Wearable Technology for Design and Safety Evaluation of Rider Acceleration Exposure on Aerial Adventure Attractions


Authors: Shelly Sicat, Kathryn Woodcock, and Alex Ferworn Abstract: Aerial adventure attractions are intended to produce exhilarating sensations at significant elevation, speed, and acceleration, all while maintaining the safety of the participant. While zipline designers…

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Rodney Yip mentioned in Ryerson News


Rodney Yip was mentioned in an official Ryerson article for his tremendous support and outreach for Ryerson, the news article talks about his contribution for NCART at Ontario Science Centre and as pillar of support…

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Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Locating Wandering Patients with Dementia


Authors: Hanna, D., Ferworn, A., Lukaczyn, M. , Abhari, A., Lum, J.     Abstract: This paper presents findings from three experiments involving the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the purpose of locating a wandering person whose…

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Ontario Science Centre Extravaganza March Break 2018


Over the March break (Mar 10-18) Ryerson ran a multi-venue, multi-media event at the Ontario Science Centre.  Over the 9 days we delivered 56 soapbox presentations plus arena style demos. We also staffed the interactive…

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ASTM E54.09 Response Robots @ NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland- February 26 – March 02 2018


Dr. Ferworn and Christopher Chan attended a standards meeting with the ASTM International Standards Committee on Homeland Security Applications; Response Robots (E54.09) being held in Gaithersburg, MD, February 26 – March 02 2018.  This committee is elevated one level…

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NSERC CREATE ADERSIM Invited Seminar: Jamie Stirling – Ryerson University/Ubimodo Ltd.


Jamie Stirling gave a CREATE ADERSIM seminar at Ryerson University.   Date: February 6, 2018   Time: 2 – 4 PM   Location: Victoria Building, 285 Victoria Street – Room VIC 500   Ryerson University   Title:…

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NCART hosts UOIT and Taiwan Lab and Site Tour


On January 23rd 2018, NCART Lab hosted visiting students from Brazil and Taiwan and from UOIT along with Prof. Patrick Hung from UOIT and Prof. Shih-Chia Huang from Taiwan. Students and Professors, along with faculty…

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Environment Canada Building Site Tour – NSERC CREATE ADERSIM


  NCART PhD. Candidate, Christopher Chan, went on the following lab trip (with both CREATE trainees and Professor Jimmy Huang and Profess Xing Tan) to the Environment Canada building at 4905 Dufferin Street.   Date: January 12th,…

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TTC’s Emergency Simulation at the York University Station on Oct. 25


The Bagg Group / Bagg Inc. employed Dalia and Christopher to participate in a TTC Emergency Simulation at York University Station. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recently announced an opening date of Dec. 17 for…

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Ryerson Library Collaboratory Open House


The NCART lab was invited to the first open house event in the new Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) Collaboratory on Thursday November 30, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The Library Collaboratory is an exciting new space and initiative…

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Integrating Internet of Things and Blockchain: Use Cases


Authors: Javaid Iqbal Zahid, Fatima Hussain and Alexander Ferworn Abstract: Blockchain technologies can help in improving the security of IoT applications in healthcare, smart cities, agriculture, energy grids, water management, public safety, supply chain management,…

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Learning Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Through Real-World Problem Solving—The “BUSA Dig”


Authors: Rob Blain, Alex Ferworn, Jean Li, Jimmy Tran, Michael Carter Abstract: This article examines a cross-disciplinary approach to learning human-robot interaction (HRI) through real-world problem solving. The problem originated from the need of archaeologists…

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VICE Canada on Twitter Robots are helping Archaeologists Explore Dangerous Tombs in Egypt


Robot designed and built by Computer Science Doctoral Candidate Jimmy Tran successfully deployed by interdisciplinary Research team lead by Ryerson History Prof. Jean Li to El Hibeh, Egypt to explore tunnels dug by looters. Other…

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Maker Festival Extravaganza at Toronto Reference Library


Maker Festival is a celebration of Toronto’s tech, DIY and maker communities. The Festival spans an entire month of over 100 events run by maker spaces, creative organizations and studios across Toronto, including the Maker…

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A Rudimentary Approach to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Guided Improvised Explosive Device Shrapnel Dispersal Simulation


Authors: Christopher C.K. Chan, Alexander Ferworn and David Tran Abstract: This paper proposes a methodology to compute, model and simulate a Directionally Focused Charge (DFC) explosive, delivered and deployed on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV),…

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Response Robot Exercise in Hamilton in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology | NIST


On June 12-14th, NCART and the National Institute of Standards and Technology organized and participated in a Standards Committee Meeting and Response Robot Exercise in Hamilton which is the first of its kind in Canada. In…

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Enhancing Autonomous Access Hole Detection


Authors: Waismark, Ben, Alexander Ferworn, and Jimmy Tran Abstract: When buildings collapse, the resulting rubble may trap live victims underneath it, entombing them. Voids beneath the rubble may allow victims to stay alive. However, chances…

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Towards Determining Relative Densities for Common Unknown Explosives in Improvised Explosive Devices


Authors: Christopher C.K. Chan, Alexander Ferworn and Lee Chin Abstract: This paper proposes a methodology to obtain a model for estimating relative densities of unknown substances contained in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) using scanning technology…

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Innovation in Experimental Education – Dr. Ferworn’s Human Robot Interaction Final Exercise


CPS813 students were tasked to navigate robots through a simulated crime scene for their final exam on April 18, 2017, Tuesday afternoon while trying to disable mock improvised explosive devices, draw maps and describe the…

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Computational Science in Rescue with The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service & Field Innovation Team (FIT)


A special series article was published in the official Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) magazine which showcases Dr. Ferworn and NCART’s ongoing research in providing computational science to aid urban search and rescue. “Technology being…

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Serious Gaming for Improvised Explosive Device Neutralization Training


Authors: Christopher C.K. Chan, Alexander Ferworn and Const. Matthew Young Abstract: An improvised explosive device (IED) is a “homemade” bomb intended to cause great harm when it explodes. The public safety task of identifying and…

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Utah-Ontario Innovation Visit


On September 14th, 2016, Dr. Alexander Ferworn, Donna Dupont and NCART presented our collective work on disaster and urban search and rescue computational public safety technologies to a full delegation from Utah-Ontario which includes about 2 participants…

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Maker Extravaganza @ Toronto Reference Library


On July 9 + 10, NCART participated in The Maker Extravaganza @ the Toronto Reference library as part of the city’s effort to bring together the most creative people and show off what innovative projects they…

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Dr. Ferworn’s Innovative Exam – Ryerson Students Build Robot Prototype to Explore Egypt


  On April 26th, 2016, students in Dr. Alexander Ferworn’s robotics course took their final exam in the lobby of the Student Learning Center. Their final exam was not a written exam, but rather a showcase…

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CAREERMASH – 2015 ITAC Tech Career Showcase @ Mattamy Athletic Centre


ITAC Talent created the CareerMash initiative in 2007. CareerMash spreads the word about the endless possibilities of today’s tech careers. We want everyone to get excited about how cool technologies are bringing innovation to everything…

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NCART involvement with Chang School Talks 2015: Digital Learning Reimagined


The NCART Lab represented Ryerson’s innovative learning with a showcase and talk of USAR research to various organizations, educators and publishers across Canada. This professional development and networking event examines digital learning and addresses the…

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NATO Round Table Discussion


On Decemeber 4th, 2014, Dr. Alex Ferworn spoke at this NATO round table discussion about emergency preparedness. Dr. Ferworn spoke about his research in public safety alongside Dan Hefky, the Commissioner of Public Safety for…

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Aerospace Design Management PMD Launch Event


Dr. Alex Ferworn introduced Ryerson University’s new Professional Master’s Diploma in Aerospace Design Management – the first graduate-level university program of its kind which will be offered in September 2014. It is developed for engineering…

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OPS Emergency Management Forum Meeting


The EMF is a monthly meeting that involves Ministry Emergency Management Coordinators and Continuity of Operations Coordinators from across the Ontario Public Service. Dr. Alex Ferworn was invited to this meeting to present his research…

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Dr. Alex Ferworn Receives the 2014 Partners in Research Technology Ambassador Award


Partners in Reseach Technology Ambassador Award On May 23, 2014 Dr. Alex Ferworn was presented with the Technology Ambassador Award for the 2014 Partners In Research Nation Awards. Partners in Research (PIR) is a registered…

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Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) Presentation


Emergency Preparedness Week Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) presentation involves USAR and CBRNe related research topics in Computational Public Safety being pursued by researchers in the N-CART lab. Speaker: Dr. Alex Ferworn, Assisting: Doctoral Candidate Jimmy…

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CHCH Interview with Dr. Alex Ferworn Regarding Toronto Ice Storm and Emergency Preparedness


With the recent ice storm and the polar vortex that took over much of Canada and the U.S., extreme weather has been affecting a lot of city services, travel and road conditions. Alex Ferworn, coordinator…

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Dr. Alex Ferworn Gives Talk at Ryerson University’s TEDxRU Event


In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Dr. Alex Ferworn speaks to 570 News about whether a more robust disaster management plan could help to reduce casualties in the future. The link to the news article…

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570 News Radio Interview with Dr. Alex Ferworn in Response to Typhoon Haiyan


In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Dr. Alex Ferworn speaks to 570 News about whether a more robust disaster management plan could help to reduce casualties in the future. The link to the news article…

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Access Hole Detection System Research in the Media


Our work on automatically detecting access holes in collapsed structures has been featured in the media recently. Follow the link and read about this potentially life saving research. Gizmodo: These Robots Will Save Your Life…

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N-CART visit to Ontario Provincial Police UCRT


On the April 2, various Computer Science undergraduate and graduate students along with several Electrical Engineering (EE) graduate students accompanied Professor Alex Ferworn to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and…

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CBC Interview with Dr. Alexander Ferworn on Elliot Lake Rescue Mission


Dr. Alexander Ferworn was interviewed by CBC regarding his expert opinions on the urban search and rescue effort at Elliot Lake. Full video of the interview can be found here.

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Ohio Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Participates with N-CART in Canine Assisted Robotic Research


On Friday, March 30th Ohio Task Force 1 hosted the N-CART Lab to test the robotic “Canine Assisted Robot Deployment (CARD)” system. In this experiment, CARD carried a tethered robotic snake, developed at Carnegie Mellon…

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N-CART lab participates in Urban Search and Rescue exercise with UCRT


On the 4th of March 2012, members of the N-CART lab of the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University were asked to participate in an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) exercise conducted by the…

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Stories about robotics snake and search and rescue dogs in the media


The work on combining robotics snake and rescue dog for search and rescue continues to receive attention from media. This project have been featured in the following. MSNBC: This snake robot can ride a dog…

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IEEE Spectrum: Search and Rescue Dog Deploys Robot Snake via Bark Control


The collaborative work between Ryerson University’s N-CART Lab and Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics Lab on deploying robotics snake using search and rescue dog was featured on IEEE Spectrum website. The link to the article can…

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Maclean’s Article on Microsoft Kinect


The November 14, 2011 issue of Maclean’s Magazine discusses the Microsoft Kinect gaming device and the revolutionary role it plays in research labs such as Ryerson’s N-CART and other universities all over the world. The…

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CAT and Sumo Robots in The Toronto Star


As part of Toronto Star’s coverage of Science Rendezvous , two of our projects, Canine Augmentation Technology (CAT) and sumo robots, were prominently featured under the subtitles DARE THE DOG and WRESTLING ROBOTS respectively. Text…

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CAT and CRDS on CTV National News


After the Canada AM segment, CTV was interested in doing a more in depth story on our project Canine Augmentation Technology (CAT).

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CAT III and CRDS on Canada AM


Version 3 of the Canine Augmentation Technology (CAT) and Canine Remote Deployment System (CRDS) demoed on Canada AM, a national news national morning show.

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CAT II showcased on Daily Planet of The Discovery Channel


Version II of Canine Augmentation Technology (CAT) system developed by NCART.

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CAT I on Discovery Channel


The first iteration of CAT with wireless infrared camera mounted on doggles (goggles for dogs).

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SARSCENE: The Canadian Search and Rescue Magazine


“Canine Augmentation Technology (CAT) project, lead by Alex Ferworn, professor in charge of the Network-Centric Applied Research Team (N-CART), involves mounting a small camera to the head of a canine trained in search and rescue.”…

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Pulse 24 News Segment


Dr. Ferworn gave an interview describing NEPWAK with David Onley. View Video Segment

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N-CART in Japan


Research mission sponsored by the Department of External Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in January 2000. [Link contains resources used during mission]

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Discovery Health News Segment


Dr.Ferworn and Ankit Arora demonstrate NEPWAK techology. View Video Segment

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CBC “The National” News Segment


Discussing impetus for the elderly to get “on line”. Broadcast December 4, 2000 View Video Segment

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CBC “Canadian Now” News Segment


Describing continued growth of the Internet. Broadcast December 4, 2000. View Video Segment

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