Signaling a change in elderly care

Globalink Research Intern discovers the role microsensors play in predicting potential falls

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 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.

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