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Abstract: Working with Humber students and faculty, RHSP Consulting is developing a workforce-planning application called EasyFTE to service the telecom/contact centre industry, targeting business planners, analysts, and managers. EasyFTE will provide a cost- and user-friendly platform to calculate and understand high level FTE (full-time equivalent) staff requirements. To date, a team of Information Technology students has built a working beta version of the application, including account creation and authentication, responsive design, and analytics. The team will continue to build out the full application next year.
Researcher: Nithyakalyani Thayananthan
Project Completion Date: Apr 16, 2016

Cricket Hero online game proof of concept

Abstract: Humber Information Technology Solutions students worked with Livera Sports Inc. to build a proof-of-concept fantasy cricket web platform, Cricket Hero. Cricket Hero will be a unique and innovative website that allows players to play year-round against each other with accompanying content and analytics to provide a full-service fantasy cricket experience. The students have designed and developed the databases of the site in phase 1 and Livera Sports will work with another team of students to develop the front-end of the platform as phase 2.
Researcher: Razieh Niazi
Project Completion Date: Apr 16, 2016

Beyond Compliance: A student-centered study on accessible and inclusive video captioning

Abstract: Faculty members Hillary Rexe and Anne Zbitnew worked with a group of students from the Media Foundation program to determine how best to make video content in their courses universally inclusive and accessible. Two workshops, which were created and facilitated by Charles Silverman, a co-investigator from Ryerson School of Disability Studies, took place at Humber in March 2016. The workshops introduced participants to captioning video for inclusive design. The students learned about captioning history and grammar and experimented with software. Film and Television students Alex Valliancourt and Julian Zakrzewski made a video that documented the workshops. The investigation explored how learning to caption video affected the students’ perception of the importance of inclusive video content, and their responses will support further inquiry into accessible and inclusive design.
Researcher: Hillary Rexe
Project Completion Date: Apr 16, 2016

A series of case reports regarding the effect of massage therapy on sleep quality in veterans with PTSD

Abstract: It was the hypothesis was that massage therapy treatment would improve sleep quality for veterans diagnosed with PTSD that participated. Initial analysis suggests that there were not significant changes in the questionnaires used. Additionally, it has been found that participants were compliant with care, and no significant adverse events were noted. As this is a case series, no causative outcomes will be described by this research. It is difficult to explain at this time why the hypothesis was not supported by the results so far; from our knowledge of PTSD, it is possible that, as the underlying cause of the disturbed sleep was unlikely to be resolved in the given time frame, the participants did not have a significant change in their sleep pattern.
Researcher: Bryn Sumpton
Project Completion Date: Apr 01, 2016

Canopy cohousing research and design

Abstract: Working with a team of post-secondary students across Toronto, faculty member Marcin Kedzior analyzed the potential of six sites in Toronto for the development of Cohousing – a new paradigm of living wherein certain common areas and outdoor spaces are intentionally shared by a community. Building on this investigation, the team designed and built a public space and adapted the idea to a co-working space—a shared working environment—at the Centre for Social Innovation, on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto.
Researcher: Marcin Kedzior
Project Completion Date: Apr 01, 2016

Usability of Fresh City website and online shopping cart

Abstract: A team of Web Development and Multimedia Design and Development students worked with Fresh City Farms to determine whether there are any barriers to buying products through the Fresh City Farms website. After performing a content audit of the site and collecting and analyzing user card sorting data, the students prepared a report on the usability of the site. The results showed that new users would benefit from a more simplistic process, and Fresh City plans to implement the recommended changes in the coming year.
Researcher: Bernie Monette
Project Completion Date: Mar 16, 2016

Design and fabrication of printable strain sensors

Abstract: Hooman Nabovati and student Peter Andrews worked with University of Toronto to fabricate printable strain sensors on a flexible substrate . Strain sensors are important building blocks for making various mechanical sensors with a wide range of applications. The technology provides an opportunity to develop a semiconductor device fabrication platform. The team printed strain gauges onto polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheets using a consumer-grade inkjet printer and silver ink. The printed gauges demonstrated significant piezoresistive properties that resulted in a relatively high gauge factor (GF) and a larger change in resistance when compared to a commercial gauge. As well, the nominal resistance also increased with increasing length, keeping the GF approximately constant.
Researcher: Hooman Nabovati
Project Completion Date: Mar 01, 2016

Examining the effect of deer browsing and soil compaction on forest regeneration

Abstract: In order to determine the knowledge gap in the effects of deer browsing and soil compaction on species composition and forest regeneration, Landscape Technician student Heather MacKay completed two literature reviews: “Deer Browsing and Forest Regeneration” and “Soil Compaction and Forest Regeneration.” Then Heather collected soil samples at the Humber Arboretum and found that sites that are subjected to significant foot traffic have higher soil density than the forest surrounding those sites. The team also compiled an inventory of plant species in the compacted and non-compacted sites. Based on the results of this pilot study, Heather has written recommendations for further study that include setting up enclosures to keep out deer and people and observing resulting changes in species composition and plant regeneration from soils that have been compacted.
Researcher: Igino Teolis
Project Completion Date: Feb 16, 2016

Passive House development

Abstract: This is a multidisciplinary project whereby students from the Architectural Technology, Sustainable Energy and Building Technology, Project Management, Computer Engineering Technology and Supply Chain Management programs have come together to test a multitude of design schemes for a passive house to be constructed at The Kortright Centre as part of The BRE Innovation Park. The team has created a preliminary design proposal that incorporates passive house performance levels, Canadian products, and mechanical and glazing materials, and net zero energy ready design.
Researcher: Elizabeth Fenuta
Project Completion Date: Dec 31, 2015

Online connections: how students use online social networking at Humber

Abstract: Building on a pilot study conducted last year, a team of students worked with faculty member Naveen Joshi to analyze the ways that students use online social networks to meet their academic goals. The research team conducted a series of semi-structured interviews, analyzed this qualitative data, and discovered that academic discipline impacted how students communicated and the type of information they shared online. The study also revealed the prominence of race and gender issues in student self-representation.
Researcher: Naveen Joshi
Project Completion Date: Dec 01, 2015