Research Tracks

Intelligent Systems

Session Facilitator: Dr. Joshua Marshall, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Brian Surgenor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The rapid progress of intelligent systems and robotic machines is disrupting the way we live and work. Robots manufacture cars, work in outer space, move pallets in factories, and facilitate new surgical techniques. Children interact with connected devices at school, learn to code, and compete on technology design teams that culminate in exciting international competitions. Vision systems augment medical clinicians in the identification of skin cancers, and intelligent prosthetic devices enhance the lives of those with disabilities. We build smart buildings, cities, and homes, eat foods grown and cultivated by autonomous agriculture, and the things we use every day are manufactured by intelligent machines using raw materials increasingly mined by robots. Here at Queen’s we are leading and contributing to these efforts through multidisciplinary, collaborative research. This session will highlight recent work at the new Ingenuity Labs Research Institute, which focuses on enhancing human productivity, safety, performance, and quality of life through the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber-human systems, robot control, smart sensors, and mechatronic devices.

Biomedical Engineering

Session Facilitator: Dr. Brian Amsden, Department of Chemical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to develop solutions for society’s healthcare challenges. Biomedical engineering at Queen’s University has a long and successful history of providing innovative healthcare solutions to the Canadian population. This track will outline the previous accomplishments of Queen’s biomedical engineers, and then focus on the future grand challenge facing this research area, with talks provided by current Queen’s researchers in Chemical, Mechanical and Materials, and Electrical Engineering outlining how their programs address this grand challenge.

Natural & Built Environment

Session Facilitator: Dr. Yves Filion, and Dr. Andy Take, Department of Civil Engineering

The engineered systems in the natural and built environments serve a crucial function in maintain high living standards in modern societies. The emerging impacts of climate change are jeopardizing those crucial functions. Indeed, climate change is affecting these critical systems from changing the morphology of rivers and lakes, to the triggering of landslides, to the melting of permafrost which is accelerating the deterioration of subsurface infrastructure. Climate change will also have a large impact on the built habitat and the loads imposed on buildings and bridges and other structures. In this session, a number of internationally-recognized researchers at Queen’s will give short presentations on their research work that includes topics in structural health monitoring, advanced materials in bridge and building modelling and design, subsurface hydrogeology, fluid turbulence, engineering lake limnology, river morphology, sustainable water distribution systems, geotechnical engineering, geohazards, geology, geochemistry, and others. Researchers will discuss how they are addressing climate change impacts in their field of research. The session will be concluded with a networking opportunity for attendees to discuss future directions in research at Queen’s to address climate change.

Energy Systems

Session Facilitator: Dr. Mark Daymond, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The increasing impact of our changing climate is becoming more and more evident.  A critical aspect of limiting our impact on the environment is how we, as a society, handle energy.  This necessitates engineering solutions as to how we can deliver electricity with low CO2 production.  The use of fluctuating renewable sources such as solar and wind will be truly enabled by effective energy storage approaches.  Finally, we need to be more efficient in our use of energy – reducing both demand and loss.  These topics will be discussed through the lens of research being carried out at Queen’s FEAS.

Advanced Materials, Manufacturing & Processing

Session Facilitator: Dr. Il Yong Kim, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing theme represents Design for Manufacturing, Mechatronics, engineering systems, sensing and health monitoring, microstructural phenomena in metals, alloys, and polymer composites, macromolecular processing and engineering, manufacture of devices for energy generation, electrokinetics and microfluidics, nanotechnology, functional, sustainable and structural materials.