Dr. Frank Knoefel Receives NSERC Discovery Award to Advance Research Focused on Cognition and Mobility


Dr. Frank Knoefel was awarded $137,500 from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as part of the 2016 Discovery Grant Competition announced this April. His project, entitled “Analyzing Data from Sensors and Smart Environments to Monitor Mobility and Cognition” will explore sensor-driven technologies to support older adults maintain health, quality-of-life and independence.

The project will provide new insights into advanced ‘warning signs’ of cognitive and functional decline. Over the long term, the project aims to support the development of a first-of-its-kind integrated assessment system to unobtrusively monitor cognition and mobility amongst older adults to facilitate aging in place. This work builds on the achievements of the TAFETA Program of Research which Dr. Knoefel co-leads with Dr. Rafik Goubran.