Academic Collaboration 2010

Rick Rashid, Senior VP Microsoft Research A portion of MSR External Research Funding 2010 was targeted to help Africa-based researchers conduct one-year studies on the potential of mobile technologies in the delivery of healthcare-related services on the African continent. MSR received 25 proposals from all around Africa and, after a thorough internal review process; 5 proposals were selected, 2 of which are from the Nile University in Egypt. These proposals are detailed below:

CellChek: A cost-effective cell phone-based patient monitoring and advising system (Tamer ElBatt, Nile University, Egypt)

The remarkable progress in wireless communication technologies, standards and systems has opened ample room for new applications ranging from social and business to defense and healthcare. However, fully leveraging ubiquitous mobile communications for healthcare services in under-served communities in Egypt, and Africa in general remains a major challenge. The overarching goal of this project is to develop a cost-effective mobile phone-based sensor network for remote patient monitoring and advising systems in Egypt.

SurgilLink: surgical guidance via mobile phones (Mohamed ElHelw, Nile University, Egypt)

The poor accessibility to high-quality surgical services is a major problem in Africa, leading to elevated rates of illness and mortality. Despite the availability of sufficient medical equipment (not necessary state-of-the-art technologies), failure of even simple surgical procedures occur due to the lack of well-trained healthcare workers. The objective of the SurgiLink project is to develop a system that allows simple, yet efficient, intra-operative links between two remote users (a non-specialist healthcare worker and an expert surgeon) via mobile phones in order to significantly increase the quality of delivered surgical care to remote and underdeveloped communities.


For the second year in a row the Nile University is one of CMIC’s grant recipients. Dr. Moataz Abdelwahab, PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Central Florida is working together with Dr. Motaz El Saban one of CMIC’s brilliant researchers on human activity recognition in real world videos. They are working on a research project that will tackle the ubiquity of different image and video capturing devices, such as digital cameras and mobile phones, which has resulted in an unprecedented volume of image and video data produced and shared every day. This has urged the development of more effective techniques for accessing this data, whether for retrieving, browsing, filtering or summarizing.

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