Courses

DEEP Summer Academy offers a wide variety of courses to students. This list will continue to be updated as more courses are confirmed.

Brilliant Manufacturing Processes

Hot Topics and Heated Discussions (S-BMP-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

Have you ever wondered how a locomotive works and how it guided the Steam Era during the first industrial revolution? With the advent of electricity into thousands of households, are you curious about how we power the world by burning fossil fuels? Summers are scorching and winters are desperately cold; how do we implement plans for sunstroke and hypothermia prevention? During this course, you will explore the wonderland of thermodynamics and heat transfer, and see the marvellous industrial and household applications that exploit thermal and heat transfer laws. You will create your own project and iterate to create an ideal design by the end of this course.

Statistics and Asset Management (S-BMP-1B)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Senior

Have you ever wondered how industries continuously produce high-quality goods in large quantities? This course focuses on asset management techniques that industries use to operate continuously and maintain their level of operation. It will also provide you with an insight into the statistics used in managing assets. This course will equip you with tools and techniques to take valuable insights from data and utilize techniques to manage assets reliably.

Superconductors and Electromagnetic Theory (S-BMP-1A)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Senior

This course will build an intuition for electromagnetic theory and superconductors. By the end of the course, you will understand the applications of electromagnetic waves. This course will begin with diving into the basics of circuitry elements. Towards the end of the course, you have the chance to apply your knowledge and build a speaker from scratch. You will also get the chance to conduct experiments with superconductors to understand their uses.

How It's Made? (J-BMP-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Junior

Have you ever thought about how cars and planes operate? Or how to make the oven that makes your pizza? From the shoes on your feet to the car you drive, nearly everything you use in your daily life is man-made, or ‘manufactured’. Fundamentally, Manufacturing Engineering brings an idea from concept generation through design processes to create a working product. If you ever watched and loved the shows, How It’s Made, Factory Made, or Food Factory, this is the course for you! This course will cover the fundamentals of manufacturing and its correlation within the engineering industry.

Organic and Inorganic Materials Processing (J-BMP-3A)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Junior

Plastic bags are light and flimsy, but a plastic water bottle is rigid. They are both made of plastic. What makes them different? In this course, you will find the answer and discover the importance and real-life applications to chemistry. By examining the process of synthesizing organic and inorganic compounds, you will get a head start in your chemistry and chemical engineering career. Over the week, you will learn about the life cycle of polymers, from raw material extraction to end-of-life recycling and disposal.

Creating Sustainable Solutions

Powering the Sustainable Transition (J-CSS-4A)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Junior

Energy is fundamental to human development. However, energy conversion and use cause important social and environmental issues: global warming, air pollution, biodiversity losses. In this course, we will explore the current challenges of modern energy systems (transportation, electricity production, heating production) and some solutions to achieve sustainable development. You will learn and apply the fundamental physics of energy conversion technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and you will ponder the engineering challenges of developing these technologies. We will explore the roles engineers play to make the world a better place.

Water you think about the environment? (J-CSS-4B)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Junior

In the urban areas of Canada, tap water is safe to drink directly. However, in some indigeneous communities and rural areas in Canada, and all over the world, drinking water is not always easily accessible. Even if it is available, the quality poses a big concern. In this course, you will learn about water treatment processes and the fundamental process control strategies designed to guarantee pristine water quality. You will also evaluate the environmental impact of tap water and bottled water by conducting life cycle assessments.

DEEP into the Woods (J-CSS-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Junior

Are you passionate about the world around you? Do you want to learn how to make a difference in your own community? You will learn about the environment and what you, as an individual, can do to improve it. It features a variety of unique experiments and a final project where you will put your creativity and newfound knowledge to the test and develop a design to improve the planet.

Env/Chem TBD (S-CSS-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Senior

Course description will be available soon!

Designing Our Cities

The Future of Transportation and Smart Cities (S-DOC-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

Course description will be available soon!

Geotechnical Engineering: The Earth We Stand On (S-DOC-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Senior

The course explores the history of the landscape and geotechnical concerns to design cities from the ground up. These concerns can be due to the natural situations of the ground or the unexpected phenomena that can happen during the lifetime of that building. Earthquakes are one of these phenomena that can have a destructive effect on the performance of the building. When designing buildings, one of the main duties of the engineers is to create buildings that can withstand natural catastrophes. After learning about these concerns and gaining the required knowledge in both geology and geotechnics, you will play out a scenario as a designer to battle against disasters.

The Science of Moving People (J-DOC-2)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Junior

Rapid population growth in cities requires us to maximize the use of current transportation infrastructures such as public subway stations, roads, and streets more effectively and efficiently. Problems at this scale require a complex model that predicts where and how people and things move within cities. In this course, you will learn transportation planning such as transit operational planning, travel behaviour models, transportation data collection, and freight movement. While individual behaviours as drivers and pedestrians vary, most try to choose the easiest and shortest path to walk or drive from one place to another. You will investigate how to collect and analyze data of different pedestrian movement behaviour. After this, you will simulate pedestrians’ behaviour based on the analysis of your data. In addition to developing a simple and interesting agent-based movement game, you will also uncover the small changes caused when people follow hidden “rules” in their walking path choices. Another, very short section, of this course is about how pedestrians and public transit users can attribute to moving and delivering things within cities through their daily trips. Lastly, you can expect lively debates on topics such as Uber, bike lanes, and more.

City in Motion (J-DOC-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Junior

Since the dawn of civilization, civil engineering has been the foundation of cities. In the bigger picture, regional city planning dictates the design of road networks, water supply, waste treatment, energy production and environmental preservation. The construction of buildings is of social, economic and environmental concern to a variety of stakeholders. This course focuses on the complexity of building cities and the intricacy of building individual structures at such a scale. You will take on the role of city-planners to make decisions using basic land use principles. By the end of the course, you will know all about the layers of “secret” infrastructure beneath a city.

Experimenting with Elements

Crime Scene Investigators (CSI): Engineer Edition (J-EXE-2B, J-EXE-5)
Week: July 13-17, 2020; August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Junior

Crime scene and investigative documentaries, TV shows, and movies have become increasingly popular throughout the last decade. Have you ever wondered how real-life scientists and engineers actually solve the mystery? Wondering what entomology, forensic anthropology, and mass spectrometry mean? In this course, you will learn about the science behind forensic engineering, and apply laboratory techniques like gel electrophoresis and fingerprint fuming to analyze clues left at the scene of the crime.

My Cup of Java Can Do That??! (S-EXE-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Senior

Coffee production uses a large amount of the earth’s resources—over 10.4 million hectares of land are dedicated to growing coffee. Coffee consumption is an ever-growing industry that can have detrimental environmental effects. However did you know that coffee waste can be used as feedstock for biodiesel production? In this course, you will learn about how scientists and companies are using food waste as a more sustainable means of producing fuel. This is a hands-on course that incorporates fundamental engineering principles that govern scalability and experimental design. You will get exposure to the product design process and develop skills related to 3D printing that will help you in your project where you are to develop sustainable fuel.

CHEM-Mystery (J-EXE-2A)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Junior

Chemistry is part of our daily lives. From the food we consume to stay alive to the medicine we use to cure diseases, we take the marvel of chemically engineered products for granted. However, have you ever wondered why chlorine gas was a feared chemical weapon, yet we add it into our drinking water supply? Have you wondered how life expectancy doubled in just 10 generations (about 200 years)? What if you could eat your water bottle? Let’s uncover the mystery of chemistry!

My Sun, You Can Solve the Water Crisis! (J-EXE-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Junior

Solar vapour generation (SVG) is an emerging field in cleantech that enables the use of non-potable water as a source of clean water through vapour generation carried out by the sun. SVG trumps conventional solar heating by providing greater energy and cost-efficiency. Not only can we use this technology to generate low-temperature vapour for clean water, but it can also generate high-temperature steam for more demanding operations such as electricity production and sterilization. You will learn the high-level engineering concepts related to SVG, and will design and build your own little clean water factory using a variety of readymade and custom SVG materials. You will also design advanced water filters using nanotechnology and develop youth entrepreneurship skills in this course.

DnD (Drugs and Discovery) (S-EXE-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Senior

Devices and drugs help us manage and solve some of the largest health crises facing our world today. What would life be like without devices such as insulin pumps or vaccines? From over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and Tylenol, to the far-reaching impacts of mind and body altering drugs like THC and opioids, the impacts of scientists and engineers are clearly seen, but hard to measure. This course is perfect if you are looking to get a taste of both biomedical engineering and bioengineering. You will have the chance to design your own solution to a global problem, while also gaining hands on-lab experiences such as investigating the materials in diapers and synthesizing your own acetaminophen.

Health Technologies and Pharmaceutical

Innovation and Medical Technology (J-HTP-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Junior

In this project-based design course, teams will engage in the biomedical technology design process to identify, invent, and implement a solution to an unmet clinical need, and discuss the ethical implications of biotechnology. You will learn about medical technology development and will engage in the process through guest lectures delivered by medical technology experts, hands-on practicums, and a student-driven design project. You will have the chance to design and prototype your own health device during the week. You will gain skills such as needs finding, needs screening, product design specifications, concept generation, concept screening, prototyping, risk assessment, and quality control of medical devices.

The Art of Capturing & Interpreting Brainwaves (Sr) (S-HTP-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

Engineers and doctors alike have been curious to explore the inner workings of the nervous system and its diseases since the 18th century. The pioneering studies of the time focused on proving the existence of electrical signals—inspired in part by a twitching frog leg. Today, brainwaves are recorded directly from patients—on the scalp, just below the skull, or even on a single neuron level. Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow us the ability to use these brainwaves to diagnose, treat and sometimes prevent diseases of the nervous system – anywhere from epilepsy to depression. In this course, you will traverse through the networks and pathways of the brain by recording, analyzing and characterizing the electrical signals in living things. You will acquire a basic understanding of the electrical properties of the nervous system, explore the electrical system used to record signals from living tissue, and implement coding algorithms to process and detect abnormalities in the signals.

Foodology (J-HTP-1B)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Junior

In this course, you will learn food science/engineering and some basic nutrition. Knowing all of this will help you have a better understanding of your everyday diet. Although table salt does not contain Iodine naturally, you will find how table salt is a good source of iodine with food fortification. This course will also introduce you to food guides and food labels. But it’s not all technical terms and scientific phrases; you will engage in many hands-on activities.

Engineering the Future of Surgery 201 (S-HTP-2)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Senior

Modern medicine allows for minimally invasive surgeries to be performed at top-tier hospitals around the world. Biomedical engineers have led a critical role in the shaping of surgical procedures over the centuries, to make it more efficient, precise and safe. This course will introduce you to the basic principles of innovation and design for instruments and equipment in surgery. You will learn about the history of surgery and apply the engineering design process to hands-on activities and gain an appreciation for the successes and challenges faced by biomedical engineers. By solving a variety of engineering design challenges related to surgery, you will learn to be innovative, creative, and critical thinkers.

Introduction to the Art of Capturing & Interpreting Brainwaves (J-HTP-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Junior

Engineers and doctors alike have been curious to explore the inner workings of the nervous system and its diseases since the 18th century. The pioneering studies of the time focused on proving the existence of electrical signals—inspired in part by a twitching frog leg. Today, brainwaves are recorded directly from patients—on the scalp, just below the skull, or even on a single neuron level. Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow us the ability to use these brainwaves to diagnose, treat and sometimes prevent diseases of the nervous system – anywhere from epilepsy to depression. In this course, you will traverse through the networks and pathways of the brain by recording, analyzing and characterizing the electrical signals in living things. You will acquire a basic understanding of the electrical properties of the nervous system, explore the electrical system used to record signals from living tissue, and implement coding algorithms to process and detect abnormalities in the signals.

Ultrasound: See the Inside (S-HTP-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Senior

This course is designed to introduce the key concepts of ultrasound and its applications in biomedical and industry. You will transmit and receive ultrasound waves with the use of ultrasound probes, a pulser, and an oscilloscope in an ultrasound lab. You will also learn how to process the captured signals to produce an image that can diagnose breast cancer.

Engineering the Future of Surgery 101 (J-HTP-5)
Week: August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Junior

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of innovation and design for instruments and equipment in surgery. You will learn about the history of surgery and apply the engineering design process to hands-on activities and gain an appreciation for the successes and challenges faced by biomedical engineers. By solving a variety of engineering design challenges related to surgery, you will practice being an innovative, creative, and critical thinker. You will also have the opportunity to visit and tour a simulation centre used for training physicians, surgeons, allied health professionals, and researchers and work with simulation mannequins.

Intelligent Computing Operations

User Experience Design & Marketing Strategies (J-ICO-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Junior

Have you ever experienced frustration while using a website or a mobile application? User experience has the power to change lives by putting the users first, affecting the way people interact with products. The design of a product is crucial, as it is the first thing a customer interacts with whether it’s through online shopping, course enrolment, or even online banking. Businesses aim to have seamless and intuitive interfaces to eliminate user frustration and minimize the loss of customers. You will learn how to apply design methodologies and usability heuristics to create prototypes and learn how to conduct user research and identify user needs to develop better design solutions. You will collaborate with other designers to create user-friendly interfaces and learn how to pitch your ideas. This course is useful if you’ve ever had an idea for a mobile app or a webpage, but don’t know where to begin! By the end of the course, you will have a variety of working prototypes to add to your design portfolio.

Cracking the Code (S-ICO-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

Maintaining one’s privacy has become increasingly difficult in the modern world. For thousands of years, cryptography has played a major role in our civilization. From the early Caesar cypher to modern cryptocurrencies, cryptography has helped secure our information and protect our privacy. This course is an introduction to the world of cryptography. You will gain hands-on experience with various cryptographic cyphers and learn the “do’s” and “don’t”s when creating secure messaging schemes. You will create and mine your own blockchains and learn the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies. The importance of privacy and methods for maintaining one’s privacy online will also be discussed.

Game Design (J-ICO-3, J-ICO-5)
Week: July 20-24, 2020; August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Junior

Course description will be available soon!

Introduction to Computer Vision and Data Analytics (J-ICO-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Junior

Have you ever wondered how a computer sees? In this class, you will learn how to develop computer imaging models using the fastest-growing major programming language – Python. These automatic image interpretation models solve real-life problems, for example, identifying wound types to create a more efficient medical care dispatch system and powering an autonomous vehicle. Computers can also handle large databases that our brain cannot process. By using MATLAB, you can find the trends in any data, and by extension, predict the future! If you are interested in saving the world and solving problems on a computer, you should not pass up this opportunity.

Codes and Cyphers (S-ICO-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Senior

Course description will be available soon!

Neural Networks for Engineering Problem Solving (S-ICO-2A)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Senior

This course introduces the tools of data processing, analysis and machine learning in Python. Widely used packages such as pandas, matplotlib, seaborn, and scikit-learn will be applied directly with real-world data. Neural networks will be explored as a tool for analysis, with a focus on proper implementation to avoid over-fitting. You will take this knowledge and apply a similar analysis to a real-world, open-source dataset to solve an engineering problem. Potential topics include: analysing seasonal trends in air pollution, endangered species population, City of Toronto transportation, and finding predictors of heart disease. At the end of the course, you will present your findings to an engineering audience.

Teaching Machines to Learn (S-ICO-2B)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Senior

Due to the increase of computing power in the past decade, many problems that were once unsolvable by a computer, have been realized using ML (Machine Learning). Even in the past year, there have been significant advancements in ML such as the discovery of transfer learning for BERT models in NLP (Natural Language Processing), improvement of GANs (Generative Adversarial Network) for Deepfake detection and promise in fields outside computer vision, and the expansion of ML models to run on lightweight devices, enabling ML to be used on many devices such as our phones and in the browser. In this ever-advancing world, research and industry have turned to ML to solve some of the hardest problems and hopefully, solve problems that are still unknown to us. In this course, we will introduce the concept of ANNs (Artificial Neural Networks) and use machine learning libraries to create algorithms that learn from data. You will apply these algorithms to robotic arms to accomplish different tasks. May the smartest robot win!

Digging Up Silicon Valley (S-ICO-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Senior

This course focuses on the fundamentals of semiconductor devices which are the building blocks of all of our technological innovations. You will learn how these semiconductors can be used for building various devices including diodes, transistors, LEDs, lasers, and solar cells. You will also learn the principles of these devices through demonstrations and experimentation. By the end of the course, you will use newly-acquired knowledge of different semiconductor devices to build a communication system.

Physics and Dynamics Fundamentals

An Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Design, Build, Fly (J-PDF-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Junior

This course will go over the basics of flight and airfoil design; including why airfoils work and how to design airfoils for certain abilities (e.g. how airfoils are designed for commercial flight vs. jet fighters). Throughout the week, you will get hands-on experience with airplane design and get to work with computer aided design (CAD) to design airfoils. You will finally get to test your planes on the last day!

Computational Physics (S-PDF-2, S-PDF-5A)
Week: July 13-17, 2020; August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Senior

When faced with equations that cannot be solved exactly, physicists and engineers need to turn to numerical methods to simulate the behaviour of physical systems. Thankfully, with advances in technology, calculations which were previously near-impossible by hand can now be performed by computers in a fraction of a second. From calculating the states of subatomic particles, to predicting the weather, to solving equations of motion for planets orbiting stars, numerical methods can simulate a wide variety of physical systems. This course will teach you how to write computer programs in Python to solve the equations that govern the motion of several different physical systems. You will also be introduced to exciting topics in modern physics such as quantum mechanics, and special relativity, along with the mathematics necessary to better understand them. Over the course of the week, you will have a chance to work in small groups and choose one (or more) of several physical systems to simulate using Python.

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Python.

Aerospace Engineering: Design, Build, Fly (S-PDF-5B)
Week: August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Senior

This course will go over the basics of flight and airfoil design; including why airfoils work and how to design airfoils for certain abilities (i.e how airfoils are designed for commercial flight vs. jet fighters). Throughout the week, you will get hands-on experience with airplane design and get to work with computer aided design (CAD) for design airfoils. You will finally get to test your planes on the last day!

Solar Cell Physics, Materials, and Devices (J-PDF-2B)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Junior

In the last decade, solar generation of electricity has gone from being “the future” to the present. Whether driven by concerns of climate change, air pollution, or energy independence, solar cells have become commonplace and prices have decreased exponentially. As of 2016, more solar-generated electricity infrastructure is being installed than any other single source. This course will focus on the fundamental physics behind solar cells, the different solar cells (including next-generation technologies), and their fabrication. You will discuss solar cell installations, their use in architecture, and the impact of solar energy on society. You will learn through demonstrations, experimentation, problem-solving, and the fabrication of a simple solar cell.

From Lenses to Lasers: The Science and Engineering of Optics (J-PDF-2A)
Week: July 13-17, 2020
Level: Junior

From the earliest studies of light by Aristocles to the development of basic optics by Newton, to modern discoveries by Einstein, Born, Wolff and other luminaries, the field of optics has advanced far beyond the humble lens. Optical fibres enable high-speed internet; holography is used for entertainment and anti-counterfeit banknotes; lasers are used in supermarket scanners, military and medical applications. This course will focus on the fundamentals of optics, touching on exciting new developments in this constantly evolving field. You will learn how telescopes and microscopes work and how to measure the refractive indices of materials. We will discuss how polarization is used in real-world applications such as sunglasses and 3D movies. At the end of the course, we will learn about lasers and state-of-the-art developments modern optics.

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (S-PDF-3)
Week: July 20-24, 2020
Level: Senior

Come and explore the ideas that have shaped the most successful quantitative theory ever! Quantum mechanics is the basis of our universe. Through this perspective, we will observe the strange, but wonderful, world that surrounds us. This course will present a rigorous introduction to both the theoretical and experimental sides of quantum mechanics. Through this, we will discuss the implications of this theory and explore such topics as quantum entanglement, cloning, quantum computers, and much more.

This is an advanced course that requires math proficiency.

Research in Autonomous Robots

Lights, Camera, Action (S-RAR-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

This course focuses on the fundamentals of optics. We will start with geometrical optics where you will learn how to build various optical devices including a camera, a telescope, and a microscope. Next, you will learn more about various phenomena including interference, diffraction and holography through in-class presentations, demonstration and experimentation. You will learn how a prism can disperse a light beam into a spectrum of rainbow colours. You will learn how lasers work and how they differ from normal lamp light. Lastly, you also will learn how light is used in communication.

Road to Human Cyborg: How Machines Restore Lost Functions of Human Body (S-RAR-4)
Week: July 27-31, 2020
Level: Senior

Losing a body function can be debilitating, but the notion of these disabilities being a permanent problem is being challenged in every aspect with the recent advances in technology. Biomedical engineering is a field where various disciplines meet to tackle such problems present in medicine and health care. In this course, you will learn how medical problems are addressed using state-of-the-art biomedical electronic devices. Some of the topics covered in the course include an electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), artificial limb prosthetics, and implanted devices. Throughout the course, you will learn the physiology of the human organs (e.g. heart, ear, muscles, etc.) and medical conditions associated with them. In parallel, you will perform hands-on activities to build electrical circuits to understand better how the biomedical devices discussed in the class function. During the course, you will also tour an advanced research facility to observe the latest tools being developed to improve the health care system.

Self Driving Robots (S-RAR-2, S-RAR-5)
Week: July 13-17, 2020; August 4-7, 2020 (4-day week; reduced fees apply)
Level: Senior

Self-driving cars are one of the most significant technological advances in recent years. Some of the most innovative companies in the world (e.g. Google, Tesla, Uber) are actively employing this technology in their business model. Already, we are seeing their impact on transportation, urban planning, and ethics. In another 10 years, who knows how this technology will change our daily routines? This course we will discuss the theory behind self-driving cars, particularly focusing on localization, control, and path-finding algorithms. Each group will be provided with pre-made robots for which you will explore high-level artificial intelligence programming techniques to integrate sensors with your robot effectively. The course will conclude with a final competition where you and your group will design, build, and implement a self-driving algorithm for autonomous maze navigation.

DEEP Robotics Competition (J-RAR-1)
Week: July 6-10, 2020
Level: Junior

You are invited to join us for the ultimate robotics design challenge! Bring the imagination and creativity and we’ll give you the knowledge, parts, and electronics to make a robot for competition. Using 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software, you will work in small groups to design the most effective robot to win. This design challenge will take you through the entire engineering design process, from ideas to CAD models to prototypes and a final design. On the last day, there will be a battle between designs to see who comes on top. Good luck and may the best team (and robot) win!