Enabling technologies for health care and augmented life

A key driver for uOttawa Engineering researchers is the potential to improve people’s lives. Along with key research partners at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health Sciences, our faculty brings a multi-disciplinary approach to making life better.

From new technologies to monitor your health to new materials that can help enhance your mobility, you can trust that our uOttawa experts have your health at heart.

Areas of research

  • Biofeedback and wellbeing
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Health informatics
  • Business processes and performance management for health care
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Biosensors, instrumentation and devices
  • Data mining and public health

Developing biomaterials to change the course of arthritis

Approximately 6 million Canadians live with arthritis, a group of debilitating diseases that causes the degradation of cartilage over time. Articular cartilage is essential as it covers the surfaces of bones in our joints, allowing the joints to move smoothly and painlessly. As a result of the destruction of cartilage, people with arthritis often suffer from considerable pain and decreased mobility — and there is currently no cure for the most common form of the disease.

Smart tech for a better life

Professor El Saddik with an IoT glove

Dr. El Saddik and MDI2’s team have a broad focus on medical device usage in healthcare delivery and knowledge creation. That applies to any device, material or application used in medical rehabilitation, treatment, prevention or diagnosis.

By tinkering with technologies like sensors, actuators, deep learning, wearable, haptics and social media, MDI2 and its partners are creating the next generation of smart wellbeing and health systems. It’s all about rising to the big data challenge posed by digital transformation and the Internet of Things.

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