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System integration is the process of joining various subsystems used in a variety of industrial processes into a larger, more efficient and cohesive system. Students working on applied research projects in this area combine existing components into an integrated system and ensure that each subsystem functions in sync, supporting innovation. Considerable work has been directed towards supporting Ontario’s manufacturing sector. These system integration projects often feature the skills demonstrated by students from Humber programs such as Electromechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics, and Industrial Design.

 

Humber Applied Research & Innovation has supported successful collaborations on system integration projects like automated car seat testing, combining engineered components to redesign and create new pieces for complex fountain installations, and having Humber alumni compete in World Skills competitions for Mechatronics. By collaborating with Humber on these projects, partners have access to facilities such as the robotics/automation lab; an instrumentation lab, process control, and PLC lab; and the manufacturing lab and machine shop.

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Odin Cappello
Odin Cappello

Professor, School of Applied Technology

Georges Livanos
Georges Livanos

Professor, School of Applied Technology

Kristian Medri
Kristian Medri

Professor, School of Applied Technology

Peter Wheeler
Peter Wheeler

Professor, School of Applied Technology

Harshvadan Panchal
Harshvadan Panchal

Faculty, School of Applied Technology

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Odin Cappello

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Odin Cappello has worked on a series of Industrial Design applied research projects with ARI that contribute to system integration. He has collaborated with Crystal Fountains on multiple occasions, bringing their Senior Art Director into the classroom, so his Industrial Design students have the opportunity to learn from someone in the industry, and create innovative products for an industry partner.

Cappello has also worked on a multidisciplinary applied research project with Ooyavah Inc., as well as students from the School of Applied Technology, and School of Media Studies & Information Technology, creating an iPad case that allows for glasses-free viewing of 3D content. He has also worked with BreqLabs Inc. to help build a prototype of the company’s wearable smart glove that would convert hand gestures into computer actions.

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Georges Livanos

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Georges Livanos holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.Eng.) in Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University and a Master of Engineering Science degree (M.E.Sc.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to becoming an engineer, Georges was a technologist with a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from Humber College (1984), after completing the very program he now coordinates. Georges has recently been the recipient of a grant from National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for research in the area of HVAC controls. In September 2015 Georges received the Humber Research Excellence Award. Since 2010, Georges is often called to contribute his expertise to increasingly complex collaborative and interdisciplinary design projects leading to commercial products. He is co-inventor, with two others, on one patent.

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Kristian Medri, PhD

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Dr. Medri is currently involved with both Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology projects as the Prototype Lab Lead, and has worked at the Toronto Western Hospital in Medical Engineering, MDRobotics on the Canadarm in Systems Engineering, Baltimere in Pilot Plant Commissioning, and briefly at Electrovaya on Battery Management Systems. He champions industry-partnered capstone projects in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology programs including with Crystal Fountains and SunPillar (NSERC funded). Dr. Medri has over a decade of research experience including on the embedded control of power converters, with Beowulf clusters for modelling integrated optical sensors and has been faculty at Humber since 2014.

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Peter Wheeler

Professor, School of Applied Technology

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Peter Wheeler has collaborated with various partners on a number of applied research projects exploring electronics and urban farming, with emphasis on the internet of things. With a background in farming and electronics, Peter adresses agricultural issues with technology. His research ranges from sensor based data gathering, application display, data networking and communication, device packaging and disease prediction in plants and honeybees. Peter was selected by OMAFRA for the 2017 Minister's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for his Hive Health system.

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Harshvadan Panchal

Faculty, School of Applied Technology

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Harshvadan Panchal has 17 years' experience in teaching and research and holds a Ph.D. in Physics. He has expertise in electronics, sensors, physics, industrial automation and microcomputer-based automation. More specifically, Harshvadan's research of area interest is sensors and applications, and industrial automation.

Harshvadan teaches various courses including industrial automation, microcomputer-based automation, digital electronics, electronics devices, visual basic and C programming.

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