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  • Using Amazon Chime and SIP Media Applications to improve emergency communications in rural areas
    Using Amazon Chime and SIP Media Applications to improve emergency communications in rural areas By Trevor Flanigan Working on STARS was a great learning experience for me. It was the first project that I built using AWS, and I had so much support from the members of the FLASH and Chime teams, as well as […]
  • The student perspective – Neelim Novo
    The student perspective – Neelim Novo I have been working as a student developer at the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre since January 2021. While I may have started off with no experience in Cloud Computing, I was soon able to work on a project leveraging over 13 different Amazon Web Services […]
  • The student perspective – Edward Chen
    The student perspective – Edward Chen I have been a developer intern at UBC CIC since January 2021. Before starting, I was feeling both excited and a little anxious about the challenges here because there were a lot of firsts. For instance, this was my first internship, my first time working remotely, my first time […]
  • UBC CIC Summer 2021 Newsletter
    Welcome to the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre’s (UBC CIC) quarterly newsletter. Over the past few months, the Centre has been collaborating with community sponsors on a variety of challenges, some of which you can read about below. Three of these projects came about because of the pandemic (People Density Meter, Open Virome and Vaccine Distribution), two provide additional tools to emergency operators and/or first responders, and one is focused on providing better tools to health care providers (Antimicrobial Dashboard).
  • Facilitating Post-Co-Op Follow-Through: The Cloud Innovation Centre Network for UBC CIC alumni students
    CIC-NET platform provides alumni with an intuitive interface to post updates and view information after the completion of their co-op at the UBC CIC. By creating this easily-accessible community that provides opportunity for continued engagement in CIC projects and activities such as new innovation projects, mentorship, and student training events, CIC-NET helps to continue fostering the relationship built between student alumni and the Cloud Innovation Centre.
  • Automating Large-Scale Data Extraction from Archival Documents: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Department of Economics
    The Department of Economics at UTM partnered with the UBC CIC to modernize the process of inputting tabular-data about trade information, scanned as PDF files from the Government of Canada’s historical repositories, to increase the quality and quantity of research, and to help with the creation of large Developmental Economics datasets. Enhanced and automated research processes free up valuable research funds that can be leveraged to increase research opportunities for students and to ease budgetary constraints. Canadian academics will leverage the results of this project to better understand Canadian trade patterns from 1900 to 1939.
  • Automated Zoom Transcriptions
    At the request of the UBC Provost’s office, the CIC team explored a solution that will assist students in synchronous online lectures by providing a transcription of the lecture in real time. Faculty and students also have the ability to download the time-stamped transcriptions upon completion of the lecture. The solution is deployed at rates of $1.44/hour for Amazon Transcribe.
  • Supporting Emergency Care Providers Through a Collaboration Platform
    BC Smart Access to Guide Emergency Care (SAGE BC) provides emergency workers with important logistical, medical, and geographical information when treating and transporting individuals in rural BC communities. The SAGE BC database is compiled by collecting information about the availability of equipment, supplies and personnel, as well as transportation options and weather conditions. This allows healthcare services in remote communities to be delivered in a more efficient and time-effective manner.
  • Improving MRI Waitlists Using Natural Language Processing
    The VCH MRI Scheduler is a machine learning solution built using AWS-managed Natural Language Processing that recommends an accurate triage prioritization value to assist the Lower Mainland MRI Central Intake Office in increasing the accuracy of MRI requisition distribution. Wait times for MRI exams in British Columbia can vary dramatically depending on the priority of the presenting health concern of the patient, from emergent scans completed within hours to patients with non-life-threatening conditions who may wait many months for their exam. This optimization will aim to decrease the current wait-list time and increase the number of patients who receive their exam within the province’s benchmarked wait times.
  • Discovering New Coronaviruses Using Open Science
    Serratus is an ultra-rapid discovery project to identify new species of coronavirus (CoV) by analyzing all public sequencing data, including all of the Sequence Read Archive (SRA). Phase 1 of the project covered thousands of animal species across all geographic regions. Phase 2 of the project analysed 20.3 million gigabytes of raw data to catalogue every known and unknown coronavirus
  • The student perspective: Working in the Cloud Innovation Centre – Nicole Pereyaslavsky
    The student perspective: Working in the Cloud Innovation Centre – Nicole Pereyaslavsky In January 2020, I was hired as one of the first co-op students at the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) in the role of Project Assistant. As you may expect, 2020 created unexpected challenges for us. We had officially […]
  • UBC CIC Winter 2021 Newsletter
    Welcome to the first issue of the CIC (“kick”) newsletter. We learned a lot this first year of operation, pivoting quickly to virtual engagements in response to the pandemic. We accepted twenty-six challenges and published seven technical prototypes. In this newsletter, you will read about some of the projects we have completed.
  • Open Source AI Model for COVID-19 CT Diagnostics and Prognosis
    Vancouver General Hospital radiologists began looking into the feasibility of developing an AI model in January 2020, focusing on analyzing CT scans of CoVID-19 infected patients. The goal became to empower radiologists and provide metrics and statistical information about the infection that can’t normally be assessed by the human eye alone.
  • Kendall Ho appointed Academic Director for UBC’s Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC)
    We are pleased to announce that Kendall Ho, MD, FRCPC has been appointed as Academic Director for UBC’s Community Health and Wellbeing CIC, a collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS).