College of Arizona researcher receives Trailblazer Award to discover radar know-how for fall threat evaluation

Greater than 20,000 U.S. adults over 65 die because of falls yearly, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention – and that quantity is growing. Electrical and pc engineering assistant professor Siyang Cao is working with a exact type of radar to assist decrease that quantity and higher perceive who’s prone to these lethal accidents.

For his work, the Nationwide Institutes of Well being just lately granted Cao a Trailblazer Award, which offers new and early-stage scientists funding for analysis on the crossroads of life sciences and engineering.

“The award will help our analysis group to work with biomedical consultants to additional discover the feasibility of utilizing mmWave radar know-how on falling detection and fall threat evaluation,” mentioned Cao. “One in every of my relations was in her late stage of illness. She had walkers and somebody caring for her, however nonetheless she fell to the ground with out being seen by anybody for hours. This motivated me to suppose if know-how can do one thing to enhance high quality of life in a method individuals can settle for.”

Previous to becoming a member of the College of Arizona, Cao labored as a radar methods engineer. Throughout this time, he noticed the efficiency of mmWave radar considerably enhance whereas additionally turning into cheaper. This particular sort of radar permits researchers to seize a number of factors of focus, akin to human limbs or torsos.

“Due to this fact, we began to work on utilizing mmWave radar to detect human behaviors since 2017. We ought to be the primary group utilizing mmWave radar with superior machine studying methods to detect human behaviors in actual time,” Cao mentioned.

The award funds a three-year, $580,000 examine to know three questions: How effectively can the mmWave radar estimate fall dangers for individuals? How effectively can the mmWave radar decide falling? And the way effectively can senior residents with falling dangers settle for the brand new know-how?

Radar know-how is essential in lots of scientific endeavors akin to climate, area and army purposes. This award is essential in that it requires Dr. Cao to work with well being care practitioners to refine the system to be adopted and utilized by sufferers.”

Kathleen Melde, ECE professor and Affiliate Dean of School Affairs and Inclusion

Cao labored with medical professors and geriatric specialists Dr. Mindy Fain and Dr. Melvin Hector, in addition to Nima Toosizadeh and Jennifer Barton on the undertaking proposal. Toosizadeh and Barton are biomedical engineers with experience in geriatric medication and medical imaging, respectively. The examine will likely be carried out in collaboration with the BIO5 Institute, the Arizona Heart on Growing old, and native nursing care services.

“We’re enthusiastic about Dr. Cao’s imaginative and prescient on this work and his skill to use radar methods past the automated driving business to well being care,” Melde mentioned. “Dr. Cao has been a frontrunner in making use of radar and imaging strategies in new industrial areas.”

In 2021, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering Kaveh Laksari additionally gained a Trailblazer Award for his work with machine studying in medical imaging.



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