Electrical engineering professor Moeness Amin is considered the world’s leading researcher in the field of signal processing. The Humboldt prize-winner from Villanova University in Pennsylvania is working with a team at TU Darmstadt to investigate how radar technology can be applied in the health sector, for example to detect when elderly persons or individuals with limited mobility fall. Their every day movements can be detected by using hand-sized Doppler radars in their own home.
The technology can determine whether someone is sitting, standing, walking or falling or is in need of help. Professor Amin explains that, unlike cameras, radars do not make people feel watched or monitored, since it is a privacy-preserving technology. He and his team are working on self-learning radar systems that adapt to the user and his or her movements and everyday routines. The goal is to reduce the number of false alarms. Egyptian by birth, Professor Amin has been making repeat visits to Darmstadt for over 15 years . The Alexander von Humboldt Research Award-winner, is a visiting fellow at the TU. This Research Award enables him to visit TU Darmstaft for six months over the course of three years. Amin’s goal is to develop a monitoring system that could even detect illnesses and identify rehabilitation progress.