Past stories of interest to the lab:
Submissions to RESNA is now open
Sept. 20, 2011
RESNA's call for Workshop,Instructional Course, Scientific and Student Scientific proposals is now open. Visit RESNA's website for submission details and deadlines.
Sept. 7, 2011
IATSL has just authored a book introducing the concept of zero-effort technologies (ZETs) - technologies which require little or no effort on the part of the user to accomplish their intended goals. To learn more about ZETs, visit the publisher's website to read the abstract and to pick up your very own copy!
IATSL is Hiring a Research Assistant!
June 30, 2011
This position is now filled - thank you to everyone for their interest!
IATSL's research showcased in innovative gallery at TRI
Congratulations to Babak Taati, recipient of the MITACS fellowship!
December 1, 2010
MITACS NCE Strategic Project has awarded Babak Taati of IATSL with an NCE Strategic Post-doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship will support a mobility neuro-rehabilitation research project aimed at post-stroke recovery.
IATSL Co-authors Paper with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
August 26, 2010
IATSL and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario have developed the discussion paper "Sensors and In-Home Collection of Health Data: A Privacy by Design Approach". This paper investigates the merits of addressing security and privacy during the development of devices intended to support in-home healthcare.
Call for Papers on Sensing Technologies for Biomechatronics
April 23, 2010
IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics is publishing a Focused Section on Sensing Technologies for Biomechatronics, which will be dedicated to the new advances in modeling, design, fabrication, analysis, implementation, and validation of such sensors and related technologies for biomedical applications. Paper submission deadline is Nov. 1, 2010.
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April 12, 2010
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Visit us at MARS' Business of Aging Event
December 1-2, 2009
IATSL will be presenting the fall detection and emergency response device and other research at MARS's Business of Aging event.
Aging-in-place Projects in the News
October 20, 2009
COACH Paper in the Top 10 Most Accessed
October 12, 2009
The article "The COACH prompting system to assist older adults with dementia through handwashing: An efficacy study" published in BMC Geriatrics is among the top 10 most viewed articles this year!
IATSL's Vicky Young Recipient of Engineering Scholarship
August , 2009
Congratulations to Vicky Young, recipient of the Engineers Canada - TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and the HCTP fellowship scholarships! The award recognises "...excellence in the Canadian engineering profession and to support advanced studies and research" for her work with automated speech recognition for older adults.
Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Associate Professor!
July 1, 2009
A big and well-deserved congratulations to Alex for becoming a fully tenured Professor at the University of Toronto!
Research on Automated Stair Safety Analysis Tool Presented at ICVSS
IATSL's research on the automated falls detection system was well received at the third International Computer Vision Summer School (ICVSS).
Poster presented at ICVSS - click to enlarge
Fall Detection System Patented
IATSL's first patent has been filed for the fall detection and emergency response system.
IATSL Recipient of CIHR
February 2, 2009
IATSL has just become the recipient of a CIHR Operating Grant. The funds will be used to move the COACH system out of the lab and into a real home environment. We will be examining the impact of the system on informal caregivers as well as its performance regarding guidance of people with dementia through activities of daily living.
January 29, 2009
The efficacy of the COACH prompting system to assist older adults with dementia through activities of daily living: An intervention study makes front page as a featured article in the current edition of BMC Geriatrics!
September 2, 2008
IATSL's research was the topic of the first article in the Toronto Star's special series on "Innovators".
Familiarity study well received at ICAD
August 8, 2008
The preliminary results of IATSL's RERC study examining the impact of familiarity on faucet use by older adults with different degrees of dementia (none, mild and moderate) was presented to the ICAD conference. The second half of this study, which includes older adults with severe dementia, is currently underway.
IATSL listed in AAAI
May 20, 2008
IATSL was listed by AAAI's AI Topics (defined by AAAI as "a dynamic library of introductory information about Artificial Intelligence") as a good place to start learning about Assistive Technology! Explore AAAI's very useful resource to AI-based Assistive Technology...
COACH wins advanced vision project award
January 16, 2008
"Thank you" to the Baker Centre!
November 23, 2007
The end of October marked the completion of the RERC clinical trials at the Harold & Grace Baker Centre. Completion of the trials was celebrated with speeches, awards and of course cake. It was all smiles as Alex, Kate, Jen and Tammy presented the certificates of participation to all the subjects, who partook in the hand washing clinical trials. A big thank you to everyone at the Baker Centre!
The end of trials celebratory party at the Baker Centre
Winner of the Best Poster Award
November 15, 2007
IATSL's doctoral candidate Stefanie Blain won the award for best poster at U of T's Rehabilitation Sciences Research Day for her work with preference elicitation for locked-in kids. Congratulations Stef!
News from across the pond...
April 14, 2007
A great paper!
March 26, 2007
A recent paper presented by Jesse Hoey at the 5th International Conference on Computer Vision Systems Conference in Bielefeld, Germany, "Assisting persons with dementia during handwashing using a partially observable Markov decision process", was the winner of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Best Paper Award. Congratulations to the authors!
IATSL demos COACH at CAST
March 21, 2007
Lab mates Axel von Bertoldi and Jennifer Boger had a great time at the 2007 CAST conference in Washington D.C. where they met other researchers in the field of high-tech assistive technology and presented IATSL's research, including a life size demo of the COACH.
Jen and Axel present COACH to a CAST 2007 attendee
Noticing dynamic taillights
March 23, 2007
Research done by IATSL's postdoc Zhonghai Li into the design of more noticeable, safer taillights has been drawing attention. Read more about Zhonghai's taillight research in The Daily Telegraph, the Discovery Channel, and the New Scientist.
Jasper's been profiled
February 21, 2007
Jasper Snoek, a masters student in the lab, was chosen by the Department of Computer Science at U of T as an exemplary and revolutionary graduate student in the department. Read what he had to say about his experience in CS at U of T...
IATSL's on CTV
December 6, 2006
IATSL was pleased to have some of our home monitoring and response technology showcased on CTV's Canada AM - Canadians on the Cutting Edge.
2nd Annual TRI Research Day
November 29, 2006
IATSL's own Paul Lam and Patricia Kan presented their research poster on The Development of an Intelligent Haptic Upper-Limb Stroke Rehabilitation Device at the 2nd annual TRI Research Day. They also had an unforgettable Mad Minute presentation!
Patricia and Paul beside their poster (click on the image to read the poster)
Best Poster Award
August 21 , 2006
Jennifer Chung, a former U of T Engineering Science student and now in her first year of medicine at Queen's University, has been working on the Autism Emulation Project since 2005. Jenn won the best poster award at the University of Toronto's Engineering Science Research Day for her poster. Congrats Jenn!
IATSL has a new Postdoc
September 26 , 2006
IATSL welcomes Zhonghai Li as our new Postdoctoral Fellow! Amongst his academic pursuits, Zhonghai will assist in research on the Impact of Familiarity and Design on Product Use. Welcome aboard Zhonghai!
CanestaVision Phase II Winners!!
November 8, 2005
IATSL is the official grand prize winner in Canesta Inc.'s CanestaVision contest! The goal was to apply their 3-D, infrared sensor to a real-world application. Read more about the contest in the CanestaVision Contest Press release or visit the Canesta website. You can also view IATSL's award-winning video (right-click on link and choose "Save Link As..." to view video) and learn more about the project and our other Wheelchair Obstacle Avoidance research.
IATSL's Out to Lunch
Sept. 30, 2005
Some of the IATSL group went out for lunch at the Village Idiot to celebrate their newest alumni. Congratulations to Tony (M.Sc.) and Melinda (M.Sc.)!
Melinda and Tony Have Defended!
Sept. 9, 2005
Melinda had a successful defence today, joining Tony as Masters of our lab alumni. Congratulations!
CanestaVision Contest - Phase II
August 29, 2005
June 7 - Lorisa Dubuc, a PhD student from Computer Science at Cambridge in England, presented her research to the IATSL group. She is doing research work on what constitutes obstacles in conversation for people with dementia and the opportunities that are present for technology to play a role in augmenting conversation.
March - The IATSL Lab has moved! We are now located in a new 650 square foot facility on the 4th floor at 500 University Avenue (room 438). The additional design and testing space provides us with facilities to develop cutting-edge technologies, as well as the ability to create mock-ups of different types of test environments.
February, 2005 - IATSL is one of ten groups to win Phase I of the CanestaVision contest. For Phase II, we will investigate the use of a Canesta infrared sensor in an automatic anti-collision system for powered wheelchairs. Learn more about IATSL's work on Wheelchair Collision Avoidance.