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Covid 19 Related Research at Ontario Tech University

At Ontario Tech University, a research-intensive, technology-based institution, our strategic priorities include Tech with a Conscience and Partnerships.  Both of these priorities are grounded in advancing, not only the discovery of knowledge but the application of knowledge to make society and the planet a better place and to improve the lives and health of individuals, by working together and with partners, on real world problems.

Covid 19 presented a world-wide problem and researchers, from all seven Faculties, have responded swiftly and vigorously.  The table below shows projects that have been submitted for approval and represent Ontario Tech's belief that such collaboration of inter-disciplinary ideas and outstanding minds are powerful tools in finding solutions to the various challenges that the virus has brought.

Our Experts Database can also connect you to exciting research currently being done in other important areas and to the impressive researchers doing this work. 

Researcher
Researcher Faculty
Project Title

Alvarro Quevedo

Alvarro.quevedo@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Business and Information Technology Cross-Platform Virtual Rooms for Providing Immersive Remote Tech Support to COVID-19 Respondents

Bin Chang

bin.chang@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Business and Information Technology Panic Buying during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Carolyn McGregor

carolyn.mcgregor@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Business and Information Technology A new form of home-based remote monitoring of patients exhibiting various degrees of COVID-19 symptomology

Carolyn McGregor

carolyn.mcgregor@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Business and Information Technology Pandemic Home Monitoring with Artemis

Nader Azad

nader.azad@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Business and Information Technology MCU Research Proposal: Investigating the collaboration between the government and firms to reduce the demand and supply variations caused by COVID-19

Rajen Akalu

rajen.akalu@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Business and Information Technology Privacy issues and the remote workforce: Remote Privacy Advising Service  

Janette Hughes

janette.hughes@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Education Supporting teachers, parents and students with online learning resources during COVID-
19 uncertainty

Janette Hughes

janette.hughes@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Education Teacher professional development on online learning/teaching

Jennifer Laffier

jennifer.laffier@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Education Healthy Social Media use during COVID-19: Community resources and webinars 

Jennifer Laffier

jennifer.laffier@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Education Children's artistic expressions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jennifer Laffier

jennifer.laffier@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Education Social Media use during times of crisis: Facebook and the COVID-19 Crisis

Eleodor Nichita

Eleodor.nichita@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Modelling of COVID-19 Transmission in the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario

Glenn Harvel

glenn.harvel@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Development of optimal UV-C based sterilizer for face masks

Glenn Harvel

glenn.harvel@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science UV sterilization PPE

Kirk Atkinson

kirk.atkinson@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Reducing coronavirus transmission in high-people-density environments using safe, far-UVC illumination

Kirk Atkinson

kirk.atkinson@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science UVC Sterilization of PPE

Ahmad Barari

ahmad.barari@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Developing a Family of Low Cost Rapidly Manufacturable Ventilators (RMVs): Closed-Loops of Product Development, Clinical Assessments, and Implementation, in Cyclic Generations 

Ahmad Barari

ahmad.barari@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science OnVerify- Ontario Virtual Factory Quality Assurance System for Rapid Production of COVID-19 Medical and Personal Protective Equipment

Ahmad Barari

ahmad.barari@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 3D printed ventilator

Ahmad Barari

ahmad.barari@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science OPPE: Evolutionary Design Optimization of Personal Protective Equipment Considering Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of COVID-19 Transmission

Akramul Azim

Akramul.azim@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Design and Development of Autonomous Disinfecting Embedded Systems for COVID-19

Brendan MacDonald

Brendan.MacDonald@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Development of semi-quantitative point-of-care test for COVID-19 antibodies

Carlos Rossa

carlos.rossa@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Sonographic diagnosis and monitoring of COVID-19

Ghaus Rizvi

ghaus.rizvi@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Development of Materials and Face Masks Suitable for COVID-19 and Beyond

Haoxiang Lang

Haoxiang.lang@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Ventilator Splitter - project is to develop and fabricate a smart splitter with flexible coupling for the current ventilators in hospitals that can control and optimize the air flow to support multiple patients

Haoxiang Lang

Haoxiang.lang@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science A Smart Vision-Guided UV Disinfection Device for Robotic Systems to Fight COVID-19

Khalid Elgazzar, Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Internet of Things (IoT)

khalid.elgazzar@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science COVID-19 Smart Monitoring and Tracking Platform

Khalid Elgazzar, Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Internet of Things (IoT)

khalid.elgazzar@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Continuous Remote Respiratory Monitoring for Contactless Care to COVID-19 Patients

Sheldon Williamson, Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification

sheldon.williamson@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Limitless Range Electrified Drones for Emergency Services

Sheldon Williamson, Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification

sheldon.williamson@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Smart electrification of endless-range drones for Covid-19 emergency response activities

Adam Dubrowski, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 - Healthcare Simulation

Adam.Dubrowski@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Harnessing the power of home-based 3D printing to close the demand-supply gap during COVID-19

Adam Dubrowski, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 - Healthcare Simulation

Adam.Dubrowski@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Shortening the learning curve for acquisition of technical skills related to CICO situations: Integration of simulation and gamified educational networking (SimGEN)

Adam Dubrowski, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 - Healthcare Simulation

Adam.Dubrowski@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Ventilator connector component for lakeridge

Adam Dubrowski, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 - Healthcare Simulation

Adam.Dubrowski@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Face shields -assist in the design and short term manufacturing of masks and shields.

Adam Dubrowski, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 - Healthcare Simulation

Adam.Dubrowski@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences "Code Life Ventilator Challenge" Designing innovative 3D printed ventilation

Caroline Barakat-Haddad

Caroline.Barakat@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Cannabis Consumption Profiles of Emerging Adults in Canada

Carolina Cancelliere

Carolina.cancelliere@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Developing and evaluating tele-simulation approaches to train rehabilitation professionals to provide musculoskeletal rehabilitation virtually during and after COVID-19

Efrosini Papaconstantinou

Efrosini.papaconstantinou@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences A systematic review on the effectiveness of virtual sleep intervention delivery to improve sleep and mental health outcomes in the post-secondary student population

Emma Bartfay

emma.bartfay@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences The cultural dimensions of COVID-19: What happens when a disease is racialized and what can be done about it?

Emma Bartfay

emma.bartfay@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Mental Health and Addition challenges related to dementia and COVID

Emma Bartfay

emma.bartfay@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Home testing kit COVID 19

Emma Bartfay

emma.bartfay@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Health Sciences Impact Evaluation of country capacity on prevention, detection and response to the pandemic of COVID-19 in Vietnam and Indonesia

Ginny Brunton

Ginny.brunton@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Accelerating the availability of research evidence in COVID-19-related reproductive health for Canadian and international professional, personal and policy decisions: living systematic review mapping and knowledge mobilization

Jennifer Abbass-Dick

jennifer.abbassdick@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Providing virtual breastfeeding support in Ontario for childbearing families during COVID-19

Mika Nonoyama

Mika.nonoyama@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Developing a Family of Low Cost Rapidly Manufacturable Ventilators (RMVs): Considering Available Recourses for Agile Response (ARforAR)

Shilpa Dogra

shilpa.dogra@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences The SociaRize Research Project: Providing vital mobility and social engagement services to isolated seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Syed Quadri

syedM.quadri@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Gauging Red Blood Cell Dysfunction in COVID-19 Patients – A Promising Clinical Laboratory Tool in the Assessment of Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome, Disease Severity, and Prognosis

Winnie Sun

winnie.sun@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Using Handwashing Exergame to Educate Older Adults about Proper Hand Hygiene to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes

Winnie Sun

winnie.sun@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Health Sciences Implementing Handwashing Exergame to Educate Older Adults about Proper Hand Hygiene to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes

Andrea Kirkwood

Andrea.Kirkwood@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Science The COVID-19 Epidemic and Viral Infections: Early Public Health Detection for Improved Mitigation Through Wastewater Monitoring

Brad Easton

brad.easton@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Science Copper coating on high touch surfaces (door handles) to reduce bacterial/viral transmission

Chris Collins, Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Linguistic Information Visualization

christopher.collins@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Science “Back to Normal” - A Safe Public Re-integration App

Faisal Qureshi

Faisal.Qureshi@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Science Novel detection/screening methods for COVID-19 using infrared cameras

Jean-Paul Desaulniers

Jean-Paul.Desaulniers@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Science Development of an siRNA Nasal Spray that Silences COVID-19 Genes.

Jean-Paul Desaulniers

Jean-Paul.Desaulniers@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Science Biomarkers of susceptibility for COVID-19 in wastewater for the purpose of epidemic forecasting

Joseph Eastwood

joseph.eastwood@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Creating Online Interview Training Modules for COVID-19 Patient Interviews

Lindsay Malloy

lindsay.malloy@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Parent-Child Conversations, Family Functioning, and Children’s Well-Being in Response to the Pandemic

Lindsay Malloy

lindsay.malloy@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities MCU Research Proposal: Using the Science of Memory and Investigative Interviewing to Improve Contact Tracing: Testing the Effectiveness of Online Training Modules

Matthew Shane

matthew.shane@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Optimizing Social Isolation/Distancing Messaging for Individuals with Heightened Antisocial Characteristics

Matthew Shane

matthew.shane@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Use of four weeks of GPS location tracking, combined with detailed surveying of participants’ psychological, employment/heath/lifestyle and socioeconomic characteristics, to model differential compliance with social distancing measures

Matthew Shane

matthew.shane@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities GPS location tracking, combined with detailed assessment of psychological, employment/heath/lifestyle and socioeconomic indicators, to model adherence to distancing mandates in vulnerable populations

Olga Marques

olga.marques@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Encouraging COVID-19 Pandemic Response Compliance Through Targeted Educational Campaigns Rather Than Law Enforcement

Thomas McMorrow

thomas.mcmorrow@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities MCU Research Proposal: How is COVID-19 Affecting Experience with Medical Assistance in Dying?

Vivian Stamatopoulos

Vivian.stamatopoulos@ontariotechu.ca 

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Young People providing care during the Covid-19 Pandemic

ACE

justin.gammage@ontariotechu.ca

ACE Face shields -assist in the design and short term manufacturing of masks and shields.