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Celebrating wins from our clients who are changing the world

Designing robots to make buildings sustainable

Two turtles wearing glasses swim towards a magnifying glass to look at different coloured pieces of microplastics.

The Miniaturized Intelligent Construction Robot for Optimal Building Operations and Defect Detection (MICRO-BODD) initiative brings together faculty and trainees from the University of British Columbia with government and industry partners to make infrastructure more sustainable.

Led by Dr. Zhengbo Zou, the research team draws from fields such as robotics, human-robot interactions, the brain science of collaborative work, lifecycle assessment and design, asset management, project management, optimization, and machine learning to advance the digital transformation of construction projects.

Hikma facilitated the MICRO-BODD Kick Off in Summer 2023 and continues to support the team with knowledge mobilization training and strategic support.

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Centering survivors in testimony collection

Charlotte Schallié, University of Victoria, has been awarded a SSHRC Partnership Grant for “Visual Storytelling and Graphic Art in Genocide and Human Rights Education” ($2.5M CAD). 

This project brings together 52 scholars across 16 countries, who will partner with 11 survivors, 13 artists, and 34 museums, schools, human rights groups, and other organizations to advance arts-based practices for gathering and teaching survivor testimony. 

We worked with this team over 16+ months to refine the project's vision, governance structure, funding proposal, and project design. 

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Shaping microplastics policy

Two turtles wearing glasses swim towards a magnifying glass to look at different coloured pieces of microplastics.

The Cluster for Microplastics, Human Health & the Environment has been awarded a second year of funding from the University of British Columbia Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters.

Led in Year 1 by Loretta Li, the Cluster engaged Hikma to support three public scholarship initiatives: a knowledge mobilization training series, an infographic to spark partnerships, and a three-episode podcast series.

Hikma Artist in Residence Matthew Tomkinson incorporated the sound of crunched plastic to create the original score for the podcast. 

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Building pandemic resilience in long term care

Farinaz Havaei, University of British Columbia, pivoted her research program in 2020 to address the immediate and long term impacts of the pandemic on the long term care sector.

After gathering data from long term care sites across British Columbia, Dr. Havaei facilitated virtual dialogues with health authorities, residents, family members, administrators, and others across the province. 

Through these dialogues, the group developed key policy recommendations. We translated these recommendations into a final report and a forthcoming podcast for government officials and the public.

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