Dr. Doherty is very active in individual and collaborative research projects funded by SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, with support from industrial partners such as RIM, Telus, and MyTrak and collaborators such as Toronto Rehab, Bloorview Kids Rehab, and the Faculty of Nursing at U of Toronto. His current projects focus on remote monitoring of human mobility, physical activity, and physiology using a variety of wearable sensors (e.g. GPS, Acclerometer, video) linked to smartphones. Current population groups under study include diabetic patients, the elderly, disabled children, and those seeking weight-loss.
These projects provide significant opportunities for graduate and senior undergraduate students, including research assistantships, field work, networking, industry collaboration, and conference participation.
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Interested students should contact Dr. Doherty to discuss further details and opportunities.
Principal Investigator, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Market Readiness Program, “A combined GPS-Accelerometer Algorithm for Estimating Energy Expenditure on Smartphones”, Jan-April 2012 ($25,000, $90,000 in-kind).
Principal Investigator, University of Waterloo Research Incentive Fund, ”Healthy Outside, Healthy Inside: The Impact of Park Use on Population Health and Well-being in Canada”, Oct 2011 - March 2012, $8,000. Co-Principal Investigators Paul Eagles, Susan Elliott, Scott Slocombe, and Chris Lemieux.
Principal Investigator, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Engage grant, "Development and Evaluation of Accelerometer Algorithms for Deployment on a Smartphone". April-Sept 2011. ($25,000).
Principal Investigator, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Idea to Innovation grant (NSERC I2I), "Applications of an Automated Activity Monitoring System", 2010-2011, $121,000.
Co-Applicant, NSERC/CIHR Collaborative Health Research Projects, Canadian Institutes of Health Research “Integrating Bio-Physiological Information with a Point-of-Care Communication System to Promote Safer Patient Care for Seniors”. Principal Investigator: Diane Doran, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. 2008-2011, Total Grant over 3 years $455,310.
Co-Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) “School, Home and Neighbourhood Accessibility: Physically Disabled Children's Assessments (The ScHaN Project)”. Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia McKeever, Bloorview Research Institute, Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto. 2008-2011. Total Grant over 3 years $360,768.
Principal Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant “Application of Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies for tracking and understanding human activity-travel patterns and decision-making”, 2006-09, $107,122. (extended into 2010)
Principal Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and The Health Technology Exchange (HTX), Operating Grant (Development and Commercialization of Medical and Assistive Technologies by Ontario Researchers: Reducing Waiting Times or Enhancing Service Throughputs) “Development of an Automated Monitoring and Alerting System of Diabetic Patients’ Daily Life and Blood Glucose Fluctuation”, 2006-2007, $270,000 ($110,000 direct funds; $160,000 in equipment, staff, and laboratory and in-kind contributions from RIM, Life:Wire, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Telus, Medtronic, and Expedata).
Principal Investigator, Communications and Information Technology Ontario and The Health Technology Exchange (HTX), Business Partnership Program, “Battery Optimization for Positioning Accuracy”, 2006-2007, $100,000 .
Co-investigator, GEOIDE (Geomatics for Informed Decisions) Network of Centres of Excellence Programme of the Canadian federal research councils, Phase III. 2005-2009, “MUSCAMAGS Project: Multi-Scale Multi-Agent Geo-Simulation to support decision making in multi-actor dynamic spatial situations”. Theme director: Bernard Moulin. Total Grant over 4 years $650,000 (WLU funds $76,000).
Co-investigator, GEOIDE (Geomatics for Informed Decisions) Network of Centres of Excellence Programme of the Canadian federal research councils, Phase II. 2002-2005 ($310,000) “An integrated GPS-GIS system for collecting spatio-temporal microdata on personal travel in urban areas”. Theme director: Martin Lee-Gosselin. Total Grant over 3 years $310,000 (WLU funds $140,000).
Co-investigator, Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (412-1999-1010) “Access to activities and services in urban Canada: behavioural processes that condition equity and sustainability”, 2000-2005. Principal Investigator: Martin Lee-Gosselin (Université Laval). Dr. Doherty was director/team member in five of the 16 projects. Total grant over 5 years: $2,215,000 (WLU funds $132,400).
Principal Investigator, CFI (Canadian Foundation for Innovation) New Opportunities Fund grant. “Advanced Technologies for Tracing and Understanding Human Activity-Travel Patterns”. 2002-2003, $152,000.
Co-investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant “Implications of telework for Canadian households and communities”. 2001-2004 ($76,500). Principal Investigator: Laura Johnson (University of Waterloo).
Principal Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, (410-99-1238). “The household activity scheduling process and the reduction of motorized travel”, 1999-2001, $52,000.
Project Participant, GEOIDE (Geomatics for Informed Decisions) Network of Centres of Excellence Programme of the Canadian federal research councils, Phase I. “Human behaviour and GIS-based Land Use and Transportation Modelling”, 1999-2002. Keith Thomson (Université Laval), Director. Sub-theme director, Martin Lee-Gosselin ($308,333).
Co-investigator, Ministry of Transportation for Ontario Research Grant, “Understanding young drivers exposure to risk”, April 1, 2001– March 2002 ($36,045). Principal Investigator: Jean Andrey (University of Waterloo). Road User Safety Research Funding Program.
Project Participant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Individual Research Grant to Eric Hildebrand (University of New Brunswick) “Travel Behaviour and Safety of Rural Elderly Drivers”, 1999-2001 ($51,000).
Director, Contribution Agreement with the Automobile Mobility Compendium, Université Laval and Natural Resources Canada “Enhanced Mobility-Related Energy Efficiency Indicators - Providing a Technical Basis for Improved Consumer Messaging”, July 2000– Mar 2001 ($15,000).
Director, Contribution Agreement with the Automobile Mobility Compendium, Université Laval and Natural Resources Canada “Task (o) Application of the CHASE survey in Quebec City: Exploring the Potential of GPS to Advance Energy Efficiency Analysis and Assessment”, Oct 1999 – Feb 2000 ($24,000).
Project Co-Director, Transport Canada research grant “Validating Policy options for Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Phase I: Pilot test of advanced Travel-Activity Diary Techniques”, Spring 1999 ($25,000). Co-directed with Martin Lee-Gosselin, GRIMES Université Laval.
Project Director, Contribution Agreement with the Automobile Mobility Compendium, Université Laval and Natural Resources Canada, Transportation Energy Use Division “Making the Link Between Energy Efficiency and Household Activity-Travel Scheduling Behaviour”, Jan – April 1999 ($25,000).
Director, Natural Resources Canada, Transportation Energy Use Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Research Contract “Application of the CHASE Survey Methodology to the Collection of Energy Efficiency Data”, June - October 1999 ($39,000).