Research

The BIAPT lab applies physiological signal processing techniques and assistive technology design principles to address the needs of non-communicative, dependent individuals and their care providers.  We aim to create technologies that interpret physiological signals of non-communicative individuals in ways that are meaningful to both lay and professional care providers; and to use these technologies to improve both quality of life and medical practices. These technologies may ameliorate the rising rates of burn out and abandonment in care providers, and address the significant financial cost associated with caring for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Currently active research projects in the BIAPT lab:

Mes émotions sont à fleur de peau. This interactive exhibit at the Montreal Science Center presents visitors with music generated by their autonomic nervous system as they watch a series of video clips.  We are collecting the physiological data associated with the visitor’s self-reported emotions, with the ultimate goal of generating a user-independent emotion classifier.  

EEG Advanced Processing Pipeline (EEGapp).  Advanced analysis techniques for EEG signals have yielded enormous insights into the neural correlates of consciousness and cognition, but require advanced signal processing skills and careful technical implementation.  The EEGapp is a MATLAB plugin that makes these techniques accessible to users.  

Interfacing biomusic and autism.  This three-day workshop, funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant, will explore the practical, aesthetic and ethical issues of integrating biomusic technology into the day-to-day lives of individuals with autism.  

Characterizing French semantic expectation. The N400 is an event-related potential that can be generated upon detection of a semantic incongruence.  This can be used to assess the level of comprehension of individuals who cannot communicate.  We are currently recruiting to develop a French language test for this purpose; please contact us if you are interested in participating!

Moving With and Tuning In: A participatory mixed methods study to foster social inclusion of individuals with dementia and their carers.  This series of projects will explore factors affecting the social inclusion and exclusion of individuals with dementia and their carers, and test the efficacy of two interventions on promoting social inclusion in this population.