Thursday 19 Oct 2017Smart Sensors and IoT - Research, Trends and Opportunities

Prof. M. Jamal Deen - McMaster University

LSI Seminar Room A 15:30-16:30


Several of the grand challenges in engineering for current and future societal needs require smart sensors and possibly Internet-of-Things (IoTs). For example, in the health area, smart sensing systems with internet connectivity are required for screening, diagnostics and monitoring of a variety of diseases and illnesses for the health of well-being of individuals. Using these screening, diagnostics and monitoring systems, it will be feasible to catch diseases in their very early stages, which in turn will significantly impact treatment and outcomes. In the health area, we will discuss major healthcare issues related to aging, and several examples of smart sensor systems. These sensor systems will be for determining walking signals, sleep management and customization to an individual’s needs, a living diary, a smart home server that serves as the “brain” of a smart medical home, the architecture of a smart medical home, and an example of a smart medical apartment we have developed. We will also discuss some E-health collaborative projects for measuring blood oxygenation level, remote temperature monitoring, and long-term blood glucose measurements. In the final part of the presentation, we will discuss what are the trends and opportunities in smart sensors and IoTs. This will include various high-impact applications of smart sensors, the pervasiveness of smart phones and their feasible applications in sensing and monitoring, what are some healthcare market drivers, the growing demand for personal health and wellness monitoring systems, IoTs, and wearable technologies. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the applications of smart sensors and IoT in a futuristic healthcare smart home, and what are some important research issues in sensors, home networks, autonomic systems and healthcare in the context of a smart medical home.



Dr. M. Jamal Deen is Distinguished University Professor, Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory, McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes more than 550 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited and with an h-index of 54), two textbooks on “Silicon Photonics- Fundamentals and Devices” and” Fiber Optic Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”, 12 awarded patents of which 6 were extensively used in industry, and 17 best paper/poster/presentation awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty-five awards and honors.



As an undergraduate student at the University of Guyana, Dr. Deen 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 Electron Device Society for more than a decade. His awards and honors include the Callinan Award as well as the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers), the Fessenden Medal and the Ham Education Medal, all from IEEE Canada IEEE Canada In addition, he was awarded the four honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, professionalism and service. Dr. Deen has also been elected Fellow status in ten national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (the highest honor for academics, scholars and artists in Canada), IEEE, APS (American Physical Society) and ECS (Electrochemical Society). Currently, he is serving as the elected President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada.


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