Research Grants and Contracts

Research Grants

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, Discovery Grant

April 1, 2018, 5 years

Development of a virtual reality usability framework that correlates physiological and

qualitative assessment data

$115,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

MITACS Accelerate

October 2020, 2 years

Empowering a Collaborative Service Robot Prototype for Long-term Care Facilities

$90,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Partner: JDQ Systems and Developmental Disabilities Association

                       

Ontario Tech University.

January – April 2022

Upskilling simulation technologists and educators with digital design and three-dimensional (3D) printing skills to create low cost, customizable simulation solutions.

$25,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Collaborators: Bill Kapralos, Adam Dubrowski, Peter Coppin

Partners: maxSimHealth, Lakeridge Health, SIMCanada

 

Ontario Micro-credentials Challenge Fund.

January 2022 – July 2022.

Development of Micro-credential in Dementia Care to Support Capacity Building in Long-Term Care Using GEM-TECH (Gamified Educational Multimodal Technology Platform).

$300,000

PI: Winnie Sun

Collaborators: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Adam Dubrowski, Bill Kapralos.

Partners: Durham College, Georgian College, Long Term Care & Services for Seniors Division, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Baycrest Geriatric Education Centre, Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region, Entity4 French Language Health Services Planning, maxSIMhealth (Ontario Tech University)

 

Digital Delivery XR Experimentation Project Grant eCampus Ontario.

July 2021 – March 2022.

Augmented Reality Accessible Tool for Developing Spatial Skills.

$192,275.2

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Peter Coppin, Mahadeo Sukhai, Teresa Lee, Sharman Perera, Adam Dubrowski, David Rojas. Industry Partner: SenseTech Solutions

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Office, Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Grants and Contributions Program

November 2021 – October 2024     

A Study of Accessible and Inclusive Virtual and Blended Service Provision Models for the Federal Public Service and Federally Regulated Industries in post-COVID-19 Canada

$750,000

PI: Patrick Hung

Co-applicants: Mahadeo Sukhai, Peter Coppin, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo       

                 

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Office, Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Grants and Contributions Program

October 2020 – September 2023

Building an Evidence-Based Framework for Universal Design in Employment Standards in Canada

$501,515

PI: Mahadeo Sukhai, CNIB

Co-applicants:  Yvonne Felix, Matisse Hamel-Nelis, Natalie Martiniello, Jon Callagher, Peter Coppin, Rebecca Gewurtz, Teresa Lee, Sall Lindsay, Valerie Lopes, Mary Ann McColl, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, J Treviranus, Wittich Walter, M Mcdonald, E Tompa, Brian Carrière, Shikha Gupta, E Krohn, Erin Lee, Dan Samosh, Patrick Hung, Danika Blackstock

 

Current community safety project grant, Government of Ontario

September 2021 – August 2022.

Playing with hate: Safe gaming and anti-hate gaming.

$108,139

PI: Barbara Perry

Co-applicants: Ricky Veerapan, David O’Brien, Tom Scholberg. Collaborators: Andrew Hogue, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo.

Partner: John Howard Society of Ottawa

 

eCampus Ontario

April 2021 – March 2022.

Capturing Volumetric Video Content for Remote Learning in the Studio Arts.

$40,000

PI: Andrew Hogue

Co-applicants: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Cindy Poremba, Veronika Szkudlarek, Nick Fox-Gieg

 

eCampus Ontario

April 2021 – March 2022.

Development of an XR-Art Studio Application to Enhance Remote Learning of the Traditional Arts.

$90,000

PI: Andrew Hogue

Co-applicants: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Veronika Szkudlarek, Roland van Oostveen

 

eCampus Ontario

April 2021 – March 2022.

Build a remotely accessible non-immersive Virtual Reality (VR) model and simulations of the CANDU nuclear reactor for online teaching and training.

$16,000

PI: Sharman Perera

Co-applicants: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Callan Brown, Akira Tokuhiro, Paul Walsh, Cliff Chan, Calin Zamfirescu, Shawn Lowe, Benjamin Rouben

 

NSERC PROMOSCIENCE

January 2021 – January 2023

Accessible Coding Camps for Youth with Visual Impairment

$90,000

PI: Patrick Hung

Co-applicants: Mahadeo Sukhai, Peter Coppin, Robert Ingino, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Anna McNichol.

 

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

March 2021 – February 2022.

Virtual Reality Reminiscence Therapy Applications for Persons with Dementia.

$7,000

PI: Winnie Sun

Collaborators: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Manon Lemonde, Ramiro Liscano, Sheri Horsburgh. Partner: SSHRC

 

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (Spark ON)

April 2021 – March 2022

The Development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Training and Mobile App for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Their Caregivers to Promote Social Connectedness in the Community

$49,994

PI: Winnie Sun

Collaborators: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Bill Kapralos, Manon Lemonde, Ramiro Liscano, Emma Bartfay, Sheri Horsburgh

                       

University of Toronto                         

March 2020 – April 2023

Twin-Twin simulator

$20,000

PI: David Rojas Gualdron PhD

Collaborators: Rory Windrim. Collaborators: Bill Kapralos, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

                       

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

March 2020 - February 2021.

Development of a serious game as a complementary tool to improve agriculture exporters access to information.

$20,000

PI: William Vargas 

Co-applicant: Enit Gomez, Byron Perez, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Ontario Tech University and Ontario Shores

October 2019 – June 2021

Advancing reminiscence therapy through virtual reality application to promote social connectedness of persons with dementia.

$25,000

PI: Winnie Sun

Co-applicant: Manon Lemonde, Bill Kapralos, Ramiro Liscano, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Akira Tokuhiro

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

March 2019 - April 2020

Applied virtual reality for lower back pain physiotherapy as a tool to alter pain perception and its tracking through physiological measures and user interactions through non-invasive techniques Phase I

$28,000

PI: Lina Penuela

Co-applicants: Jorge Tolosa, Alexandra Velasco, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, Engage Grant

March 29 – September 30, 2019

VR framework as a non-literacy alternative to increase work readiness awareness for job seekers

$24.743

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Industry partner: ORIGIN

Innovation York and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program, Type: Industrial Research Assistance Program Collaborative/competitive adaptive VR training environments

$10,000

PI: Michael Jenkin

Co-applicants: Bill Kapralos, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Industry partner Ocutherapy

 

UOIT SSHRC Small Grants Program

June 2018 - March 2019

Usability testing of a gamified educational network

$2,000

PI: Bill Kapralos

Co-applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

March 2018 - February 2019

Design and development of a virtual reality simulator prototype for myocardial infarction treatment phase I

$35,000

PI: Byron Perez Gutierrez

Co-applicants: Norman Jaimes, Osmar Perez, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, Bill Kapralos, David Rojas

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

February 2017 – February 2018

Development of a monitoring posture exergame prototype based on occupational health exercises for maintenance workers phase I

$20,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Bill Kapralos, David Rojas, Lina Peñuela

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

February 2017 – February 2018

Development of a multimodal tool for cardiac auscultation training phase I

$20,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Bill Kapralos, David Rojas, Byron Pérez.

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

February 2015 – February 2017

Central venous access pediatric simulator phase I

$95,000

PI: Byron Pérez

Co-applicants: Alvaro Uribe, Norman Jaimes

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

February 2014 – April 2015

Neonatal Central Venous Access Simulator

$35,000

PI: Byron Pérez

Co-applicants: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

February 2014 – April 2015

Interactive tool for lower limb physical activity monitoring

$18,000

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Byron Pérez

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Innovation Grant

March 2014 – May 2015

Interactive defibrillator guide

$4,800

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Norman Jaimes, Byron Pérez

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Innovation Grant

March 2014 – May 2015

Virtual manikin for convulsive diagnosis based on facial symptoms

$4,800

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Norman Jaimes, Byron Pérez

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Scientific Research Grant

Design and Implementation of a motion capture system for3D animation based on an anthropomorphic humanoid robot

$13,000

PI: Alvaro Uribe Quevedo

Co-applicants: Hernando León, Byron Pérez

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Undergraduate Scientific Initiation Grant

July – December 2013

Serious game for upper limb exercising

$500

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Undergraduate Scientific Initiation Grant

July – December 2013

Manikin development for virtual avatar animation

$500

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Undergraduate Scientific Initiation Grant

February – July 2013

Development of an educational multimedia to use a carpenter’s square in graphical expression

$500

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Undergraduate Scientific Initiation Grant

February – July 2013

Development of a face expression detection tool using Kinect

$400

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Undergraduate Scientific Initiation Grant

July – December 2012

Postures and gestures detection to monitor physical activity

$500

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Contracts

Alithya.

April 2021 – March 2022.

A Literature Review of Immersive Technologies in the Nuclear Energy Sector.

$13,560

PI: Akira Tokuhiro.

Co-applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo.

 

Nuclear Innovation Institute

September 2020 – June 2021

Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Serious Game

$21,311

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Public Services Health and Safety Association Canada

April 2019

Virtual Reality Hands-On Evaluation PSHSA Working at Heights Training

$28.334

PI: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Industry partner: PSHSA

Infrastructure and Equipment Grant

UOIT Research and Infrastructure Funds RIF

 May 2018 – April 2019

Upgrading the Human Machine Laboratory

$40,217

Main applicant: Miguel Vargas Martin

Co-applicants: Patrick Hung, Amirali Salehi-Abari, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

UOIT Research and Infrastructure Funds RIF

May 2018 – April 2019

UOIT Computational Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence                                                                     \

$50,000

Main applicant: Amirali Salehi-Abari PhD

Co-applicants: alma Karray, Patrick Hung, Miguel Vargas Martin, Khalil El-Khatib, Shahram Heydari, Faisal Qureshi, Christopher Collins, Julie Thorpe, Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

Undergraduate Summer Research Awards Program

                       

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, Discovery Grant

April - August 2019

Prototyping of a virtual reality walking user interface

$6,500

Student: Marco Valdez Balderas

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC, Discovery Grant

April - August 2018

Development of an interactive dialogue system prototype for VR in medical applications,

based on motion and gesture user inputs

$6,000

Student: Jacky Yang

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

 

MITACS Globalink Program

 

July 2022 - October 2022

Robot assisted epilepsy virtual reality surgery,

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Student awarded: Kalyan Kumar Paramehwaran

 

June 2022 - September 2022

Robot assisted epilepsy virtual reality surgery,

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Student awarded: Akshay Sharma

 

May 2022 - August 2022

Prototyping a smart mirror for polypharmacy,

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Student awarded: Safa Ben Zouari

                       

May 2019 - August 2019

Extending user interactions in virtual, augmented and mixed reality,

Main applicant: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo

Student awarded: Juan Rodrigo Ponce

 

Canceled due to COVID-19

JSPS Internship Program

Virtual reality (VR) and its customization for improving task completion effectiveness

Student Awarded: Kody Wood

 

 

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Scholarship

       

September 2018 – January 2019.

Development of a lower limb interactive VR scene employing motion data from a smartwatch

Student awarded Alvaro Hernandez

 

September 2018 – January 2019.

Biomechanical human gait motion capture employing a smartwatch

Student awarded: Alix Angarita

 

October 2017 - February 2018

Development of an eye examination VR tool for training

Student Awarded: David Acosta.

 

January-April 2017

Development of a cardiac auscultation game

Student awarded: Sergio Prada