App uses artificial intelligence to track healing wounds in real time

U of A engineering students beat out 3M and others with an invention that lets patients know when to seek care

App uses artificial intelligence to track healing wounds in real timeThree University of Alberta engineering students have developed a mobile app that tracks the progress of a healing wound. The app calculates whether treatments are working as they should based on descriptions of size, depth and shape along with more subjective impressions of pain and irritation, says programmer Connor Povoledo. Accurate tracking can predict infection…

Making health care more equitable one ultrasound image at a time

AI-powered portable ultrasound system makes scans and diagnoses accessible from anywhere

Making health care more equitable one ultrasound image at a timeImagine if family doctors, nurses, technicians – even ski patrollers – could use handheld ultrasound devices to screen for everything from hip dysplasia to wrist fractures to heart disease from anywhere. A new approach to scans developed at the University of Alberta pairs the accessibility of portable ultrasound with an artificial intelligence app that can…

Hydrogen could be the next big thing in Alberta energy

The province has the resources, infrastructure and workforce to produce the clean energy source

Hydrogen could be the next big thing in Alberta energyOn the path to a decarbonized future, Alberta could become a global leader in the export of hydrogen. Amit Kumar, who advised the provincial government in developing its Hydrogen Roadmap, says the province is already well ahead of the production game, having developed large-scale hydrogen infrastructure and expertise for the oil sands industry. Alberta is, in…

Made-in-Alberta sanitizing device kills SARS-CoV-2 virus in 60 seconds

The TESER ACT unit uses UV light to kill viruses and other common pathogens

Made-in-Alberta sanitizing device kills SARS-CoV-2 virus in 60 secondsA new made-in-Alberta sanitization product to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 will soon be in use at the Edmonton International Airport and government offices in Calgary and Edmonton, thanks to a partnership with scientists at the University of Alberta’s Biosafety Level 3 Lab. The TESER ACT unit uses ultraviolet-C light from hundreds of LED light…

Effectiveness, public perceptions of carbon storage technology studied

Funding boosts project to help accelerate time to market for advances in carbon capture, storage

Effectiveness, public perceptions of carbon storage technology studiedCarbon capture and storage facilities can sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions and prevent them from entering the atmosphere – but effective and cost-efficient monitoring technology is needed to ensure the CO2 being put into the ground is actually staying there. “The challenge here is that we want the CO2 to stay underground for…

Researchers find new uses for oil sands leftovers

Engineering projects explore three ways to turn a component of bitumen into carbon fibre

Researchers find new uses for oil sands leftoversCarbon fibre is strong, light and resistant to corrosion, making it ideal for composites used in various products. Think of wheelchairs, bikes, buses, construction materials and more. Unfortunately, it’s expensive to produce. That’s a problem three researchers in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering – Cagri Ayranci, Kevin Hodder and Zhi Li – are trying to solve by…

Greener, cheaper hydrogen could give Alberta a new edge in energy

Aurora Hydrogen’s technology uses microwaves to generate the increasingly valuable fuel, emissions free

Greener, cheaper hydrogen could give Alberta a new edge in energyResearchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto have found a way to produce the greenest and cheapest hydrogen, a finding that would help retool Alberta’s energy sector and push the province closer to a net-zero future. Erin Bobicki, a mineral processing researcher in the U of A’s Faculty of Engineering who…

Smart drone technology helping protect birds from industrial hazards

Researchers, industry partners using automated tools to keep birds safe

Birds will be more protected from landing at oilsands sites through a new research project involving University of Alberta computing scientists and Aerium Analytics, a drone technology company. Working with Imperial Oil Ltd., the researchers will fully automate tracking tools to better detect and deter birds from touching down and nesting on industrial areas like…

Infrastructure funding will drive innovation across the sciences

$27M from Alberta government goes to research in health, energy, environment, agriculture and astrophysics

Infrastructure funding will drive innovation across the sciencesAn investment of $27 million from the Alberta government will significantly boost research capacity and lead to innovations across the sciences at the University of Alberta. The provincial government announced recently that a four-year investment through its Research Capacity Program will be used to upgrade or create new facilities and infrastructure for 11 research projects.…

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologies

Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or wheelchairs with their minds

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologiesImagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Think2Switch is designed to be a simple and nearly universal bridge connecting brain signals to switch-enabled devices such as a wheelchair,…