Dr. Chris Herdman, Principal Investigator, provides Leadership and Oversight on all aspects of the SENSE-MD project. Dr. Herdman has 35+ years of experience researching human performance in complex environments, including advanced vehicle/aircraft. Moreover, his contributions include extensive experience with interdisciplinary large-scale projects receiving more than $50M in funding.
Dr. Jocelyn Keillor, NRC Principal Investigator, contributes Leadership, Research Design, and Human Factors Evaluation (HFE) expertise. She has 25 years’ experience leading vehicle/aviation human factors projects. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals who live with memory disorders and healthy aging (Fellowship in Neuropsychology).
Dr. Bruce Wallace, Research Team, contributes to the SENSE-MD Sensor and AI Systems Design, Data Analytics, and Driving Assessment deliverables. He is Executive Director of the AGE-WELL SAM3 National Innovation Hub. His research expertise includes extensive analysis of the CanDrive dataset to understand older driver behaviours. This research has led to over 20 refereed publications. His expertise in signal process and data analytics will be applied to the analysis of the driving datasets, simulation and in-vehicle data leading to the development of the AI techniques to assess well-being of older adults.
Dr. Kathleen Van Benthem, Research Team, contributes to the SENSE-MD Research Design, Data Modeling, Mature Driver Assessment and Project Management deliverables. Dr. Van Benthem’s unique contributions to this initiation are her clinical, research, and policy development expertise in older driver safety. She also contributes her experience in designing human factors experimental protocols that include high-fidelity simulators. Her expertise will support all activities, and the related milestones. Moreover, Dr. Van Benthem has supervised numerous graduate students. She also has a publication history pertaining to the effects of age and cognitive factors on complex task performance and has worked with numerous interdisciplinary health teams on federally funded initiatives.
Dr. Frank Knoefel, Collaborator, Physician, contributes expertise regarding the assessment of older adults as this pertains to cognitive decline and driving abilities. He is a practising physician at the Bruyère Memory Program and Senior Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute. Every week, he assesses driving ability in older adults with cognitive decline and has extensive skills in the assessment of aging adults behaviour through applications of sensor technology within the home and vehicle.
Dr. Shawn Marshall, Collaborator, Physician, contributes expertise regarding assessment of cognitive- and aging-related illness. He is Department Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Bruyère. Moreover, he was the PI for the CIHR Team for Older Driver Research: CanDrive Prospective Older Driver study which included an international research team of health-care professionals dedicated to improving safety and promoting the rights of safe older drivers. Dr. Marshall also has expertise in the clinical assessments that can be indicative of driving risk.
Carleton University supports the engineering and data processing requirements of the project. The Carleton University Faculty of Engineering has strong technical expertise in signal processing, sensor systems, and machine learning for assessment of aging adults within the AGE-WELL SAM3 Laboratory. Additionally, the Carleton Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab) has expertise in driving simulators and experimental protocol development related to human factors. The SAM3 and ACE Lab will therefore provide technical consultation as well as graduate student supervision and research collaboration.
Bruyère provides specialized care for aging adults through its Geriatric Day Hospital, the Bruyère Memory Program, Stroke and Physical Rehabilitation services. These care programs are all focused on enabling independence for aging adults. Bruyère Research Institute researchers will provide medical expertise. Together the results of the program will be used within future care models.