Current projects

Capturing and interpreting people’s activity and vital signs is central to monitoring and managing their health. We are creating new and innovative ways of embedding sensors and systems into people’s environments to enable zero-effort remote monitoring.

CARE-RATE is an online resource (product) to support family caregivers of individuals with dementia. CARE-RATE leverages natural language processing and artificial intelligence to power a dialogue-based interface that enables caregivers to describe the problem they are having to CARE-RATE, which returns tailored information about assistive technology, local, regional, and global resources, online forums, and strategies that suit their specific needs.

Research has shown that youth and older adults have much to gain through meaningful interactions as they complement each other’s knowledge, aptitudes, and levels of energy. However, the current social landscape is causing increasing disconnect between the generations.

Sleep is a crucial and substantial biological process. While many wearables monitor sleep, they focus on estimating when people are asleep, but do not take into account circadian rhythms.

Exercise has been shown to have significant physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits for older adults, however, changing abilities can make it difficult for people living with dementia to engage in exercise. Together with kinesiologists and people with early-stage dementia, we have co-created head-mounted virtual reality exercise games to encourage engagement in exercise.