What is CREATE-BEST?
The NSERC CREATE funded “Biomedical Engineering Smartphone Training” program (CREATE-BEST) provides professional training and practical employment-ready skills to engineering graduate students to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace and enable innovation. mHealth is the practice of clinical healthcare and public health supported by mobile devices, which includes mobile device applications for collecting community and clinical health data; healthcare information delivery to practitioners, researchers, and patients; real-time patient monitoring; and direct provision of care via mobile technology.
The potential types of mHealth applications are wide ranging, from digital epidemiology to monitoring patient gait. With proper design, the app becomes an information and communication bridge that serves to close the gap between the home and the clinic, granting more freedom to patients, lower costs to the healthcare system, and gapless health monitoring for clinicians.
Three universities collaborate in CREATE-BEST.
Who can join us?
Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, and Post-Doctoral Fellows in Engineering, Computer Science, Science, or health related disciplines can join CREATE-BEST.
How long is the training period?
MSc students: 2 years
PhD students: 4 years
Post-Doctoral Fellows: 2 years
Interested in participating in the program?
Create mHealth smartphone apps from A to Z.
Design and implement validation methods that conform with healthcare ethics boards.
Identify a commercialization pathway to bring a mHealth app to the appropriate market.
Share your results and ideas with multidisciplinary audiences, researchers, industry, patients and end-users, etc.
The CREATE-BEST program enhances graduate student training by providing employment ready skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace. The program provides essential learning opportunities for app creation, oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork, ethics, regulatory systems, project management and adaptability, entrepreneurship, clinical experiences, and industry internship opportunities.
For example, job shadowing placements immerse the student in the user environment, thereby strengthening a student's understanding of "real world" clinical environments and mHealth needs as they work with healthcare professionals and observe interactions with their patients.
The Pitch-an-App event enables students to strengthen their communication skills as they identify and articulate key messages to an audience of experts, industry, multidisciplinary clinicians, and non-specialists.
The Design Sprint hones the student's ability for team work, project management, and adapting app designs to end-user needs (based on knowledge gained while job-shadowing).
Traditional internships further a student's understanding of the work-place, technical skill requirements, team work, and interpersonal skills required for success.
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Mathematical modeling and methods
Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Biomedical signal quality analysis
- Signal processing methods
- Biomedical monitoring
- Accessibility and disability
Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Bioinformatics, proteomics, and prediction of protein structure, function, interaction, and post-translational modification
- Machine intelligence, pattern classification, data mining
- Development of novel assistive technology and devices
Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering
- Biomedical measurements and instrumentation
- Reconfigurable embedded systems
- Smart sensors networks
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Technologies to enhance mobility for people with physical disabilities
- Wearable technologies to improve mobility assessment and outcome measurement
- Biomechanical investigation of pathological human movement
Professor at the School Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Model-driven data integration and mobile app development to support business processes and performance management.
- Decision support, quality assurance and privacy, service oriented architecture, cloud computing, complex event processing
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and University Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications
- Service-oriented architectures
- Collaborative environments
- Ambient interactive media and communications
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and CIHR Applied Public Health Chair eHealth Interventions
- Informatics of public health surveillance
- Detecting disease cases automatically from electronic health records
- Detecting epidemics rapidly from multiple data streams
Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
- Identifying modifiable determinants of adverse events and improved health outcomes
- Developing and evaluating computer-enabled interventions to address these determinants
- Developing and evaluating novel surveillance systems
Hussein Al Osman
Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Affective Computing
- Human Computer Interaction
- Serious Games
- Multimedia Systems
Learn more about the program.
News & Events
Dr. Will Dixon, the Principal Investigator of a UK study called “Cloudy with a Chance of Pain” gave a seminar on June 8 at 2pm at the McIntyre Medical Building, Osler Library, 3rd Floor, Room 131A. Cloudy with a Chance of Pain is a national smartphone study in the UK investigating the age-old belief that weather Read more about “Cloudy with a Chance of Pain” – a national study[…]
As part of the CREATE-BEST program, some of the great ideas that were pitched in the Pitch-an-App contest back in March were chosen to advance into the development phase. The Design Sprint took place on the week of May 15, 2017. Each group included the idea owner(s) in addition to student volunteers that were chosen to Read more about Design Sprint[…]
The second Mobile App Development course targeted participants that have some experience in mobile app programming, and was given by Dr. Miguel Garzón at the University of Ottawa. It covered more advanced and interesting topics including cloud databases, version control and git, 2D animation, and iOS development. The course was divided into four modules: Module 1 – 6:00 pm – Read more about Mobile App Development Course II[…]
CREATE-BEST, MDII, & MDCC organized a workshop presenting a high level view of the Medical Devices product regulatory classification and a high level view of the registration process, for Canada, Europe and USA. This seminar presented how to build the documentation of the design and development process and meet the regulators expectations of the “Design Control” Read more about Commercializing Scientific/Engineering Information[…]
CREATE-BEST organized a talk and discussion tailored for engineers and scientists with minimal medical background interested in working in the medical field. The title of the session was “Research Ethics and Healthcare” and was given by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute guest speakers: Edward Lemaire, PhD Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Senior Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Read more about Healthcare Research Ethics Session[…]
A short talk and discussion was given by industry guest speaker and uOttawa alumni Dr. Ali Pourshahid titled “Continuous Delivery – Getting to one release a day and more”. Ali Pourshahid, Director of Software Development at local startup success Klipfolio, providers of cloud dashboard software that lets teams continuously monitor the health and performance of their Read more about Talk by Klipfolio Director of Software Development[…]
Do you have an mHealth (mobile health) app idea that you’d like to share? Then this contest is for you! You’ll have a chance to pitch your idea to experienced judges, win a prize, and possibly take your idea to the next level! This event’s goal is to fill a room with people from different backgrounds, with Read more about Pitch-an-App Contest[…]
Startup Weekend enabled entrepreneurs and business-passionate individuals to gather in one place for inspiration and ideas sharing. The third successful Startup Weekend took place at uOttawa’s Morrist Library over the weekend of November 18, 2016. This edition of Startup Weekend focused on current uOttawa students, and recent graduates. The goal of this event is to connect students Read more about Startup Weekend[…]
A mobile app development course was given by Dr. Hussein Al Osman at the University of Ottawa. Participants of basic experience in mobile app programming took advantage of this course which was divided into four 3-hour modules: Thursday Nov 10, 2016: Module 1 – Basic Intro Thursday Nov 17, 2016: Module 2 – Sensors + Bluetooth (watch Read more about Mobile Appl Development Course[…]
Participants can join us in a research day event to showcase their research and further develop their technical communication skills. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) day will feature more than 100 posters and 16 presentations from trainees, which is a great opportunity for communication and networking amongst medical professionals, researchers, and trainees. More details on Read more about Ottawa Hospital Research Day 2016[…]