Several of the grand challenges in engineering for current and future societal needs require smart software coupled with sensing systems, examples being smart sensors, smart homes and smart software. In the health area, we will discuss some major healthcare issues related to aging and several examples of smart systems – sensors and smart homes. We will discuss the use of sensor systems to measure your walking signals and sleep quality, and their customization to an individual’s needs. Smart sensors are also used for a living diary and in a smart home server that functions as the “brain” of a smart medical home. In all these applications, smart software or artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are a key enabler for their user-friendly, accurate and cost-effective use. Further, the use of data analytics and AI is important to provide customizable information to the users based on data collected from a variety of sensors. In addition, we will discuss some of the trends and opportunities in smart sensors for healthcare. Finally, we will discuss some applications of smart sensors and data analytics, and what are some important research issues in sensors, home networks, autonomic systems and healthcare in the context of a futuristic smart medical home.
Dr. M. Jamal Deen, a distinguished figure in academia, holds fellowships in thirteen prestigious national academies and professional societies, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Notably, he is an elected member of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor in the country. Serving as the President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada from 2015 to 2017, Dr. Deen is currently the inaugural Vice President (North) of The World Academy of Sciences, representing developed countries. At McMaster University, he is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory.
As an accomplished educator, Dr. Deen has received prestigious accolades, such as the Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada, McMaster University President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, and MSU Macademics’ Lifetime Achievement Award. With a focus on nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, and data analytics, his research portfolio boasts over 900 peer-reviewed articles, two textbooks, and twelve awarded patents, with significant contributions to industry. Recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society for over two decades, he has received numerous awards, including the Callinan Award, Electronics and Photonics Award, Humboldt Research Award, and several from IEEE Canada, along with five honorary doctorate degrees.