Interdisciplinary Centres

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Website: http://cadipt.mie.utoronto.ca/

For more than a quarter century, we have been researching the unique depth-profilometric diagnostic capabilities of diffusion waves which include a very wide range of physical fields and phenomena (thermal, electronic, photonic, atmospheric, to name a few) thus offering exceptionally wide trans-disciplinary research opportunities. Reflecting this realization, the CADIPT has emerged as a unique research center in Canada (and in the World). To-date CADIPT activities offer students and other researchers cross-fertilization opportunities in a uniquely wide spectrum of research including the physics, mathematics, engineering, instrumental implementation and experimental applications of novel laser-based analytical inspection and monitoring techniques, high-precision measurement methodologies, environmental sensor device development, analytical, non-destructive and spectroscopic methodologies, signal processing and measurement science, and imaging techniques for industrial and health sector applications. This offers a tremendous learning experience for our group and defines the broad long-term research mission of the CADIPT. The CADIPT is thus very adaptable to new fast-evolving scientific and technological challenges which ultimately benefit Canadian competitiveness on the international scale. Outstanding opportunities in the biomedical and dental sectors have also emerged for the CADIPT. They include building the scientific foundations of biothermophotonics, biophotoacoustic imaging and research in novel biosensor technologies for sub-surface probing of hard (dental) and soft tissues. These thrusts largely define our short-term objectives. The seminal role and impact of the CADIPT in strengthening Canada’s and Ontario’s competitiveness measurably through advanced materials and process inspection techniques, and through biomedical diagnostic science and technologies, has been acknowledged by a new 1.7 M$ facility infrastructure CFI-ORF award to develop biosensor technologies and a mandate to develop breakthrough techniques and biosensor instrumentation for the earliest possible detection of diseases such as cancerous breast lesions, diabetes and dental demineralization caries which will benefit all Canadians. The $500,000 inaugural (2007) Ontario Premier’s Discovery Award in Science and Technology is also helping with equipment and human resources in several research themes and so is the recognition of CADIPT’s contributions to Canadian research through a Canada Research Chair in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies.

Website: http://www.mie.utoronto.ca/labs/cact/

The Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT) was established in 1998 as a collaborative effort by researchers from the departments of mechanical engineering and materials science, dedicated to both fundamental and applied research in the area of industrial coatings application. It is now in its ninth year of operation, with approximately 40 researchers, including professors from both departments, research staff members and graduate students. CACT conducts fundamental research, both analytical and experimental, in the area of thermal spray coating.

Website: http://che.utoronto.ca/

An initiative of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (CRHE) is a response to the immediate and compelling desire for efficiency and quality improvements in the Canadian health care system. The Centre will provide both theoretical and practical advice and support for many of today´s most pressing problems. CRHE research is focused on the application of Industrial/Systems Engineering techniques in relation to demand and capacity modelling and resource allocation issues in the health care industry. Our goals include creating quantitative decision support tools to help policy makers and industry leaders make better informed decisions.

Website: http://cmore.mie.utoronto.ca/

The Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering is directed by Professor Andrew K. S. Jardine, the internationally recognized maintenance optimization expert. C-MORE´s research is driven by close interactions with industry, in particular with MORE consortium members and with researchers at universities world-wide. The focus is on real-world research in engineering asset management in the areas of condition-based maintenance, spares management, protective devices, maintenance and repair contracts, and failure-finding intervals.

Website: http://www.torontomicrofluidics.ca/

Emerging microfluidic technologies can be used to create powerful “lab-on-a-chip” systems that promise to revolutionize the discovery and development of novel medical therapies. To meet the anticipated growth in this field, there is unprecedented demand for engineers and scientists who are conversant with all aspects of microfluidic technologies and able to understand biological systems such that they can be effectively evaluated with these technologies.

Website: http://irm.utoronto.ca/

The Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) is a collaboration among the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, the Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME). The institute brings together students interested in pursuing broad academic studies in robotics and mechatronics, as well as researchers actively engaged in the various research components of this area.

The role of IRM is to coordinate the large number of teaching and research activities across the faculty, with the aim to foster cross-disciplinary research and initiatives and to provide a diverse cross-departmental training for undergraduate and graduate students.

Website: http://energy.utoronto.ca/

The University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is an inclusive, multidisciplinary institute designed to bring together researchers, students, and teachers from across the university, together with partners from industry and government, with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of energy use and conversion.

By bringing together information about energy-related pursuits throughout the university in one central location and by organizing seminars and events with an energy-related theme, the institute facilitates the formation of connections between researchers, students, and teachers interested in energy issues. These connections can lead to the formation of multidisciplinary research or project teams to solve complex problems related to energy systems or to research advanced technologies that enable cleaner and more sustainable use, conversion, storage, and distribution of energy. An interdisciplinary approach to the solution of complex energy problems allows synergies between different energy sources and technologies to be identified and utilized to design more effective larger-scale energy systems that can improve on the separate performance of the individual components. The institute also serves as a source of information for students and faculty members regarding scholarships, research opportunities, course offerings, thesis projects, funding opportunities, seminars, and opportunities for collaboration, all with a specific energy-related focus.

Website: http://tiam.engineering.utoronto.ca/

TIAM’s mission is to expedite research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies by creating a multidisciplinary network focused on sharing knowledge, ideas and resources.

TIAM strives for global leadership by translating lab-based technologies into commercial, scaled-up processes and by contributing to the education and training of highly qualified personnel in the manufacturing sector.

Website: http://imdi.mie.utoronto.ca/

UT-IMDI will lead design projects and initiatives, including:

• creating a unique project-based learning environment in collaboration with industry;
• promoting awareness of design and development challenges facing industry, with emphasis on its multidisciplinary nature and evolving technology;
• providing students with practical, industry-based training opportunities;
• establishing linkages for students and faculty networking opportunities; and,
• enhancing the design experience already gained by students through their engineering design-related courses, including the capstone design course.