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Kristen Beange

PhD Student
Supervised by Ryan 2016-2018; 2019-2023

Kristen obtained her BASc in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and her MSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Graham and Dr. Adrian Chan (Carleton University, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering).  Her Master's thesis entitled "Validation of wearable sensor performance and placement for the evaluation of the spine movement quality"  focused on the assessment of wearable inertial measurement units (IMU) performance relative to conventional motion capture equipment for tracking spine motion and measuring movement quality and control.

Kristen is currently in the second year of her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University, under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Graham and Dr. Adrian Chan, and is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering program.  Her current research involves, the development of a platform to perform objective assessments of spine movement quality in clinical settings using wearable IMU's. More specifically, Kristen's research focuses on optimizing IMU sensor signal quality and developing a cloud database for performing big-data analytics for improving diagnosis and sub-classification of low back pain and movement-related disorders. Kristen is also the vice president of Events and is a uOttawa representative for the Carleton Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, student chapter.


  • Wearable sensors

  • Signal quality

  • Cloud computing

  • Low back pain

  • Movement quality


Funding Sources

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PGS-D (2020-2023)

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST; 2019)

  • NSERC CREATE-BEST Program (2017-2023)

  • Carleton University Departmental Admission Scholarship (2019-2022)

  • Carleton University Teaching Assistantship (2019-2022)

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