustainable, and maximizes resources; and 4) Test the viability of the cladding by observing how it weathers, and develop possibilities for applications in contemporary and/or heritage settings.

The project will be completed in two phases: Prototyping and testing. The current project is for Phase 1 only. In phase 1 of this project the commercial applications for the fiberglass material will be developed by prototyping a thicker sheet that will act as horizontal exterior siding, and thinner 4'x8' sheets that will act as interior display panels with the potential for adhering graphics. Additionally, components to lock the panels will be created, so they can expand as modular display components, which can be used in exhibitions.

Project Partner: Inline Fiberglass
Principal Investigator: Luigi Ferrara 
Centre: Arts & Design 


SIMS (Scalable Interactive Modulable System) Furniture: an interactive, user-centric system 

The SIMS prototype application allows users to create, size, move, rotate and texture a bench in a 3D environment.

Principal Investigator: Luigi Ferrara 
Centre: Arts & Design
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Industrial design of chewy candy shapes 

Design shapes for chewy candies made from organic ingredients, including completion an environmental survey of products on the market. 

Principal Investigator: Dawn Davidson
Centre: Academic Excellence 


Label and brochure design for Mill Pond 

This marketing and commercialization-focused project includes creation of 5 packaging labels for 5 new flavours of fruit butters, as well as a sales brochure to promote the product.

Project Partner: Mill Pond Cannery and Preserves Company
Principal Investigator: Kimberley Pereira 
Centre: Arts & Design 


Auto 21 Project 

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of child death in Canada. With the correct use of child restraints, 75 percent of such deaths and serious injuries are preventable. Since September 2005, Ontario's new booster seat law requires children between 40 and 80 lbs and up to eight years old to use a booster seat in vehicles. In sync with the new law, Magna Aftermarket Inc. approached George Brown College's School of Design students and Director Luigi Ferrara to conduct contract research on Magna's functional-prototype booster seat and devise educational programs to encourage its use. Working with the University of Windsor, the School of Design developed research instruments to test children's and families' reactions to Magna's prototype. Auto 21 supported the contract research. 

Project Partner: Magna Aftermarket Inc. 
Centre: Arts & Design
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Children's Greenhouse Charrette 

Evergreen Brickworks needed sustainable and ecologically friendly design solutions to create a "Children's Greenhouse" that can support educational programs focused on increasing community ecological literacy. StudioLab, Architectural Technology and Institute Without Boundaries students will organized to deliver a charrette addressing these requirements.

Project Partner: Evergreen Brick Works
Principal Investigator: Steffanie Adams 
Centre: Construction & Engineering Technologies 


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Urban Design

Sustainable Product Development for Community Housing in Canada 

This is an OCE Connections student project. The Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is the largest landlord in Toronto, with more than 164,000 residents housed in 58,500 residences in the GTA. The TCHC has a major division devoted to sourcing and ordering custom products for their housing stock. Typically, decisions about the products purchased or custom-ordered for their sites have been based on the cost of purchase. Recent growing awareness around the importance of sustainability and the cost of use for many of the items needed for housing stock have begun to change how products are sourced and designed. Students researched socially and environmentally responsible materials, manufacturing techniques and principles of design, identified existing products that can fulfill the needs of the TCHC, and proposed new designs and sourcing methods to fulfill these needs. The results of this project were exhibited at George Brown College

Project Partner: Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Lemieux
Centre: Arts & Design 


City Systems: Sustainability in Urban Infrastructure Development 

OCE Connections student project. The city of Toronto has expanded greatly in the past 60 years and now serves as home to more than 5 million residents, many of them not born in Canada. The city's infrastructure is beginning to near the end of its useful life span and much of it is in need of repair, renovation, restructuring and replacement. The City Systems project will propose new ways of living that will coordinate a balance between our personal ambitions, our need for community and our global responsibility. Students will research the history of urban infrastructure both globally and locally, investigate the ways that society's use of the infrastructure has changed over time and propose new solutions that address system problems holistically. Areas of investigation will include: sustainable and affordable construction options; sustainable greening strategies; the human impact of shared public spaces in low, medium and high density residential areas; sustainable living patterns and innovative infrastructure design solutions in other cities. The results of this project were exhibited at the Interior Design Show in January 2010 and at George Brown College.

Principal Investigator: Silvio Ciarlandini 
Centre: Arts & Design 


Redesigning How to Live in the Inner Suburbs 

The popular view of Toronto defines the city by its downtown core, and by contrast to the 905 outer suburbs. But it is the areas between these two poles, Toronto's inner suburbs, that contain the bulk of the amalgamated city's growing population, much of its aging population and cultural diversity, many poorer residents—and a greater proportion of neighbourhood infrastructure that is in decline. It is this kind of neighbourhood - within 14 kilometres of downtown, in parts of North York, East York and York, Scarborough and Etobicoke - that George Brown's Institute Without Boundaries (IwB) in the School of Design aimed to address through its Renovate Your Neighbourhood student research and design project in 2008-2009.

Principal Investigator: Elise Hodson 
Centre: Arts & Design
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Fashion Design

Scout_Rebrand_thumbnailScout Style 

Revamping the current Scout's uniform and its related accessories to build brand awareness, while tackling diversity concerns and environmental needs, with a view to enhancing membership while maintaining the core values of Scouts Canada

Project Partner: Scouts Canada
Principal Investigator: Marilyn McNeil Morin 
Centre: Arts & Design 


A study of the apparel industry's needs to become more successful in the market (focusing on the consumer's need for apparel products) 

The primary goal of this project is to help local apparel designers and manufacturers become more competitive in the market. By analyzing data and surveying consumers in the market, we can determine the requirements and preferences of the consumers. In turn manufacturers could produce products that fulfill the customers' needs and wants, thus enhancing their success.

Principal Investigator: Winnie Kwan
Centre: Arts & Design 


Stitchsations Product Plan 

Stitchsations has been manufacturing and selling embellished towels for >20 years under the leadership of entrepreneur, Shaheda Bhabha. In recent years Stitchsations has seen their revenues decline as their key clients, independent bath boutiques, have been replaced by international retail chains that exclusively source products from India/China. The resulting reduced demand for embellished towels has caused Stitchsations to approach George Brown College to evaluate the feasibility of using their unique embroidery technology and expertise to create new product lines of high value, embellished fashion apparel and other possible product categories. Stitchsations will work with Fashion Design students and faculty in order to conduct market research into the opportunity for embroidered fashion products, to conduct feasibility of applying Stitchsations technology to embellishing specific materials/textiles, and to produce initial textile/style samples of an embellished product. Fashion Design is evaluating the creation of a course in textile embellishment and a strategic partnership with a developer of embroidery software, so this Project provides George Brown College the opportunity to explore garment embellishment as a focus of class curriculum.

This project provides market reports that will allows this local small business to utilize existing technological and business infrastructure to enter new product markets, or to alternatively recommend the creation of new services to leverage these assets.

Project Partner: Stitchsations
Principal Investigator: Zoran Dobric 
Centre: Arts & Design
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Teaching & Learning

WERO Commercial eLearning Portal Portal 

The Wero Digital Distribution Network is a prototype of a digital distribution service for serious 'video games'. The portal will facilitate the sales and marketing of serious games to educators, learners, and the general public, and provide a first-in-Canada outlet of its kind for serious games. The site will also provide curriculum information about the games and associated lesson plans making it easier to connect educators with the content appropriate for their class. The project will be launched as a joint venture between Wero Creative (werocreative.com) and George Brown College's Advanced Digital Design and Game Development Programs.

Project Partner: Wero Creative
Principal Investigator: Jean-Paul Amore
Centre: Arts & Design 


 Math_Tutorial_thumbnailOnline Tutorials: Statistical Literacy and Math Modules 

Develop on-line, interactive, media rich statistics and math tutorials for non-math college students.

Principal Investigator: Taras Gula
Centre: Health Sciences
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 Nursing_Lang_Supp_thumbnailPractical Nursing Clinical Language Support: Learning Contracts in an Inter-Professional Context 

Assess the impact of recent strategies on the communication skills of contracted students in second and third semesters in the full-time PN program over the course of one semester. 
Principal Investigator: Monique Bacher
Centre: Health Sciences 


Nursing_Practium_thumbnailExploration of Factors Related to Students' Learning in their Practicum in a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program (BScN) 

Investigating the influence of two factors (integration of theoretical concepts and instruction) on student learning in their practicum. 

Principal Investigator: Anita Jennings
Centre: Health Sciences 


Exploring RN perspectives regarding their education in statistics and their competency and confidence to utilize statistics at the entry-to-practice level 

Explore: Which teaching strategies nurses remember to be most helpful. To what extent recent nurse graduates feel confident utilizing statistics at the entry-to-practice level. What recent nursing graduates identify as gaps in their statistics preparation. 

Principal Investigator: Iris Epstein
Centre: Health Sciences 


ESL_Listening_thumbnail Listening Tasks for College ESL Students 

Explores instructional design principles that should be followed in the design and development of ESL listening tasks in order to promote effective learning using students' mobile devices. 

Principal Investigator: Aga Palalas 
Centre: International  


Assessing the Benefits of an After-School Program for Middle School Students: An Outcome and Process Evaluation of the Beyond 330 Program 

This project was an evaluation of an after-school program delivered by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (the foundation of the Toronto District School Board). The evaluation involved focus groups with student participants, and with parents of the participants, interviews with program staff and school administrators, an on-line survey of participants, a review of the relevant literature and conducting an analysis of all the findings.

The students working on this project gained valuable knowledge and research experience conducting the student focus groups and taking notes during the focus groups with parents. The end benefit of this project was the feedback to the partner, allowing them to showcase their impact and improve their program for subsequent years.

Project Partner: Toronto Foundation for Student Success 
Principal Investigator: Brenda Pipitone


Adopting a Community Partnership Approach to Training and Employment: A Formative Evaluation of the Green Ladder Program 

The purpose of the project was to undertake a qualitative survey of youth development and employment programs, to assess the range and depth of their services. The results of this survey and its analysis were to provide background information for a feasibility study for a youth development and employment initiative being proposed by a consortium of community agencies and stakeholders, with the support of the Community partnerships Office of George Brown College.

This project developed a unique tool for surveying the target agencies. Students in this program were trained in administering the tool and in scoring the responses.

The outcomes of this project were used in proposals to secure funding for the new youth development and employment initiative .

Principal Investigator: Brenda Pipitone


Development of a model to assess the effectiveness of emergency preparedness through simulation training. 

Testing of a new simulation-based emergency management and preparedness model.

Principal Investigator: Patricia Marten-Daniel 
Centre: Continuous Learning  


Investigating the Educational Effectiveness of 3-D Learning Objects: A Pilot Study 

Investigational research to study the educational efficacy of high resolution three dimensional (3D) images and establish curricular use case models.

Principal Investigator: Sandra Neill


Composition Delivery and Pedagogy in Ontario Postsecondary Institutions 

Explore the breadth of Composition teaching in Ontario via a comparative analysis of college and university delivery and pedagogy.

Principal Investigator: Richard Almonte 
Centre: BusinessArts & Design 


Using Psychometric Profiles to Predict Student Academic Achievement and Improve Program Teaching, Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Development 

Develop and administer a psychometric profile to measure strength of certain self-management traits in business students and their relationship to enhancement of students' abilities.

Principal Investigator: Stoney Kudel
Centre: Business, Arts & Design 


Simulated Practice Centre Program Evaluation 

Evaluation of nursing students' satisfaction in using the Simulated Practice Centre program compared to the Nursing Resource Centre delivery model. 

Principal Investigator: Dianne Diniz
Centre: Health Sciences 


HUB of excellence process evaluation 

Evaluating the new e- learning Hub of Excellence in Nursing Education for practicing nurses in rural and remote areas of Ontario.

Principal Investigator: Dianne Diniz
Centre: Health Sciences 


Improving Statistical Literacy in Health Information Management professionals through a Learning Object 

This project focuses on the development of a game-like statistics education web site and measuring the effectiveness of this tool in improving statistical literacy.

Principal Investigator: Taras Gula
Centre: Health Sciences 


Exploring the Ethical Decision-Making Process of Pre-and Post-Licensure Health Care Providers in an Interprofessional Context 

This research involved the collection of baseline data for a project for developing Interprofessional ethics education. 

Principal Investigator: Christine Houston
Centre: Health Sciences 


Re_entry_Mothers_School_thumbnailRe-entry Mothers at Community College: What are their support needs? 

Explore what support services women over 25, with children, require to improve their educational experiences. 

Principal Investigator: Margo Novak


Documenting Student Gains in Emotional Intelligence from Program Start to Completion 

Document whether student's EQI changes over 2-year program and whether Bar-On EQI instrument captures the changes.

Principal Investigator: Johanne Clare 
Centre: Community Services & Early Childhood 


International_Students_thumbnail Intercultural Competency in International Students' Experience While Studying in Canada 

Document the development of Inter-cultural maturity in Indian students coming to Canada to study, and prepare recommendations on curriculum refinement to build best international partnerships in a global economy. 

Principal Investigator: Crystal Kotow-Sullivan 
Centre: Preparatory & Liberal Studies  


Construction Craft Worker Extended Training: investigating the relationship between student characteristics and program outcomes 

Facilitate the collection and analysis of data about the effectiveness of the Construction Craft Worker Extended Training program [CCWET]. This training uses the Augmented Education model developed at George Brown College for students who have a history of serious mental illness, addictions, or both. As a result, they often have poor employment histories with long gaps, unstable housing, and similar problems; most are on long-term social assistance. 

Principal Investigator: Tony Priolo
Centre: Preparatory & Liberal Studies  


HIM learning outcomes: preparing for changes in the profession; what the stakeholders say. 

Exploring changing expectations and competency gaps in the HIM workplace by interviewing 20 current HIM professionals and 5 other stakeholders.

Principal Investigator: Taras Gula
Centre: Health Sciences 


The Effect of Nursing Leadership and Structural Empowerment on Staff Nurse Clinical Leadership. 

Develop and test a model of staff nurse clinical leadership, integrating Kouzes and Posner's concept of leadership and Kanter's organizational empowerment theory to describe how nurse managers' use of leadership practices create empowering work environments that enable the clinical leadership behaviour of staff nurses.

Principal Investigator: Allison Patrick 
Centre: Health Sciences 


Testing the Educational Use of Podcast Technology and Mobile Media 

Graphic design professor Jim Kinney's involvement in a software-testing project with Apple Canada gave him a prime opportunity to secure his curriculum, his teaching—and his students—at the cutting edge of learning and applied research.

Project Partner: Apple Canada
Principal Investigator: Jim Kinney
Centre: Arts & Design
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Investigating an Integrated Interprofessional Diabetes Curriculum 

This project proposes to implement and evaluate a unique form of interprofessional learning, based on a proven methodology developed and used by the Centre for the Study of Pain at UofT. This integrated interprofessional curriculum focuses on the study of the interprofessional prevention and management of diabetes, a critically important topic for many health sciences and related programs. This project involves approximately 20 students from a number of different health science and community service professions, most of whom are completing a field placement in the Community Learning Centre for Healthy Living (Health Promotion Hub) at Casa Loma campus.

Principal Investigator: Gary Kapelus
Centre: Health Sciences