Siamak Arzanpour

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Recent Research Projects

Next Generation Small Intelligent Machining Systems

2014/15-2018/19 • $120,000 • PI
Tool condition monitoring (TCM) and vibration analysis in large metal cutting machines (LMCMs), such as milling and lathe machines, have been an active research topic for many years; however, research in the area of handheld, medium/small sized, and robotic cutting machines (HMRC) has been...

Improving the efficacy of pressurized metered dose inhaler spacers

2015/16-2018/19 • $57,600 • PI
Pressurized Metered Dose Inhalers (pMDIs) are devices used to deliver a specific amount of medication to the lungs but require perfect timing of activation and inhalation for the best efficacy. A spacer is a medical device which sits between pMDI canister and the oral cavity and allows longer...

Development of an exoskeleton-based motion capture system

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
Motion capturing is a process of identifying human joints and body segment motion in real-time. Motioncapturing system have applications in gaming industries, physiotherapy assessments, sports, training, andmovie industries. The existing technologies for motion capturing have shortcomings which...

Development of intelligent magneto-rheological dampers for mountain bikes

2013/14-2016/17 • $160,000 • PI,CO
The shock absorbers currently utilized in mountain bikes have to be manually adjusted by the biker before each ride. This feature is at times inconvenient and unsafe when biking in rough and unpredictable terrains. Hence, there is a great interest among high-end bicycle manufacturers to develop...

A portable tool positioning system for the mechanical testing of in vivo tissues

2016/17 • $149,651 • PI,CO
This RTI proposal aims to create a paradigm shift in the mechanical characterization of biological tissues with a novel custom high-precision in vivo tissue testing (HITT) system that can be deployed to the bedside to test live biological tissues. The Tissue Characterization Facility at the...

Design of a powered wearable lower limb anthropomorphic exoskeleton

2014/15-2016/17 • $124,000 • PI,CO
The goal of this NSERC CRD proposal is to design a wearable lower limb anthropomorphic exoskeleton robotic system (WLLAE) such that the natural range-of-motion of human joints is preserved. A wearable exoskeleton device has the potential to immensely improve the quality of life of those with...

Development of a multi-wavelength imaging device for accurate detection of skin cancer

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world. The early detection of skin cancer increases thesuccess of treatment methods and reduces the treatment period. Digital imaging is a nonintrusive technique fordetecting skin cancer. This technique has become popular in recent years due...

Creation and validation of fall detection algorithms for seniors based on sensor data

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
In this project we are aiming to begin developing a fall detection algorithm to address the need of our industrial partner Azure WearTech Inc. (AWT). This algorithm will be integrated with a wearable device and help the caregivers to find the location of the injured people in fall incidences....

Developing an alarm system for wheelchair falls

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
In this project we are aiming to develop a sensor based alarming system to address the immediate need of our industrial partner Retirement Concepts Senior Services Ltd (RC). The alarming system will help the caregivers at RC to find the location of the injured people in wheelchair falls....

CIHR Team in the Prevention of Fall-Related Injuries in Older Adults through Bioengineering

2010/11-2014/15 • $816,798 • PI,CO,Other
The primary goal of this team grant is to create a novel program of collaborative research between universities, government agencies, and end users, for the development of innovative technologies to prevent hip fractures and other fall-related injuries in older adults. Our efforts involve an...

Wireless inertial sensing-based full-body human kinematic measurement system

2014/15 • $99,056 • PI,CO
Motion capture, or "MoCap" for short, refers to the process of recording movements of one or more persons or objects. It has served as an essential technology to many industries, including entertainment (gaming and filmmaking), movement science (human factors and kinetics), virtual reality...

Improving the stability of powered wheelchairs

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Wheelchairs are one of the most important devices in rehabilitation that have immensely improved the qualityof life for people with disabilities and impairments. Wheelchairs are subject to tips and falls, that can causeinjuries (e.g., to head, neck, spine, and hip). For a person who relies on a...

Improving the efficacy of pressurized metered dose inhaler by a vibration activated spacer

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have affected many people across the globe andmany more others will be affected by this medical problem in the future. The medication prescribed to help thesituation is most commonly a bronchodilator, corticosteroid or a combination of...

Improvement of seismocardiography with respiration signal extraction

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
Heart disease is a common disease worldwide and cause huge social and economical problems for the societyand individuals. In Canada, every 7 minutes someone dies from heart disease or stroke and cardiovasculardisease accounted for 29% of all deaths in Canada (2008 statistic). Heart disease costs...

Regenerative suspension system for FVT's Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

2011/12-2012/13 • $83,000 • PI,CO
The trend in achieving energy-efficiency in modern electric or hybrid-electric vehicles poses significant challenges on the design of new suspension systems. To achieve fuel efficiency, novel suspension designs are required not only to improve the vehicle's dynamic performance and ride comfort,...

Development of switchable mounts for variable displacement engines

2010/11-2012/13 • $54,000 • PI
The desire to improve fuel economy in the automotive industry has led to the design of Variable Displacement Engines (VDE), which transmit complicated vibration patterns beyond the isolation capabilities of conventional engine mounts. Therefore, there is a growing demand for simple low-cost...

Investigation of the influence of user and dental restorative materials on intelligent dental handpiece performance

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries is one of the most common diseases that is treated by their removal from the tooth using a high speed drill (dental handpiece) through a process called dental filling (restoration). The old fillings, however, need to be replaced often due to sealing break...

Development of smart snowplow blades

2011/12 • $24,600 • PI
Snow plows' have a key role in removing snow and ice from roads during winter and keep them open and safe for commuters. However, snowplows may damage roads during their operation. The severity of such damages depends mainly on the condition of the snow plow's blade. In fact, winter snow removal...

Investigation of the application of polyurethane foam airbags on bed falls injury protection

2011/12 • $23,800 • PI
Bed-falls are common in hospitals and caring facilities that can cause severe head, spine and hip injuries. Several studies indicate that the traditional intervention techniques for preventing bed-falls such as side rails are not effective and may cause negative outcomes for older adults. The...

Establishment of a tissue characterization facility

2010/11 • $144,847 • PI,CO
This proposal concerns the establishment of a Tissue Characterization Facility in the Centre for Biomechatronic and Healthcare Innovations in Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University (SFU). SFU recently developed the Mechatronic Systems Engineering Program and has limited...

Development of a virtual prototyping tool for engine mounts

2010/11 • $24,050 • PI
Hydraulic mounts are vibration isolation devices that are widely used in automotive industry to suppress the road-engine-body disturbances. Currently because of lack of accurate models, engine mount design process is a time consuming and expensive trial and error process involving fabrication of...

Feasibility study of regenerative suspension for hybrid electric vehicles

2010/11 • $23,865 • PI,CO
The trend in achieving energy-efficiency in modern electric or hybrid-electric vehicles poses significant challenges to the design of new suspension systems. To achieve fuel efficiency, novel suspension designs are required not only to improve the vehicle's dynamic performance, but also to...

Development of smart utility management system

2010/11 • $23,300 • PI,CO
Increasing the world population and the uprising trend of using electronic devices and appliances in daily life has intensified the demands of electrical energy and the current infrastructure to address the demand is not adequate. Moreover, major concerns regarding to the global warming, rising...

Design low-cost MR damper reinforced hexapod platform

2010/11 • $22,750 • PI
In the past decade the consumer demand has grown for robots with smaller footprint, more payload/size capacity and higher precisions. That is resulting in heightened demand for parallel robots that have superior advantages over the traditional serial robots in enhancing the performance and...



An intelligent dental handpiece control system is disclosed. The handpiece includes a sensor which detects a vibration, sound, force or torque frequency/time signal produced by the handpiece in use and signal processor which produces or determines secondary signal characteristics such as the handpiece torque, force or angular velocity. A controller analyzes the secondary signal characteristics and produces a control signal which controls or stops the angular velocity of the dental handpiece...
Related applications: CA20112737498


An airbag device includes an airbag comprising foam bulk at least partially surrounded by a flexible membrane, the airbag compressible from a second volume to a first volume; a locking mechanism for maintaining the airbag compressed to the first volume; a one-way valve openable to deliver air to the airbag when the locking mechanism is released; and wherein when the locking mechanism is released, the airbag expands.
Related applications: CA20122862855, WO2012CA00101


A smart fluid damper includes a damper body defining a cavity with smart fluid having first and second cavity portions. A piston head within the first cavity portion is slidingly displaceable. A flow control element is disposed within the second cavity portion. The flow control element includes a stationary main body having a central core, and a stationary outer housing that surrounds the main body and is spaced apart therefrom to define a fluid passage between the main body and the outer...
Related applications: WO2017CA51361, EP20170930568


A damper for a smart fluid (e.g. an magnetorheological fluid) includes a damper body defining a cavity with smart fluid. A piston head is disposed within the cavity and is slidingly displaceable. A flow control element is disposed within the cavity. The flow control element includes a main body having a central core, and an outer housing that surrounds the main body and is spaced apart therefrom to define a fluid passage between the main body and the outer housing. The fluid passage extends...
Related applications: CA20172984533