Advanced graduate one-semester courses

  • BIOM5101/BMG5104 – Biological Signals: physiological data collection, filtering, analysis, visualization. Developed and taught by Dr. Adrian Chan (Carleton)

  • BIOM5405/BMG5305 – Pattern classification and experiment design: creating data-driven analytics. Developed and taught by Dr. James Green (Carleton)

  • The following courses may also be considered:
    • BIOM5100/BMG5103 – Biomedical Instrumentation
    • BIOM5106/BMG5109 – Advanced Topics in Medical Instrumentation − Sensory Systems and Signal Processing
    • BMG5111 – Advanced Topics in Medical Informatics and Telemedicine: Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnosis
    • BIOM5200/BMG5105 – Biomedical Image Processing
    • BIOM5202/BMG5107 – Applications in Biomedical Image Processing
    • BIOM5301/BMG5301 – Biomechanics of Skeletal System, Motion and Tissue
    • BIOM5315/BMG5315 – Biorobotics
    • BIOM5401/BMG5318 – Health Care Engineering
    • BIOM5403/BMG5111 – Advanced Topics in Medical Informatics and Telemedicine − M-health, E-health and telemedicine

CREATE-BEST students are required to complete two of the above courses. Other advanced courses  in biomedical engineering may also be considered. Please contact us if you have questions about possible alternatives.

Short courses on software development for mobile apps

Basic experience in mobile app development

  • Students from non-programming backgrounds (e.g. mechanical engineering students)
  • Topics include introduction to app development, sensors and bluetooth, camera and image processing, on-phone databases

Advanced experience in mobile app development

  • Students with advanced programming experience (e.g. students with degrees in software engineering or a related discipline) or completion of the basic-experience course
  • Topics include interacting with external databases/cloud, advanced graphics and gamification, quality assurance (version control, testing, bug tracking)

Immersion in the user environment via job shadowing

One or two-day periods shadowing a healthcare professional in medicine, nursing, therapy, dentistry, or other health-related discipline to better understand the healthcare environment and the potential benefits of novel mHealth apps. Out-of-town job shadowing experiences are limited to one day

Pitch–an–App contest

This one-day event provides an opportunity for students propose ideas for new mHealth applications. This portion is organized as an elevator-pitch contest, thereby helping students develop skills for providing brief and relevant communications of key ideas, in particular to multidisciplinary or non-technical audiences. Feedback will be provided by academic, industry, and healthcare experts. The best ideas may be chosen for future development as a thesis or in other CREATE-BEST activities.

User interface workshops

These workshop are delivered by industry experts on user interface design, universal design, human factors, and usability.

Design Sprint

A design sprint is “structured brainstorm based on design thinking and agile development”. Over five days, teams will:

  • Understand: The team shares quick 5 minute presentations on business goals, technology capability, user needs.
  • Define: Start to develop a focus and strategy by defining the central journey for the end-users.
  • Diverge: This phase encourages the team to generate as many ideas as possible before they commit to the best option. In this stage, everyone is encouraged to work individually to sketch ideas.
  • Decide: The team reviews all the ideas from the Diverge phase and vote for the best options. The team can then choose 1-3 ideas to prototype and test.
  • Prototype: Rapid prototyping allows you to test out your ideas without investing excessive time, money, or resources. Thereby, you will know earlier what aspects of your ideas fail and which have potential.
  • Validate: This final phase aims to answer the hardest question in design: “Is this idea any good?”. The team should invite potential users to test their ideas while they watch and take notes as these people interact with the prototype.

Ethics and Regulatory workshops

These workshops introduce the students to health ethics principles and requirements, thereby preparing the students for future evaluation of  their mHealth developments with patients and healthcare consumers. The regulatory systems topic will be presented by academic and industry experts with experience navigating regulatory approval processes (Health Canada, FDA, CE, etc.) around the world.

Entrepreneurship training

Workshops by uOttawa’s NSERC Chair in Engineering Entrepreneurial Design, Dr. Hanan Anis, include a bootcamp entrepreneurship weekend program that connects students across all faculties to encourage and promote entrepreneurship regardless of discipline of study, with prizes for best team-based pitch; a full semester graduate course ‘Introduction to Technological Entrepreneurship’, and other entrepreneurship learning opportunities. Students can also access the Startup Garage program at uOttawa, Lead to Win program at Carleton University, or Startup Launchpad program at McGill.

More details about entrepreneurship training and how you can apply can be found here.

4-6 month internships

Three categories of student internships are possible:

  1. Industrial internship where students are employed and paid by a company.
  2. Entrepreneurial internship where students with an entrepreneurial spirit can advance their own startup while being paid through the CREATE program. Students start the internship with an idea and drive the idea into a business.
  3. Blended internship where students interested in entrepreneurship can work for a startup.

Some internships will be partially supported through the MITACS or Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) programs.

Research day

CREATE-BEST students will participate in a research day event to showcase their ideas and research, and further develop their technical communication skills. In addition to CREATE-BEST research day, students are encouraged to participate in other research events such as the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Annual Research Day.


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