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Research interests: 

Jennifer Boger’s research focuses on intelligent technologies for enhancing the safety, health, wellbeing, and independence of older adults and people with disabilities. Jennifer employs transdisciplinary collaboration throughout her research to advance theory and create operational technologies that reflect the needs, abilities, and contexts of the people using them. A central theme to her research is the development of ambient zero-effort technologies – technologies that blend into people’s environments and operate with little or no perceived effort.

Primary affiliations

- Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
- Schlegel Chair in Technology for Independent Living, Research Institute for Aging

Secondary affiliations

- Professor (cross-appointed), School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
- Scientist (affiliated), AI & Robotics group, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute


- BSc – Biological Engineering, University of Guelph
- MSc – Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
- PhD – Life and Health Sciences, Ulster University

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    Hajar is pursuing her PhD program in Systems Design Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Boger, Dr. George Shaker, Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Plinio Morita. With background in microwave imaging, antenna design and machine learning, the focus of her research is on the use of radar in the smart bed. She is developing a sensor that uses electromagnetic waves to continually monitor patients at home or hospital without visual camera. Her research interests include radar systems, microwave imaging, antennas and wave propagation. 

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    Aishwarya recently started her MASc in Systems Design Engineering at UWaterloo. She has more than a year of experience as a software developer. Her research interests include HCI and AI. Under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Boger and Dr Kerstin Dautenhahn, her research focuses on promoting intergenerational relationships through social robotics. 

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    I am a third year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Nicky Newton at Wilfrid Laurier University. My dissertation, funded by International Society for Study of Behavioral Development- Jacobs Foundation Fellowship for Early Career Scholars, examines the role of social support provided by a volunteer-based telephone helpline program in older adults’ lives. To extend my current research, I am also working with Dr. Boger’s Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living team to design and evaluate innovative technology-based applications which promote healthy aging. Through advocacy, research, and creating innovative products, I am passionate about enhancing older adults’ and their care-partners' health, well-being, social connections, and overall quality of life.

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    I graduated with a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering – Control Systems in 2016. I am currently a master student in Systems Design Engineering at university of Waterloo. Under supervision of Dr. Jennifer Boger and Professor John McPhee the emphasis of my research is on rehabilitation, using the stroke rehabilitation robot for reducing pusher behavior in people with pusher syndrome. We are also interested to see how using machine learning along with head-mounted virtual reality might be used to enhance rehabilitation outcomes.

    No one can ignore the vital role of science and technology in improvement of human life. By using my knowledge to build advances devices, I am here to be part of this improvement process to facilitate people’s lives. In my leisure time I like to go mountain climbing, caving, swimming.

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    Sean Lazaro is a biomedical engineering student who is working on a project to apply machine learning techniques for sleep monitoring, by analysing sleep data collected with an accelerometer-based wrist-worn device. By joining the ITWIL lab, Sean aims to apply the skills he gained as an engineering student and from his co-op experiences to aid in the development of technology that empowers users to take control of their health and enables them to improve their quality of life.

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    I’m currently a MASc student in Systems Design Engineering Department at University of Waterloo. My research and thesis work on developing VR exergames as well as effectiveness measures of the games in promoting physical activities by people with dementia. My research interests lie in healthcare, human factors, UI/UX designs, and even AI for developing ambient technologies.

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    I am an MASc. candidate in the Department of Systems Design Engineering. My interests are in biomedical engineering particularly wearable technologies, monitoring systems and ambient-assisted living. I am currently designing unobtrusive and zero-effort technologies based on ballistocardiography for cardiac vitals monitoring.

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    Sheida is a PhD student in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. With Master’s and undergraduate background in Industrial and Systems Engineering, she is interested in using machine learning and data science techniques to create and improve health and safety enhancing tools. Her research, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Boger, concentrates on developing a new digital tool to support understanding, communication, and planning between people with MCI (Mild Cognitive Disorder) and their employers.

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    John Muñoz is a research scientist and game designer interested in using human body signals to create more "humanized" assistive technologies based on games and interactive systems. John’s research has been applied mainly in healthcare scenarios from physical activity promotion for the seniors to neurorehabilitation games for stroke patients. John has designed and co-developed a dozen videogames interfaced with physiological sensors such as brain-computer interfaces (BCI), heart rate monitors, depth cams, and wearable electromyography armbands as well as a set of software tools that to promote the synergy between physiological computing and gaming. 

    BSc: Physics Engineering, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (Colombia)
    Msc: Electric Engeneering, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, (Colombia)​​​​​​​
    ​​​​​​​PhD: Human-Computer Interaction, Universidade da Madeira, (Portugal)

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    Following my undergrad in Engineering Design at IIT Madras, I've enrolled in the MASc program in Systems Design Engineering at UW. Under the supervision of Professors Jennifer Boger and Siby Samuel, I am working on developing a quantitative assessment tool to identify the stage of dementia when an affected person poses a risk as an active driver. My technical interests lie in UI/UX design and applications of machine learning to medical devices.

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    I am currently a second year masters student at the University of Waterloo for Systems Design Engineering. I am being supervised by Professor Jennifer Boger and Professor Ning Jiang for my thesis, which focuses on developing brain-computer interfaces for autism spectrum disorder. I have a variety of interests in user experience design, software engineering, and signal processing. I received my bachelor of Knowledge Integration in 2016. My bachelor's education focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and developing the soft skills required to facilitate large, complex projects. I graduated with formal specializations in computer science and collaborative design. My dream is to blend all of my interests to help design, develop, and validate medical systems to be used in hospitals and by consumers.

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    I’m a MASc candidate in Systems Design Engineering department. I graduated in Electrical Engineering and I have several years of experience in design and development of various software modules particularly for substation automation applications. I have also implemented different data communication protocols used in electrical industry. Currently, I’m working under supervision of Dr. Boger on development of an interface for a cognitive computing system (CARE-RATE application) as well as creation of novel ways of eliciting user context, passing this to the CARE-RATE engine, and returning relevant data to the user.

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    I am a Masters student in the Systems Design Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. My research and thesis, under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Boger, concentrates on developing computer-based tools and studying what happens when people develop mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia while still working. My interests lie in prototyping, UI/UX, human factors, and HCI. I completed my Bachelor's education in Computer Science and Engineering in 2017. I also serve as the president for UW's Human Factors and Ergonomics Society student chapter. I read books and swim in my spare time.

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    I’m currently a MASc student in the Systems Design Engineering Department. Under Dr. Boger’s supervision, I focus on building an innovative sleep monitoring wearable wristband that combines the traditional 3-axis accelerometer sensor and a temperature sensor. This system will not only be able to capture normal sleep-related parameters (onset, offset, etc…), but will capture the information regarding our internal circadian rhythms. I hope my research can deepen researchers’ understanding of both people’s external sleep patterns and the internal biological rhythms that make sleep happen. Building advanced systems that help people to better understand their health status will always be my research interests.