PROJECT BEHAVE: Analyzing patient behaviour on the Opal Mobile App - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Laurie Hendren

Supervisor's Email: hendren [at]

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Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Project end date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Project title: PROJECT BEHAVE: Analyzing patient behaviour on the Opal Mobile App

Project description:
Prelude: The Health Informatics Group for Opal is a multidisciplinary team co-led by Prof. Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Dr. John Kildea (Medical Physics)and Dr. Tarek Hijal (Radiation Oncology). The project also has two full-time developers and several part-time developers, as well as a group of undergraduate student researchers each term. Our overall aim is to use technology and data to help cancer patients. One of the key projects is the development of Opal, a mobile app for Oncology patients.
Project: Patients will use the mobile app in different ways. In this project the student will build upon tools previously built for logging behaviour, and will analyze patterns of app use. This analysis can be used to identify common use patterns (potentially leading to a better UI design for those use cases), and can be used to group patients according to their usage pattern. For example, can we find patients who refer to educational material a lot, or patients who spend a lot of time analyzing their blood test results?
This project will be advised by Prof. Hendren with additional mentoring by the development team.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% final report, 25% meetings and milestones, 25% software development

Other project information: The group meets with all of the student research students bi-weekly, usually on Friday afternoons at 2pm.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply / Next steps: Please email: (1)Title of project, (2) statement of why you would like this project, (3) copy of transcript and CV

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.