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Abstract

A human body comprises of several physiological systems that carry out specific functions necessary for daily living. Traumatic injuries, diseases and aging negatively impact human functions, which can cause a decreased quality of life and many other socio-economical and medical issues. Accurate models of human functions are needed to propose interventions and treatments that can restore deteriorated human functions. Therefore, our research aims to develop novel data analytics and instrumentation approaches that can accurately assess swallowing and gait functional losses due to aging and neurological disorders. More than 30 million of Americans will have some sort of swallowing and/or gait issues in the near future. The current-state-of-art approaches do not provide reliable answers how to properly assess and manage these functional losses in daily lives. This is a critical issue, as health costs associated with swallowing and gait functional losses outpace other aging-related health issues. In this talk, I will present our recent contributions dealing with both engineering and clinical aspects of our work aimed at addressing current knowledge gaps. Lastly, I will also present our future research goals and our strategy to achieve these goals.

Biography

Dr. Ervin Sejdić received B.E.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada in 2002 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto with a cross-appointment at Bloorview Kids Rehab, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital.  From 2010 until 2011, he was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School with a cross-appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From his earliest exposure to research, he has been eager to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge through carefully executed experiments and ground-breaking published work. This has resulted in co-authoring over 130 publications. In February 2016, President Obama named Dr. Sejdić as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2017, Dr. Sejdić was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2018, I was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sejdić’s passion for discovery and innovation drives his constant endeavors to connect advances in engineering to society’s most challenging problems. Hence, his research interests include biomedical signal processing, gait analysis, swallowing difficulties, advanced information systems in medicine, rehabilitation engineering, assistive technologies and anticipatory medical devices.

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