Atefeh Hajijamali Arani, M. Mahdi Azari, William Melek, and Safieddin Safavi-Naeini
Abstract—Deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as aerial base stations to support cellular networks can deliver a fast and flexible solution for serving high and varying traffic demand. In order to adequately leverage the benefit of UAVs deployment, their efficient placement is of utmost importance, and requires to intelligently adapt to the environment changes. In this paper, we propose novel learning-based mechanisms...
In this talk I will provide a window into this situation by looking at forest wildfire management as a case study of a rich domain where some work has been done but huge opportunities remain. Existing forest wildfire spread models are complex manual constructions that are struggling to adapt to changing climate as well as changing attitudes towards forests.
Congrats to Jess who succesfully defended her MSc today! Jess was the first virtual defence of our lab group, due to the COVID - 19 virus. Despite the difference in delivery, it was a successful day. Jess's thesis focused on the spatial variability of evapotranspiration on a subalpine ridge in Kananaskis, Alberta. Her project looked at two distinct transitional tree patches, krummholz and tree islands, and analyzes how these growth forms will influence water storage and loss. She will also determined feedbacks between evapotranspiration and dominant controls (snow pack, net radiation,... Read more about Jess Williamson, Successful MSc Defence!
Yesterday Hydromet team member Tyler Prentice successfully defended his MSc thesis! Congrats Tyler, great work! Tyler's thesis focused on the reclamation of boreal forests following oil sands operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Specifically, his research aimed to determine how interactions between vegetation and soil are influenced by the cover soil used at the start of the reclamation process. His fieldwork involved monitoring soil moisture and nutrient regimes throughout the growing season at several reclaimed sites within the Athabasca Oil Sands Region spending summer field season... Read more about Congrats to new MSc, Tyler Prentice!!