Dr. Vicki Komisar


Dr. Vicki Komisar is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering with the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. Vicki uses the tools of biomechanics to understand how people interact with their environment to maintain balance and avoid falls and fall-related injuries, and uses this evidence to inform recommendations for safer built environment and wearable technology design, especially for older adults. Her research findings have informed building codes, product design standards, new assistive technologies, and occupational safety guidelines related to preventing fall-related injuries in an aging workforce.

9:15 AM PST

Friday April 8, 2022

LIVE - PERS & Fall detection: To wear or not to wear

Join us for this panel discussion on the emerging landscape of fall detection tools. We've seen growth in both wearable options, from phones to hearing aids, as well as stand-alone devices using everything from video to AI to radar frequencies to "see" a fall and call for help. So which one is best? When should one be used over the other and what do users feel about the options presented?