Researching the cutting-edge of Canadian technology for the home

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern develops “smart” home monitoring system at the University of New Brunswick

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 thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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, and Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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