Project CARE: Enhancements of the Caregiver App, a companion to the Opal Patient 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 CARE: Enhancements of the Caregiver App, a companion to the Opal Patient 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: Opal was originally conceived as an app for cancer patients. However, caregivers, such as family members or neighbours, may also benefit from having access to information in the app. Student researchers have previously designed and implemented a prototype of the caregiver app, which allows for a patient to have one or more caregivers, and to associate different levels of information access to different caregivers. This project will continue the caregiver app by: (1) updated the current code-base to the newest opal development version, (2) analyzing the current prototype to determine improvements/enhancements, and (3) implementing those improvements/enhancements.
This project will be advised by Prof. Laurie Hendren, with additional support by the Opal 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% milestones and meetings, 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.