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
The first Mobile App Development course targets participants that have basic experience in mobile app programming. The course, given by Dr. Hussein Al Osman at the University of Ottawa, is divided into four 3-hour modules: 1:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday Sep 28, 2017: Module 1 – Introduction to Android Recorded session 1:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday Oct 5, 2017: Module Read more about Mobile App Development Course[…]
CREATE-BEST is organizing a talk and discussion tailored for engineers and scientists with little medical background who are interested in working in the medical field. The title of the session is “Research Ethics and Healthcare” and will be given by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute guest speakers: Edward Lemaire, PhD Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Read more about Healthcare Research Ethics Session[…]
A short talk and discussion was given by guest speaker, Dr. Ali Pourshahid from Klipfolio. Talk title: How to architect cloud applications for scalability, performance, and resiliency When: 5:30pm on Wednesday October 4, 2017 Where: University of Ottawa, SITE (800 King Edward Ave.) room C0136 The talk focused on challenges of building software in the cloud Read more about “Design of Cloud Applications” by Klipfolio’s Director of Software Development[…]
Recognition and Classification of Aggressive Movements Using a SmartWatch A new research project is being done at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre (TOHRC) which involves developing a smartwatch app that can recognize aggressive movements. The project team is looking for participants to help with this study. As a participant in this study, you would perform Read more about Call for participation in a biomedical/mechanical masters research experience[…]
CREATE-BEST and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute (MDII) organized a research poster day on September 14, 2017. This was meant as an opportunity for students, researchers and industry in the area of eHealth, mHealth, well-being and medical devices to interact and to learn about each others with the hope of finding mutual interests to start Read more about MDII and CREATE-BEST Poster Day[…]
Dr. Octavian Postolache, Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IMS, will be giving a talk about Unobtrusive Smart Sensing and Pervasive Computing for Healthcare. Dr. Postolache received the PhD degree in 1999 from the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, and university habilitation in 2016 from Read more about Talk: Smart Sensing and Pervasive Computing for Healthcare[…]
The University of Ottawa’s Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Ali Abbas is organizing a conference on Biomedical Engineering Research and Innovation. Graduate students will be presenting their research and projects in a conference fashion where everyone is welcome! The conference will take place on: When: Sunday August 6th, 2017 (12:00pm to 6:00pm) Where: University of Ottawa, SITE Read more about uOttawa Conference on Biomedical Engineering Research and Innovation[…]
Dr. Kevin Englehart, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Biomedical Engineering Institute at the University of New Brunswick, will be visiting Carleton University in Ottawa to give a talk on EMG Control of Powered Prostheses: State-of-the-Art and Clinical Challenges. Dr. Englehart is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He Read more about Talk: EMG Control of Powered Prostheses[…]
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 Talk: “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[…]