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Applied Research Projects


ARI projects involve research activities across a wide range of sectors including Aviation, Animation, Applied Health and Life Sciences, and Information and Communications Technology.

Many of these projects are funded by federal and provincial agencies including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) as well as contributions from industry and community partners.

Quick Facts (FY15-16)

90 - Total Number of ARI Activities (Applied Research Projects, Activities, Seminars)

40 - Funded Applied Research Projects

61 - Industry/Community Partners engaged in projects

34 - Faculty engaged in projects

87 - Students engaged in projects

$1,604,702 - Research funding obtained from federal, provincial, and other grant agencies

Success Stories

Open source goes beyond coding for Seneca students

Forget competition. In the world of open source, it's about collaboration and free, as in freedom. Just ask Henrique Salvadori Coelho and Matthew Welke, Computer Programming and Analysis students at Seneca College...more

Changing Consumer Behavior to Fashion Consumption and Disposal through Education

Professor Sabine Weber and her student research team from the School of Fashion, Fashion Business program, are working with Textile Waste Diversion Inc. to investigate the influence of a social marketing campaign on attitudes and behaviors with respect to textile waste diversion. Past studies have considered the impact of fashion on consumer textile disposal behavior, but have focused mainly on drivers of clothing waste. In this project, the research team will model consumer attitudes and behaviors regarding fashion interest, shopping frequency, and disposal methods. This will support social and environmental responsibility by increasing awareness of the impacts of and alternatives to textile disposal in landfills. Funder: Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF).

An Exploration of the Effects of Community Arts on Street-involved Adults

Professor Shannon Blake and her research team from the School of English Liberal Studies, including Dr. Belinda Huang and Dr. Anna Ainsworth, and student research assistants, are working with Sanctuary Toronto to observe arts activities designed for street-involved adults. The researchers will investigate the motivation to participate, expected gains, and whether these gains were achieved. At completion, Sanctuary Toronto will have a more precise understanding of the reported effect of their arts program on street-involved adults, enabling them to make informed decisions as they shape programming direction. Funder: Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF).

Measuring the Impact of Financial Cybercrime on Canadians

Professor Samky Mak and his student research team from the School of Accounting & Financial Services (SAS) are working in collaboration with the Knowledge Flow Cyber Safety Foundation to study the financial impact of malware and cybercrime attacks on Canadian financial institutions and the corresponding impact on the Canadian public. This research will be used to create corporate communications strategies and for dissemination to the media. Funder: Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF).

Mitochondrial Intervention and Metabolomic Analysis of Human Sweat

Professor Frank Merante from the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, in collaboration with Mitronite Inc., is developing a new method for measuring metabolic by-products excreted through human sweat glands. This method will be used to analyze the effects of a natural health product supplement, developed by Mitronite, on human metabolic efficiency. This first of its kind research will establish a new approach for monitoring performance improvements in athletes utilizing natural products. Funder: Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF).

Experiences of the LGBTTGNCQ Homeless Youth in York Region

Professor Jo Gomes and her co-researchers Bryan Noble, Nancy Sylvain, Phillip Jang, Maureen Bornbaum, and Alexander Minnelli from the School of Community Services in the Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences, in collaboration with 360 Degree Kids, are conducting a comprehensive needs assessment and feasibility study for the establishment of York Region's first emergency housing services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning (LGBTTGNCQ) youth. The long-term plan is to initiate a symposium supporting LGBTTGNCQ youth in the community. Funder: Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF).

Applied Research Fund Recipients Honoured

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Applied Research Fund (ARF) recipients! This years recipients (from left to right) included...more

App takes pilot training to new heights

Students from the School of Information and Communications Technology and School of Aviation worked closely with NAV CANADA to produce a proof-of-concept VFR Phraseology Training Tool...more

Coding tool turns web users into creators

Within the School of Information and Communications Technology is Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT). One of their most recent projects is with Mozilla on the web content creation tool Thimble...more

Dogs prove great reading buddies

Students from the School of Early Childhood Development partnered with the Hospital for Sick Children to research the use of therapy dogs for a specialized reading program...more

Lasers pave the way in fashion innovation

Seneca's School of Fashion collaborated with Trotec Laser Canada Inc. to explore applications for laser etching in fashion apparel and accessories production...more