Large Projects


  • Jeff Kaye / Tamara Hayes NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group, funded July 2006. Multi-year, $3.5M. I developed the MedTracker hardware (mechanical design, electronics, Bluetooth wireless data transfer) and firmware in an earlier pilot project. That work helped us receive this large NIH grant. Production version of the MedTracker for this 200 home national study is shown below.
  • Tamara Hayes  OHSU Behavioral Intervention and Assessment Commons, Intel Digital Health Group  $1M, Funded Sept. 2006, Multi-year.  I provide instrumentation consulting for developing innovative aids and assessment devices ("smart cane", gait monitoring and location tracking) for the elderly.  I also helped develop a foot pedal leg coordination sensor to assist with Parkinson's medication evaluation with Misha Pavel and Steve Gunzler (Neurology).
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    “Smart Cane” with force sensor load cell, XY tilt sensor, Bluetooth wireless radio for remote data display. Overall view and interior view of electronics module.
  • Eric Wan "Instrumentation for in situ biodiversity monitoring and automatic classification of flying insects" (NSF).  Funded Aug. 2006, $801k, .4 FTE Y1, .35 FTE Y2, .3 FTE Y3.  I am responsible for the equipment design and fabrication that is essential for this project.  I made significant contributions to the proposal.  We are developing an optical sensor to detect and identify flying insects by the frequency content of their wingbeat shadows. The immediate application is automated biodiversity monitoring.  We expect to submit follow-on proposals that address important public health problems (malaria, West Nile, Dengue fever).

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    Above:  interior and exterior views of Fast ID optical sensor for detecting and classifying flying insects, OHSU and Aptiv, Inc.  Below:  collecting insect signatures with a prototype Fast ID unit.

  • Philipp Kirsch, APTIV Inc., Automated Mosquito Monitoring for Mosquito Vector Control, NIH SBIR phase 1.  OHSU subcontract:  Wan and Hunt.  Proof of concept to adapt our optical insect identification technology to a standard public health mosquito monitoring trap.  This may lead to a large Phase II grant.
  • Optical detection of fluorescein as tracer in soil/water pollution monitoring model.  Rick Johnson, EBS.  UV source, optical sensors, computer interfacing. 
  • Pat Roberts BME,  Todd Leen DoSE,  NSF-NIH   Collaborative Computational Neuroscience (mormyrid electric fish electrosensory system)  funded for 3 years, starting 9/08.  We will design and build equipment to present computer controlled arbitrary electric field patterns to artificially stimulate the electrosensory system of these fish for basic neuroscience research.