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“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” (Weiser, 91)

The changing human-environment relationship reveals significant information about people's health and wellbeing. As mobile technology and digital information grow in our cities, new approaches to study the interconnectivity between the human-environment relationship and human health are emerging.

At the same time, the worldwide urbanization process and the ageing population are representing new challenges for cities and governments. The cities are looking for ways to provide services to their citizens in an effective and efficient manner.

The mission of the Healthy City Lab – a research team at the University of Calgary directed by Dr. Sayeh Bayat – is to study this interconnectivity and work toward a framework of ubiquitous health for intelligent and sustainable solutions that support older adults and individuals with chronic diseases within cities.

Lab News

May 29, 2023

Reihaneh Derafshi, MSc Student, presents at the AGE-WELL EPIC Conference

Reihaneh Derafshi is presenting her work titled "Navigational Decision-Making in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: An Analysis of Real-World Driving Patterns" at the 2023 AGE-WELL EPIC Conference, specifically in the "Mobility & Transportation" Challenge Area. 

Apr 4, 2023

Our newly funded project was featured on the Global News Calgary

Our new project, funded by the Alzheimer's Association and Brain Canada Foundation, was featured in an article titled "Calgary researcher hoping to drive change for people with dementia" on the Global News. Read the article here

Mar 16, 2023

Kelly Long, MSc student, received a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 

Kelly, our MSc student in Biomedical Engineering, has been honoured with the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary. This recognition reflects Kelly's exceptional dedication, hard work, and passion for teaching, which have made a significant contribution to our academic community. We are extremely proud of Kelly's achievement!

Oct 31, 2022

Kelly Long, MSc Student, presents at the ISTAART Journal Club

Kelly Long leads a conversation with Lampros Kourtis and Graham Jones about the paper 'Digital biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease: the mobile/ wearable devices opportunity', published in NPJ Digital Medicine.

Oct 18, 2022

Raya Hafezifar & Reihaneh Derafshi present at the 2022 AGE-WELL Conference

At the 2022 AGE-WELL Conference in Regina, SK, Raya presents a poster on "Effects of the neighbourhood-built environment on driving behaviours of cognitively intact older adults with and without preclinical Alzheimer’s disease," and Reihaneh presents a poster on "Investigating Common Driving Routes and Destinations Among Older Adults​".

Sep 27, 2022

Keynote talk at the 2022 Growing Older, Growing Smarter Conference 

Dr. Bayat delivered a keynote talk on "Using mobile technology to support older drivers with dementia." at the at the Growing Older, Growing Smarter Conference held by the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging.

Our commitment 

The UCalgary's Healthy City Lab is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. We encourage applications from all under-represented groups. It is through diverse perspectives and abilities that we see all possible answers to a problem. Apply today and join us in our mission of making our cities and healthcare systems more diverse and inclusive.

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Visit us

Department of Geomatics Engineering

University of Calgary

Schulich School of Engineering

Room 221, 2500 University Drive NW,

Calgary, AB, Canada  T2N 1N4

E: sayeh.bayat[at]ucalgary[dot]ca

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