Event Name Seminar by Prof. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay on Are Technology Assisted Homes Safer for the Elderly?
Start Date 4th Mar 2013 11:00am
End Date 4th Mar 2013 12:00pm
Duration 1 hour
Description Date:  4th march 2012  (Monday)

Time: 11.00am – 12.00 pm

Seminar by  Prof. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Massey University, New Zealand.

Location: Browns Theatre, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Title: Are Technology Assisted Homes Safer for the Elderly?


The age span of elder people is increasing and this trend may continue for another two decades. They wish to stay as independently as possible and are keen on fulfilling lives, but self-regulating way of life involve with risks, such as weakening of memory loss or impaired judgment and falls that limit mobility. In particular, the daily home activity involving basic functions like preparing breakfast or food, showering, walking, sleeping, watching television, reading books etc., is a key indicator in determining the performance of elder home activity. The initial decline or change in home monitoring daily activities can ascertain the health and functional abilities of the elder person for the near future activities. With the advancement of technology today, there is a better way for the elder people living alone to be monitored for daily basic activities. A intelligent, robust, less cost, flexible and real time home monitoring unit has been developed to record the basic home activities and respond immediately when there is a change in the regular daily activity of the elder person. It is always good to use more number of sensors for monitoring all the activities of the elder, but the cost of the system and complexity increases tremendously with the increased number of sensors. This has motivated us to design and develop a sensor based home monitoring technology with certain required number of sensors which can detect the basic activities of the home appliances in use at the same time without any ambiguity. The developed system uses on-line data acquisition, generating activity pattern and trigger for decline or abnormal situation based on multi-level check on the knowledge base. The developed intelligent technology has reduced number of false warning. Wellness functions have been defined to indicate the level of healthiness of the person.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay is a Professor of Sensing Technology with the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Sensors Council. He graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India with a Gold medal and received the Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He has PhD (Eng.) degree from Jadavpur University, India and Doctor of Engineering degree from Kanazawa University, Japan. His fields of interest include Sensors and Sensing Technology, Wireless Sensor Network, Electromagnetics, control, electrical machines and numerical field calculation. He has authored/co-authored over 260 papers in different international journals, conferences and book chapter. He has edited nine conference proceedings. He has also edited nine special issues of international journals as lead guest editor and eleven books out of which nine are with Springer-Verlag. He was awarded numerous awards throughout his career and attracted over NZ $3.5 M on different research projects. He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), a Fellow of IET (UK), a Topical Editor of IEEE Sensors journal and an Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements. He is a Technical Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics. He is in the editorial board of e-Journal on Non-Destructive Testing, Sensors and Transducers, Transactions on Systems, Signals and Devices (TSSD), Journal on the Patents on Electrical Engineering etc. He is the co-Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems ( He is in the technical programme committee of IEEE Sensors conference, IEEE IMTC conference and numerous other conferences. He was the Technical Programme Chair of ICARA 2004, ICARA 2006 and ICARA 2009. He was the General chair/co-chair of ICST 2005, ICST 2007, IEEE ROSE 2007, IEEE EPSA 2008, ICST 2008, IEEE Sensors 2008, ICST 2010, IEEE Sensors 2010 and ICST 2011. He has organized the IEEE Sensors conference 2009 at Christchurch, New Zealand during October 25 to 28, 2009 as General Chair.

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