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June 2015

Researching the cutting-edge of Canadian technology for the home

Umang Yadav wants to be on the cutting edge of technology. An electronics and communication engineering student from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (Surat, India), Umang has been given the privilege to contribute to the next generation of remote healthcare monitoring technology through Mitacs Globalink Research Internships.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Janet Light and PhD student Ali Reza Manashty at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, Umang is helping to develop the components of a comprehensive remote healthcare system designed for senior citizens and physically disabled individuals.

When complete, the “smart” home monitoring system would use a combination of video- or motion-based surveillance systems with biological sensors to detect in-home medical emergencies. The system could then notify caretakers or emergency responders of the incident, potentially saving lives. Umang is currently assisting the team to develop applications that process biological information such as heart rate and blood pressure in real time. 

Umang says the experience has been valuable for his eventual career in a biomedical start up. “Having research experience through Mitacs Globalink will be very useful to my career. I couldn’t have learned these same techniques and tools without doing a project like this.” 

 


Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, and Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. Mitacs is pleased to work with international partners to support Globalink, including Brazil’s le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, the China Scholarship Council, Campus France, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education.