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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the President
April 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Showing off my GPS and Accelerometer Tracking Software (GATE)


Below are recent events, news items, and announcements.

May 16, 2012, Dr. Doherty is appointed as Full Professor (effective July 1, 2012), based on unanimous recommendation by the Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee, and confirmation by university president Max Blouw.  

May 27th, 2012, Dr. Doherty is invited to to present at the 12th Annual Diabetes Meeting, on the topic "Taking CGM to a new dimension with geographic information" to take place in Bethesda, Maryland from November 8-10.  He has also been invited by the editor to submit an article to the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology based on the presentation.    

April 28, 2012, Dr. Doherty leaves for a one month Visiting Professorship at the University of Sydney, Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies

Nov 23, 2011, Marissa Evans of The Cord (WLU weekly newspaper) writes "Prof explores blood glucose levels over geographical spaces".

Nov 18, 2011, See the latest News Release "Diabetes study reveals correlation between location and blood glucose levels" by WLU.

Nov 2, 2011, Dr. Doherty's latest paper "Exploring blood glucose variation over geographical space" is cited as a "Hot Paper by Canadian Geographers" in the latest issue of GeogNews, the news Digest of the Canadian Association of Geographers.

Oct 17, 2011, Dr. Doherty is invited as a panelist to discuss "The Past, Present, and Future of Mobile Health Technologies", at the "Mobile Health Symposium: Imagine the Possibilities of M-Health Technologies", at the University of Toronto’s Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre.  Click here for symposium details.

Jan 2011, Dr. Doherty receives a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Transportation Research Board, National Academies, Washington, D.C., in recognition for leadership as committee chair and 10+ years service.

Jan 2010, Dr. Doherty developes the GATE (GPS and Acceleromter TrackEr) software – A Blackberry OS Java software applications that simultaneously tracks GPS and accelerometer data, displays in graphically on screen, compresses it, and transits it to a central server.

Dec 2, 2009, Dr. Doherty is invited to address the Chongqing Municipal Science and Technology Commission Visiting Delegation concerning "Healthcare application of Human Activity Tracking Technologies", in the Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Oct 27, 2009, "Spatial diaries can improve patient care", writes Gavin Crutchley in the K-W Record "Technology Spotlight".  Click here for the full story. 

Oct 23, 2009, Dr. Doherty is invited to Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto to talk about " Tracking and Visualizing Kids’ Movements with GPS & Google Earth", as part of the Doing Research With Kids: Designs, Dilemmas & Directions 3D Workshop.

Oct 2009, Dr. Doherty receives $20,000 GEOIDE Market Developement Fund grant to support  applications of his patent-pending Human Activity detection system in the health care, elderly care, and location-based service markets.

July 2009, Check out the Google Earth files depicting GPS tracked data, recently posted on the GPS page.  From an M-spiral fun application, to extensive tracking of physical activity.

June 2009, Dr. Doherty uses his GPS tracking technology to create art at the Spotlight on the Arts Festival in downtown Kitchener June 5-7.  Check out the resulting GeoMosaic or see the Critical Media Lab team at work at .

April 2009, Dr. Doherty's "Interactive learning" approach profiled in insideLaurier magazine.  Turn to the back cover.

April 2008, Dr. Doherty to participate as co-investigator in a recently awarded $450,000 three-year grant from NSERC/CIHR titled “Integrating Bio-Physiological Information with a Point-of-Care Communication System to Promote Safer Patient Care for Seniors”, headed by Diane Doran (Faculty of Nursing, U. of Toronto). Dr. Doherty will apply his Blackberry-based automated GPS tracking system in a decision-support capacity in this project. Contact Dr. Doherty or see his research page for more details.

Dec 2008, Dr. Doherty receives travel grant and is appointed as Visiting Professor in the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney. He will work with Dr. Stephen Greaves on developing a model of diabetic patients’ blood glucose fluctuation as a function daily activities and travel, food consumption, and exercise.

Mar 17, 2008, Dr. Doherty surprises students on St. Patricks day with green suit. See pics here ...

Mar 5, 2008, Dr. Doherty to give seminar on "Remotely monitoring Diabetic Patients Daily Activities"at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2008 Diabetes Symposium at Bineman’s Park in Kitchener.

April 2007, “Geographic tools give doctors a new view”, writes Saul Chernos about Dr. Doherty’s recent study of diabetic patients, in Technology For Doctors, Canada’s information technology magazine for doctors. Click here for the full story ...

January 2006, Dr. Doherty receives Fred Burggraf Award from the Transportation Research Board (National Academies, Washington, D.C.) in recognition of excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger. Click here for press release …

December 2006, “Pilot study provides diabetic patients and caregivers with high-tech approach to monitoring and care” press release by WLU and RIM.

2005, Featured Research, one of five Canada-wide projects profiled in “Revving Up Cities” in “The New Knowledge for the New Economy”, published by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Click here for the full article ...