International Partners

The Netherlands

CBB and University of Twente Partnership to Accelerate Research in Data Driven Persuasive Health Technology

MOUPhoto: Victor van der Chijs, president of the University of Twente’s Executive Board and Catherine Burns, Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and professor in systems design engineering.

The University of Waterloo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Twente to establish an international, transatlantic data research network rooted in the combination of engineering and sciences with social and health sciences.

Combining Waterloo strengths in health, engineering, and computer science, with University of Twente’s expertise in social sciences, this will be one of the largest international teams assembled to work together in data-driven persuasive technology. Both institutions have a strong track record in applying research in persuasive technology, cognitive ergonomics, sensors and automation, and data science technology including big data, data analytics and the Internet-of-things, within healthcare. To date, over 20 researchers have committed to be part of this collaboration.

The partnership builds upon an existing foundation of strong and productive interactions between Waterloo and Twente. Professor Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, head of the Centre for eHealth & Wellbeing Research also holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Waterloo to collaborate on usability of interface design. Along with Olga Kulyk, assistant professor in Persuasive Health Technology at Twente, they have worked closely with Waterloo systems design engineering Professor Catherine Burns, Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB).

An International Research Partnership - EU Grant (IRPG) was awarded between Waterloo’s CBB and the University of Twente in November 2015 to further strengthen this international collaboration and pursue data-driven persuasive technology.

As part of this MOU, two joint workshops will be held in 2016-2017, beginning with the June 6-9, 2016 "Data-driven Persuasive Technology for Smart & Healthy Society workshop" at the University of Twente. The focus of these workshops will be to further strengthen the international research collaboration to develop research proposals and build strategic activities.

[Daily Bulletin] [UTwente News]

Timeline:

2015 November - IRPG-EU "Data-driven persuasive technology", University of Twente, The Netherlands, and University of Oulu, Finland.

2016 June - Workshop at University of Twente, The Netherlands.
UW PI Participants: Catherine Burns and Ning Jiang, Systems Design Engineering, James Tung, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Kelly Grindrod, School of Pharmacy, Helen Chen, School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Proposal "Data-driven Persuasive Technology for Smart & Healthy Society workshop" and "Digging into Data" on how to support care of older people through technology and, how to fight antimicrobial resistance by analyzing traffic patterns and in hospital data.  Marie Curie student exchange program discussions.

2016 June - MOU signed between both universities.

2016 August - 2 University of Waterloo students sponsored by the University of Twente to attend "CuriousU" a transdisciplinary summer camp with students from around the world.

2016 November - Workshop at the University of Waterloo.
UW PI Participants: Catherine Burns, Ning Jiang and Jen Boger, Systems Design Engineering, James Tung, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Kelly Grindrod, School of Pharmacy, Helen Chen, School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Proposals and shared lab space discussions.

2017 March - Proposal "Ageing and Place in a digitising world" through the Joint Programming Initiative - More Years, Better Lives" (JPI-MYBL) and CIHR.  
UW PI Participants: Catherine Burns and Jennifer Boger, Systems Design Engineering, Plinio Morita, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Edith Law, Computer Science.

Other advancements:

  • Chapter development for an e-Health book: E-health Technology: Theory, Development and Evaluation. Centre for eHealth & Wellbeing Research. University of Twente. Editors L. van Gemert-Pijnen, R. Sanderman.  
  • UW researchers Catherine Burns and Leila Sadat Rezai, Systems Design Engineering, Rita Orji, Computer Science attend the Persuasive Health Technology Conference in Amsterdam on April 5-7.

France

CBB and Sorbonne Universités Partnership for Innovative Health Engineering

SorbonnePhoto: May 2016 workshop at the University of Waterloo 

This partnership seeks to build a new collaboration between CBB researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Sorbonne Universités in the transdisciplinary area of Health Engineering.  Health engineering is a research theme that cuts across UW strengths in engineering, applied health, computer science and aging.  A MOU was signed between UW and the Sorbonne Universités in November 2015.

The first CBB/Sorbonne workshop is scheduled May 9-11, 2016 here in Waterloo with the goal of look for key areas of synergy.  The second workshop will leverage those synergies towards building a strong ongoing partnership with the end goals of:

  • Applying for joint grant applications to Canadian and European funding agencies in the field of health engineering for Horizon 2020, European Space Agency, European Research Council, and national funding programs in Canada and France.
  • Research oriented exchanges of graduate students or faculty visits to deepen knowledge on an individual level.

An IRPG was created between Waterloo's CBB and the Sorbonne Universités in April 2016 to further develop international collaboration for Innovative Health Engineering.

Timeline:

2016 April - IRPG-EU "Innovative Health Engineering", Sorbonne Universités, France.

2016 May - Workshop at the University of Waterloo.
UW PI Participants: Catherine Burns and Ning Jiang, Systems Design Engineering, Melanie Campbell, Physics, Richard Hughson, Kinesiology
Other UW Participants: Myra Fernandez and James Danckert, Psychology, Hamid Tizhoosh, John McPhee, and Alex Wong, Systems Design Engineering, Alfred Yu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, James Tung, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Brian Ingalls and Sivabal Sivaloganathan, Applied Mathematics, Adil Al-Mayah, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Paul Stolee, School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Proposal "Crystalizing trandisciplinary innovation in health engineering".

2016 November - Workshop at Sorbonne Universités, France
UW PI Participants: Catherine Burns and Maud Gorbet, Systems Design Engineering, Safieddin Safavi-Naeini and Alfred Yu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Trevor Charles, Biology, Sivabal Sivaloganathan, Applied Mathematics, Christine McWebb, French Studies
Proposal discussions on research collaborations in ageing, e-health, applied math/modelling, energy, environment, digital communications,  sustainable cities. MITAC research fellowship program for graduate student internships at the Sorbonne.  Joint lab resources and proposal development discussions.

2017 - Sorbonne Forminnov grant awarded 130k EUR to create a joint academic exchange and summer school between the universities.  Planning and coordination in progress.

United Kingdom

This partnership project is led by CBB member Zoya Leonenko, and aims to establish long-term research collaborations between the University of Waterloo and the University of Bristol (UB), United Kingdom, that will lead to important outcomes both in terms of scientific communications and grant applications. It helps to establish collaborations between UW researchers and commercial companies.  It promotes the newly established Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC) and helped to establish regular annual meetings of the BSC. The project also provides excellent international experience for UW’s graduate students and will help to establish national and international relationships with students and faculty to develop Highly Qualified Personnel.

Timeline:

2015 January - IRPG-EU "Bilateral University of Bristol-University of Waterloo Workshop in Nanotechnology  Joint with the First Annual Meeting of the Biophysics Society of Canada", University of Bristol, United Kingdom

2015 June - 1st UB-UW Workshop in Nanotechnology, joint with the First Annual Meeting of the Biophysics Society of Canada at the University of Waterloo.
UW PI Participants: Zoya Leonenko, Physics and Astronomy, Catherine Burns, Systems Design Engineering
Discussions to define strengths and interests in the theme areas of nanotechnology and quantum information technology between the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, the University of Bristol. Fifteen students and faculty delegation from UB and more than 130 participants from Canada and abroad attended the 2 day workshop.

2016 June – Workshop at the University of Bristol.
A 2nd Nanotechnology workshop between UW and UB was held in Bristol to further discuss research collaboration.  A graduate-student symposium was held to showcase the research achievements of the students and to promote networking opportunities. This symposium was part of the Bristol-Waterloo Graduate Training Program organized by the Director of the College of Doctoral Training, Dr Terrence McMaster, and the Director of the Bristol Centre for Functional and Nanomaterials (BCFN), Dr Annela Seddon.

2016 July - UB training visit at the University of Waterloo.
The graduate training program continued in Waterloo with a delegation of 15 faculty and graduate students from the University of Bristol participated in cleanroom-operation demonstrations, laboratory tours and researcher-shadowing activities.

2016 December - IRPG-EU "High-speed AFM observation of the effect of β-amyloid on neuronal membranes with relevance to mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease", University of Bristol, United Kingdom
UW PI Participants: Zoya Leonenko, Physics and Astronomy, Shirley Tang, Chemistry, Michael Beazely, School of Pharmacy, John Mielke, School of Public Health and Health Systems.
This grant is to establish first research collaboration between UW PI (Leonenko) and UB PI (Miles).