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Wearable Sensors and Systems with CVD Applications


The significant advances we have witnessed in semiconductor technology in past several decades has driven remarkable innovations in information and communications systems that seemed to be science fiction in the late twentieth century. Now, more recently in the past couple of decades, advances in semiconductor technologies are driving innovations in low-cost, user-friendly smart wearable sensors and systems to manage health. This is especially important in the realm of remote, personalized patient care that is recently catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first part of this presentation, we will discuss the symptoms and diagnoses of common cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy, and the gaps in our understanding from the clinical perspective. In the second part, we will discuss the important role of wearable sensors and systems in monitoring CVDs. We will introduce the key enabling technologies for sensors, low-power data processing and communications, and data analysis to create smart wearable sensors and systems used to manage health, with a focus on the heart and CVDs.


Jamal Deen is a Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, McMaster University. His research interests are nano-/opto-electronics, nanotechnology, data analytics and their applications to health and environmental sciences. His research record includes more than 645 peer-reviewed articles (~20% are invited), two textbooks, 6 awarded patents extensively used in industry, and 21 best paper/poster/ presentation awards. As an undergraduate, he was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, winning the Chancellor’s gold medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Electron Devices Society for more than 15 years. His awards and honours include the Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS); a Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC); the McNaughton Gold Medal, Fessenden Medal and Ham Education Medal, all from IEEE Canada. He was also awarded four honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, exemplary professionalism and valued services. He is elected by his peers to Fellow status in twelve national academies and professional societies including RSC, Chinese Academy of Sciences, IEEE, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Physical Society. Recently, he was appointed to the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honor in Canada. He served as the elected President of the Academy of Science, RSC from 2015 to 2017.

Jamal DEEN

FIEEE, FRSC, FCAE, McMaster University

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