PERFORM Colloquium: Hardware Design for Sports, Safety and Contactless ECG Monitoring
This talk will give an overview of past, present and future research and development activities of Dr. Cowan, his students and collaborators. This includes several final-year design projects ranging from a slip-detection system for outside workers to sensor-equipped canoe paddles and hockey pucks. Two NSERC-funded CRD projects, one investigating contactless ECG monitoring, the other developing smart sensors for ice hockey will be presented. Candidate projects for future interdisciplinary collaboration will also be identified.
The purpose of this talk is to demonstrate that:
- PERFORM research may be enhanced through custom hardware solutions.
- Successful collaboration can start with a capstone project.
- Electrical engineers need biomedical/biomechanical domain experts.
Glenn Cowan received the B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2001 and 2005, respectively, all in electrical engineering. During his graduate studies, he interned with Philips Research, Briarcliff Manor, NY, where he designed integrated circuits for imaging ultrasounds systems. In 2005, he joined the Communications Technology Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. His research activities included CMOS circuits for high-speed communications, design for manufacturability, and circuits for the measurement of process variability. In 2007, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada, where he is an Associate Professor. His current research activities include mixed-signal circuits for wired links, ECG recording, and sports technology.