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July 2013

Signaling a change in elderly care

Abhishek Malali has found his calling at University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Under the guidance of Dr. Janet Light, Abhishek is researching how to use signal processing to detect when an individual is about to fall. The research has the potential to change the way we approach healthcare for the elderly and those living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by reducing overall dependence on caregivers and keeping potentially harmful accidents at bay. Alongside Dr. Light and her team of researchers, Abhishek is investigating microsensors that capture data from foot pressure and brain signals as a way to monitor when a subject loses balance. The research has already resulted in the development of smart shoe sensors that examine factors such as impaired coordination and change in posture to identify a potential fall.

“I heard great reviews about Canada and Mitacs Globalink, which have proven to be true. I have found that Mitacs Globalink offers students a lot of opportunities, for example, workshops through Mitacs Step, which provide us with business-ready skills.  Contributing to research that will eventually benefit the elderly is the icing on the cake.” To help them reduce their dependence on a caregiver and provide them with independence brings great satisfaction and fulfillment to my experience in Canada.”


Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico