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Unobtrusive Smart Sensing and Pervasive Computing for Healthcare: Cardio-respiratory and Physical Therapy Assessment

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Dr. Octavian Postolache

Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Assistant Professor, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa/ ISCTE-IUL Lisbon

August 9, 2017 11:00 - 13:00

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, Room STE5084, University of Ottawa

Co-sponsored by IEEE IMS and IEEE EMBS Ottawa Chapters


The ageing phenomena requires the development in the near future of new systems and services that will provide healthcare quality with costs optimization. In this context the lecture will present a set of unobtrusive sensing solutions for health status and daily activity monitoring of elderly people or patients under physical rehabilitation process. Vital signals acquisition and processing by sensing modules embedded in clothes and/or accessories and instrumented walking aid equipment will be part of the presentation. The strength and drawbacks of different solutions for cardiac and respiratory assessment will be discussed special attention will be granted to the ballistocardiography and radar ballistocardiography implementations but also to other sensing solutions cardiac assessment.

Motor activity monitoring for normal users but also for users under physical rehabilitation represent an important field of research. Novel solutions for motions assessment based on microwave radar motion sensor, MEMS inertial sensors associated with walking aids used in gait rehabilitation process for objective evaluation of applied rehabilitation plan will be presented together appropriate signal processing techniques. Elements of the electronic health record as so as the interaction between user and the mixed reality scenarios developed for physical therapy are also included in the talk. Unobtrusive sensing solution integration with virtual reality serious games for physical rehabilitation will be considered as so as several elements concerning the usage of thermography to evaluate the physical rehabilitation sessions effectiveness.


Prof. Dr. Octavian Adrian Postolache (M'99, SM'2006) graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania, in 1992 and he received the PhD degree in 1999 from the same university, and university habilitation in 2016 from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. In the period 1992-2000 he served as assistant professor at Technical University of Iasi. In 2000 he became principal researcher of Instituto de Telecomunicações where he is now Senior Researcher. He served as invited professor at EST/IPS Setubal, Portugal between 2001 and 2012 when he joined Instituto Universitario de Lisboa/ ISCTE-IUL Lisbon where he is currently A. Professor. His fields of interests are smart sensors for biomedical and environmental applications, pervasive sensing and computing, wireless sensor networks, signal processing with application in biomedical and telecommunications, non-destructive testing and diagnosis based on eddy currents smart sensors, computational intelligence with application in automated measurement systems. He was principal researcher of different projects including EHR-Physio regarding the implementation of Electronic Health Records for Physiotherapy and he is currently principal researcher of TailorPhy project Smart Sensors and Tailored Environments for Physiotheraphy.He served as technical principal researcher in projects such Crack Project related non-destructive testing of conductive materials. He is vice-director of Instituto de Telecomunicações/ISCTE-IUL delegation, director of PhD program Science and Communication Technologies at ISCTE-IUL, and he was leader of several collaboration projects between the Instituto de Telecomunicações and the industry such as Home TeleCare project with Portuguese Telecommunication Agency for Innovation (PT Inovação), Integrated Spectrum Monitoring project with National Communication Agency (ANACOM). He is active member of national and international research teams involved in Portuguese and EU and International projects. Dr. Postolache is author and co-author of 10 patents, 10 books, 18 book chapters, 320 papers in international journals proceedings of international conference with peer review,. He is IEEE Senior Member I&M Society, Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IMS with more than DLP actions, chair of IEEE I&MSTC-13 Wireless and Telecommunications in Measurements, member of IEEE I&M TC-17, IEEE I&M TC-18, IEEE I&MS TC-25, IEEE EMBS Portugal Chapter and chair of IEEE IMS Portugal Chapter. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal, and IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurements (2016-2017) guest editor of several special issues of Sensors MDPI. He was general chair of IEEE MeMeA 2014, and TPC chair of ICST 2014, Liverpool, ICST 2015 Aukland and ICST2017 Sydney. He received IEEE best reviewer and the best associate editor in 2011 and 2013 and other awards related to his research activity in the field of smart sensing for healthcare.

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