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Smart Homes for the Independent Living of Seniors

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Rafik Goubran

Vice-President (Research and International), , Carleton University

Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

March 28, 2019 18:00 - 19:30

Mackenzie Building Room 4359, Carleton University

Paid parking available on campus


The seminar deals with the design of smart homes that are capable of monitoring the health and wellbeing of their occupants with a focus on the independent living of seniors. Keeping seniors active in their own homes longer improves their quality of life, cognition, and mobility.

Ambient-based sensors with the appropriate data analytics are used to extract useful clinical information about home occupants. The system could also detect early signs of health deterioration, leading to better medical outcomes and healthy aging.

The seminar will briefly describe the use of microphone arrays, electronic noses, temperature sensors and wifi to monitors activities of daily living. It will focus on a bed-based pressure-sensitive mat that can monitor breathing, bed exit characteristics, and weight distribution of bed occupants. The objective of this research is the early detection of some health conditions such sleep apnea, sleep quality problems, instability and congestive heart failure.

The seminar will also address context aware data fusion and sensor modality substitution. The work was funded by the AGE-WELL NCE and is done is close collaboration with Dr. Frank Knoefel from Bruyere Continuing Care and the Bruyere Research Institute.


Dr. Rafik Goubran is Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University. Prior to this appointment, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design from 2006 to 2016. Dr. Goubran is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has led many research projects in the area of sensors and data analytics related to audio signal processing and biomedical engineering. In particular, he led a large project on the design of smart home for the independent living of seniors. Dr. Goubran has completed the co-supervision of 21 Ph.D. and 69 Masters students. Since 2004, he has co-authored 10 patents, 43 refereed journal papers and 180 conference papers.

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