Sheridan applied research had strong presence at OCE Discovery 2016
From SIRT’s immersive virtual reality demo to CAMDT’s resident YuMi robot exhibit, Sheridan had a strong presence at OCE Discovery 2016, held May 9 and 10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Applied Research and Innovation supported research teams from across the institution in demonstrating the leadership for which Sheridan has become world-renowned through the following interactive project exhibits:
Centre for Elder Research
- Working with students from Sheridan’s Bachelor of Game Design program, the Centre for Elder Research has developed a tablet-based game that can encourage social interaction between older adults, and between people of any age. By combining hide-and-seek with engaging reminiscence prompts, ‘Secret Story’ can help players share stories from their lives while cooperating to solve a mystery.
- With industry partners iCare Home Health and Pharmaceutical Innovations, the Centre has supported the design and development of a mobile health app that can help individuals manage their health care and their medications more independently. The app provides support for individuals who may have difficulty reading or understanding labels on pill bottles (either due to visual or cognitive impairments) and also allows caregivers to provide remote
- Student researchers and faculty from Sheridan’s School of Applied Computing and a team from the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research collaborated with industry partner Chumbuggy.com to create and launch a social platform geared to middle and later-aged adults. The site is a safe and secure video chat community that allows users to have face-to-face conversations in real time and meet like-minded people around the world.
FAST Chemical Engineering Laboratory
Sheridan’s School of Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences is very involved in an area of research known as carbon sequestration through mineral carbonation, and one Sheridan researcher in particular is an emerging leader in the field. On display was an FTIR spectrophotometer, which showcased just a sliver of the research capabilities of Sheridan’s Chemical and Environmental Labs. The FTIR attenuated total reflectance unit allows for rapid analysis on a final carbonate product to determine the effectiveness of a carbonation process, therefore providing real-time feedback to the researcher. Also on display was an instrumented centrifugal pump apparatus. Mostly a learning tool, it has allowed for students to perform capstone-level research on impeller optimization. The student designs the impeller intuitively, 3D-printing the design, and puts it to the test in the apparatus in the hopes that they generate a superior pump performance curve. This apparatus was a small teaser of the chemical process engineering capabilities at Sheridan.
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)
- The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies demonstrated Canada’s first ABB YuMi – the world’s first truly collaborative robot that utilizes human intelligence. YuMiis the world’s first truly collaborative Small Parts Assembly robot, able to work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while ensuring the safety of those around it. YuMi represents a major gain in advanced manufacturing, showcasing how the robot’s abilities can combine with human intelligence and adaptability to create a more effective manufacturing process. YuMi includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location and state-of-the-art robot control. The acquisition of YuMi is part of Sheridan’s ongoing educational collaboration with ABB. Sheridan is thrilled to be the first facility in Canada to integrate YuMi into our teaching environment and make it available to our students and industry partners. YuMi will be integrated into Sheridan’s Engineering curriculum as a game-changing new tool to teach students, industry and community SME partners about Human-Robot Interaction. Working closely with ABB, students will interact with YuMi as part of their research and capstone projects with industry partners.
- A second CAMDT team had a crowd-pleasing aerial inspection drone demonstration that showcased an applied research project that investigated the viability of an airborne alternative to the current ground method of inspecting powerlines. The research team integrated infrared and visual sensory systems and drone components to create a reliable and easy to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT)
- The SIRT Centre’s Virtual and Augmented Reality Unit builds on the Centre’s experience of over six years working in the virtual production space for digital cinema and gaming. Its mandate is to support the development of immersive and interactive applications and solutions that maximize the potential for user engagement in the experience. SIRT’s 10,000-square-foot sound stage at Pinewood Toronto Studios is outfitted with a full range of VR and AR production and display devices, full body, and facial motion capture, green and blue screen, and additional technologies.
Demo description: SIRT continues to navigate the virtual reality landscape by exploring the technical and creative requirements necessary for immersive VR. By combining SIRT’s Optitrack motion capture system with the Oculus Rift and Unity game engine, a user is able to physically move around within a defined space and experience a virtual world complete with positional and full rotational (360 degree) tracking. SIRT’s Cavern VR tech demo aims to shine the light on what’s possible within a virtual production environment. The demo first places the user lost in a long-forgotten, dark virtual cavern. Armed with just a torch, a mysterious voice on the radio helps guide the user through the experience. Room scale motion tracking, spatially accurate audio, and various degrees of interactivity drive the experience.