Dr Alan Bourke

AlanB2Alan Bourke is a postdoctoral researcher working in the area of fall-detection and ambulatory activity monitoring of older adults using wearable inertial sensors. Currently working at EPFL on the FARSEEING project.

Alan completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering Degree in 2002 and his Doctorate in 2007, at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The title of his research thesis is “Fall detection using kinematic sensors”. He has recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship on FP6 EU-funded project: CAALYX (complete ambient assisted living experiment), this project aimed at promoting more independent living in the elderly population of Europe through ambient monitoring and tailored ICT for this population group. Most recently he completed work on the AAL project, eCAALYX (enhanced complete ambient assisted living experiment) which aims at increasing the autonomy and self-confidence older people who suffer from co-morbidity by developing a wearable body system capable of remotely measuring specific vital signs, monitoring activity as well as accurate reliable detection of falls.

His areas of interest are:

  • Ubiquitous monitoring of the elderly using wearable sensors
  • Accurate  classification of movement and the detection of falls using a single site  sensor