Partnership overview

The research at the Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab) is supported by research grants and industry sponsors.

UbiLab is currently seeking new partnership opportunities to collaboratively explore and address challenges within various areas of health technology research including IoT technology, big data, AI in Healthcare remote patient monitoring, and mHealth and eHealth technology design. Benefits of collaborations with the UbiLab include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative and independent intellectual property development.
  • Opportunities to recruit experienced, qualified personnel.
  • Information and updates regarding the current and future challenges and developments in digital health technology.

UbiLab appreciates the support of its public, academic, and private sector partners (see below) for their generous support.

List of public sector partners

 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada logo

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funds visionaries and innovators searching for the scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit our country. NSERC supports post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research logo

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's federal funding agency for health research and collaborated with partners and researchers to support innovations that will strengthen our health care system.

 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council logo

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Ontario Centre of Innovation logo

The Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) connects innovators in the province with researchers, industry partners and funding necessary to commercialize the next generation of made-in-Ontario IP and solutions.

Mitacs logo

Mitacs powers research & development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges — in Canada and internationally. Mitacs works with universities, companies, and both federal and provincial governments to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Networks of Centres of Excellence logo

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) offers a suite of programs that mobilize Canada's best research, development and entrepreneurial expertise, and focus it on specific issues and strategic areas. NCE programs help build a more advanced, healthy, competitive and prosperous country, by harnessing the best talent in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and health sciences. 

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) ensures Canadian researchers have the tools they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines and contribute to the full spectrum of research. With a rigorous and independent merit review process established, the CFI ensures that only the best projects receive funding. 

Government of Ontario logo

The Early Researcher Awards (ERA) program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team. The program helps Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians, and aims to attract the brightest talent.

Health Canada logo

Health Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy. It is responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health and ensures that high-quality health services are accessible while working to reduce health risks.

Public Health Agency of Canada logo

The Public Health Agency of Canada is part of the federal health portfolio. It is an agency of the Government of Canada with activities focusing on preventing disease and injuries, promoting good physical and mental health, and providing information to support informed decision-making.

List of academic partners

University of Campinas logo

The University of Campinas (Unicamp), is one of the top universities in Brazil and Latin America, and produces world-class basic and applied research, providing high-standard undergraduate and graduate education.

University of Technology of Compiègne logo

The University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) is a French national university and an engineering school, with autonomous training and pedagogy and an innovation-intensive, interdisciplinary technological research programme.

University of Bordeaux logo

The University of Bordeaux is the third-largest university in France and is ranked among the country's top universities for the quality of its academic courses and research.


Justice Institute of British Columbia is Canada’s leading public safety educator, a public post-secondary institution that has earned a worldwide reputation for exceptional applied education, training and research.

University of Strathclyde logo

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university, committed to research, teaching, useful learning and employability. The facility is transforming the way academics, industry and government work in partnership in energy, health, sustainable cities and manufacturing.

Kyoto University

Ranked as one of Asia's leading research-oriented institutions, Kyoto University is famed for producing world-beating researchers, including 13 Nobel Prize laureates. 

Universidade de São Paulo logo

Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is one of the most prestigious high education and research institutions in Latin America. USP has quickly achieved a leading role in many different fields as a research centre and is responsible for around 20% of all Brazilian academic output.

Profiles of our academic partners

Okechukwu (Okey) Igboeli

Continuing Lecturer, Director (Science and Business Program, University of Waterloo)

Dr. Igboeli has significant academic and practical experience in entrepreneurship and research commercialization. Before joining the Science and Business program, he founded and led the drug discovery company, True Spring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr. Igboeli teaches several Science and Business courses and facilitates the integration of Science and Business students’ experience with entrepreneurial activities on campus and in the community.

Jennifer Boger

Director, Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living (ITWIL) Lab (University of Waterloo)

Dr. 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. Jennifer is also the Schlegel Chair in Technology for Independent Living at the Research Institute for Aging.

Zahid A. Butt

Assistant Professor (School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo)

Dr. Butt's research interests focus on syndemics of infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. His research aims to evaluate the determinants of syndemics, extend the syndemic framework to non-communicable diseases and cancers, and design and evaluate prevention strategies to address syndemics. Dr. Butt has worked internationally in academia and the development sector (World Health Organization and UNICEF).

Paula Paro Costa

Professor and Research Scientist (University of Campinas)

Dr. Costa is a Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Campinas (Unicamp). Her motivation is to develop technologies to provide users with inclusive, intuitive, efficient and insightful access to information, leveraging the potential of great minds to solve complex problems and achieve brilliant outcomes. Dr. Costa has spent the last years investigating expressive speech facial animation synthesis and audiovisual speech perception. That's how she entered the world of Affective Computing, an interdisciplinary field spanning engineering, computer science, psychology, and cognitive science.

Thiago Cruvinel

Dr. Cruvinel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Public Health at the Bauru School of Dentistry at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He obtained the degrees of Doctor of Dental Surgery – DDS (2003), besides master’s degree (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in Pediatric Dentistry from the Bauru School of Dentistry at the University of São Paulo, including a sandwich doctoral internship at the Academisch Centrum Tandheelhunde Amsterdam (ACTA, Netherlands) between 2009-2010. Dr. Crivunel is an effective member of Brazilian Society for Dental Research (SBPqO) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). His research topics focus on Health Communication, Health Information, e-Health, Health Education, and Child-centered Care.

List of private sector partners

ecobee logo

ecobee is a Canadian manufacturer of home automation technology including smart thermostats, temperature and occupancy sensors, smart light switches, smart cameras, and contact sensors.

Thinktum logo

Thinktum Inc. is a technology venture company with a strong commitment to innovation, leadership and a responsibility to give back to the communities they serve. Thinktum Inc. aims to cultivate its technological capabilities and engage with the entrepreneurial community interested in improving the quality of life for their fellow Canadians and humanity globally.

Smart ONE logo

SmartONE Solutions is an award-winning Canadian technology company that transforms buildings into smart communities, to create and develop innovative places where people thrive, feel safe and live secure.

SWiDGET logo

Swidget is the developer of a modular smart home device designed to connect and control multiple home sensors and electronics via a single smartphone application that provides users with real-time knowledge and energy use insights.

unicef logo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the world's farthest-reaching humanitarian organization for children. UNICEF aims to mobilize and empower Canadians to invest in the positive transformation of every child's future. The team works with governments and the private sector in Canada and internationally to advance the rights and well-being of youth.

CSA group logo

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group is a global organization dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Comprised of two organizations: Standards Development and Testing, Inspection, & Certification, the CSA Group addresses emerging, complex issues and technologies.

Hillrom logo

Hillrom is a leading global medical technology company whose products, services, and employees worldwide help people get better care inside and outside the hospital. Hillrom's innovations improve clinical and economic outcomes and ensure caregivers in more than 100 countries have the products they need to protect patients, speed up recoveries, and manage conditions.