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Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare

September 26, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Dalhousie University, along with the The Signal Processing / Microwave Theory and Techniques Joint Chapter and Circuits and Systems / Solid State Circuits Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Smart Home Technologies Towards Better Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. Jamal Deen, McMaster University
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday, September 26th, 2014
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room B308 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.


Over the past century, in most developed and rapidly developing countries, there has been a continual increase in life expectancy primarily due to improvements in public health, nutrition and medicine. However, this is now coupled with aging population demographics and falling birth rates, which when combined, are expected to significantly burden the socio-economic well-being of many of these countries. In fact, never before in human history have we been confronted with such a large aging population, nor have we developed solid, cost-effective solutions for the healthcare and social needs and well-being of the elderly. In this presentation, we will describe an ongoing project in Ubiquitous (U)-Healthcare – a smart medical home. In our work, we are using advances in information technology, wireless communication, web-based technologies and autonomics, to develop new, smart and cost-effective solutions for the health wellness of the elderly. Such a solution would enable elderly to lead independent lifestyles in their own homes while being continuously monitored for the early detection of symptoms, so diseases can be treated earlier than in later stages as is currently done; to promote health wellness; as well as to treat chronic illnesses. In this presentation, through a few examples, we will discuss our ongoing work and the challenges we have uncovered, plus some of the research issues we are pursuing. In particular, we will focus on the critical role of information technology (IT) in developing innovative, low-cost and high impacting solutions to the pending elderly demographic crisis. Several examples will be described to highlight IT for U-Health.

About the Speaker:

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is currently Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director, Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory at McMaster University, Canada. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes about 490 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks on Silicon Photonics – Fundamentals and Devices, (Wiley 2012) and Fiber Optic Communications – Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley 2014), 20 authored/edited books and conference proceedings, 16 invited book chapters, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 12 best paper/poster awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors.

As a graduate student, Dr. Deen was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society. His awards and honors include the Thomas D. Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Division from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; an IBM Faculty Award; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; the McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers from IEEE Canada), the Fessenden Silver Medal, and the Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada. For his exceptional scholarly achievements, exemplary professionalism and service contributions, Prof. Deen was awarded three honorary doctorates – the degree Doctor of Engineering – honoris causa from University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011 and the degree Doctor – honoris causa from both Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2012 and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain in 2014.

Dr. Deen’s peers have elected him Fellow in nine national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) – The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (the highest honor for scholars, academics and artists in Canada), The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), The American Physical Society (FAPS), and The Electrochemical Society (FECS).

Location Information:

Room B308 is located in the 3rd floor of the ‘B’ building of Sexton Campus. After 4:30PM you may park in any unreserved spots on the campus parking lot, you should notice signs indicating that a valid parking pass is only required before 4:30PM. Do not park in reserved spots, typically those nearest to the building.

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