Every year, Research InfoSource Inc. ranks Canada’s 50 research colleges, in addition to other rankings that help to highlight the strengths of Canada’s research environment. Humber is consistently named one of the top research colleges in Canada.
Humber is also one of the highest-ranked colleges for research partnerships, which bring together industry and community organizations, researchers, and students to collaborate on projects that use new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges
with immediate practical applications. Project outcomes often lead to innovative products and services that benefit the economy and society.
Consortium Partner: SEW-EURODRIVE
SEW-EURODRIVE is a world leader in drive technology and pioneer in drive-based automation.
Design and conduct a research project to explore the prospect of harvesting energy from prevailing machines to power monitoring electronics.
Provided electrical and engineering expertise from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology (FAST), student research assistants, staff expertise and facilities within the Barrett CTI.
A solution to harvest energy from the magnetic field surrounding the transformer was achieved. In the process of conducting this research, the team has gained knowledge and established a complete energy harvesting test setup at the Barrett CTI that can be used for future projects and developments in this growing field.
Technology and Automation on Kuka's Coffee Cell
The collaboration between industry partner Kuka Canada, faculty and students from the Electromechanical Engineering Technology program saw the design and build of a robotics integration demonstration cell, an integrated system that can take orders from users and prepare personalized coffee for trade show and product demonstration purposes. One of the primary purposes of the robotic cell is to demonstrate the many capabilities and versatility of a KUKA KR6 R700-2 robotic arm. This was accomplished by designing an application where the arm acts as a barista. Users are able to send in an order for a personalized cup of coffee and will be able to observe the robot write the name of the user on the cup, pick the selected coffee pod flavor, and use a coffee machine to brew the coffee. The successful project spanned 8 months and gave invaluable practical experiences for the students working on real life technology challenges.
The Centre for Social Innovation is Just Getting Started
The Centre for Social Innovation is just getting started. With their vision and mandate nearly done and a leader to join their team later in 2022, Humber’s CSI will soon be another strong pillar of the COI Network. In the coming months, the CSI will offer students, staff and community partners the platform to explore innovative solutions to complex social issues.
Experiences of hope, self-compassion and authentic collaboration
Foundations for a consumer-informed compassion-based human services delivery framework in a Canadian context: Working in partnership with Lutherwood, Juniper House, the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, Heartache2Hope, Hope Resource Centre Association, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation - National and London Region, Principal Investigators Tina Lackner and Cristina Guerrero are collecting stories from Canadians who have provided or received human services to help create a guiding framework to help Canadian Human Services organizations be more responsive to the aspirations and preferences of the people they serve.
Community Agency Partnerships: Best Practices for the Creation of Healthy Communities
Aiming to reduce youth crime and gang violence in Canada, Principal Investigator Ann Wallington is working with The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan and Street Culture Project Inc. to examine how community agency partnership networks can be effective in preventing youth from entering the criminal justice system. The study is identifying best practices to create and maintain these partnerships between agencies and will evaluate existing programs to see if they are trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, free from systemic racism, and aligned with the agency’s commitment to reconciliation.