About the Speaker

Dr Ross Clark

School of health and Sports Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Ross Clark is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) R.D. Wright Biomedical Fellow based at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. His research focuses on working with clinicians to improve the way they assess and treat their patients by creating hardware and software systems that are usable in clinical settings. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the 2014 Promising Young Scientist Award from the International Society for Posture and Gait Research. In addition to his current fellowship he has been a Chief Investigator on four NHMRC Project Grants in the past 5 years. He has published over 110 journal articles in a range of fields, including clinical populations such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, joint surgery, cancer, COPD, Parkinsons disease and children born very pre-term.        


Track 5: Technology and Imaging in Rehabilitation
Low Coast and Wearable Technologies for Assessment and Rehabilitation
Date  :  Thursday, 7 September 2017
Time  :  1530
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :   The combination of miniaturisation and mass production has been a game-changer in terms of making available electronics and sensors that can be used to assess and treat your patients. In this presentation Dr Clark will discuss how low cost but high tech systems such as smartphones and video gaming equipment can be repurposed as physical function assessment tools, and how the sensors in these and other devices such as wearable activity monitors function and might evolve in the near future. He will also explain how some of the recent advances in technology such as the “internet of things” and “the cloud” have the potential to both help and hinder you as clinicians, and what to look for when considering the purchase of new equipment and software for clinical use. The talk will also delve into the weird and wonderful world of devices such as the Raspberry Pi (hint – you can’t eat it) and Latte Panda (hint - you shouldn’t drink it and it’s not very cute) which are changing the way we can interact with sensors in the real world. Finally, a brief exploration of “programming for everybody” systems that allow people with no computer coding experience to easily create their own smart phone apps that can access sensor data, record reaction time, send alerts and create custom surveys will be performed.