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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)

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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

Oct 31, 2022

Kelly Long, MSc Student, presents at the "ISTAART Journal Club: Meet the Author"

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

MSc students, Raya Hafezifar and Reihaneh Derafshi, present at the 2022 AGE-WELL Conference

At the 2022 AGE-WELL Conference in Regina, SK, Raya will be presenting 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 will be presenting a poster on "Investigating Common Driving Routes and Destinations Among Older Adults​".

Sep 27, 2022

Keynote talk at the Growing Older, Growing Smarter Conference held by the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

Dr. Bayat delivered a keynote talk on "Using mobile technology to support older drivers with dementia."

Aug 17, 2022

Our summer students, Emily Dittmer and Maria Law, present at the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium

At the 16th annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium, Emily Dittmer and Maria Law present their summer research in the Healthy City Lab.

Aug 16, 2022

Congratulations to Kelly Long, recipient of an AGE-WELL Graduate Student Award!

Congratulations to our MSc student Kelly Long, recipient of the prestigious, nationally competitive AGE-WELL Graduate Student Award in Technology and Aging!

Jul 29, 2022

“Technology and Equality in Dementia Research” Panel at the 2022 AAIC Technology and Dementia Preconference

At The 2022 Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Dr. Bayat and Dr. Babulal chair a panel on “Technology and Equality in Dementia Research” to discuss how we can promote equity in practice for Dementia Research. 

Jul 22, 2022

The Artificial Intelligence for Neurodegenerative Diseases (AI4AD) Workshop, hosted by IEEE WCCI 2022

Dr. Bayat presents our work on "Alzheimer Disease & Driving – Leveraging Mobile Technology" at the AI4AD Workshop, which is hosted by IEEE WCCI 2022. More information is available here.

Jun 9, 2022

Congratulations to Rayeheh Hafezifar, recipient of a Brain CREATE Graduate Award!

A round of applause for Rayeheh Hafezifar, recipient of a Brain CREATE Graduate Award.

Congratulations, Rayeheh!

May 11, 2022

New Publication Alert

Our recent article, "Driving, Social Distancing, Protective, and Coping Behaviors of Older Adults Before and During COVID-19," has been published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

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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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