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Graduate Student Speaker Series

Graduate Students Speakeasy Challenge

Graduate students practicing communication skills and sharing knowledge across faculties and departments with 15 minute "big picture" presentations of research in progress.

Happening online and in person in the Innovation Hub, Room 316, Harriet Irving Library Research Commons

Thursday November 17, 1-2pm

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Fernanda Díaz

MSc Kin Candidate

Faculty of Kinesiology, Cardiometabolic Exercise and Lifestyle Laboratory

Zoomers on the go Program.

Zoomers on the go is a peer-led 12-week program for older adults offered online and in-person across New Brunswick. This program aims to reduce the incidence and risk of falls by improving balance and functional health. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to switch to online delivery and we examined the feasibility of this delivery mode, as well as if this modality generates the same functional and mental health-related benefits for older adults as in-person delivery.

Ala Kasaei

MScE Candidate

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Stepscan and biometrics

Stepscan is one of the world's first and only modular pressure-sensitive flooring system that is large enough to capture many footsteps of a natural gait. Using this device and deep learning algorithms, we aim to design and develop this novel biometric system to address emerging challenges in critical infrastructure security that have been confounded by obscured vision. Our theory is that sensor-based gait recognition is more reliable than existing biometric recognition methods because it eliminates concerns about image reuse and avoids the adverse effects of illumination, visibility, appearance changes, and occlusion. In this presentation, different biometrics are described, applications of foot-pressure-based gait recognition are explained, and the methods we use for user verification and identification are presented.

Amy MacQuarrie

MA/PhD Student in Experimental Psychology

Cannabis cessation: how individuals stop using cannabis.

In my study, different profiles of cannabis users emerged based on years participants had used cannabis, frequency of cannabis use, age they first used cannabis, substance use, and mental health and quality of life scores. I compared these profiles on how many times they attempted to decrease or quit cannabis, as well as the kinds of methods (e.g., physical activity, counselling) they used to quit or decrease their cannabis use.