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Photo of Sofija SpasojevicSofija Spasojevic

Post-doctoral Fellow

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Email: Sofija.Spasojevic@uhn.ca


Expertise

  • Signal processing
  • Machine learning
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • Work in clinical settings (experiments with patients)

Research Interest

  • Signal processing
  • Machine learning
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • Biomedical engineering and rehabilitation

Biography

Dr. Sofija Spasojevic obtained her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering under a bilateral doctoral program between Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon and the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade in 2018. During her PhD research, she has developed objective approaches for the movement quantification in Parkinson's disease and stroke, based on the sensor data (RGB-D cameras and wearable sensors). Newly proposed sensory-based and clinically verified Movement Performance Indicators have been used to support clinical evaluations and to advance traditional rehabilitation procedures in neurological disorders.

Prior to joining Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in 2018, she was Research Associate at the Mihailo Pupin Institute (IMP) in Belgrade, Serbia (2012-2018) and at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico (ISR-IST) in Lisbon, Portugal (2013-2018, under bilateral doctoral program). She has participated in one national project (III-44008: Design of Robot as Assistive Technology in Treatment of Children with Developmental Disorders, The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia, 2011-2017) and five international projects of bilateral academic collaboration:

  1. CARE-robotics - Creative Alliance in Robotics Research and Education Focused on Medical and Service Robotics, supported by Swiss National Scientific Foundation, 2011-2014;
  2. COLBAR - Synthesis of Collaborative Behavior Attributes with Service Robots Based on Visually-Motor Human-Machine Interaction, project of bilateral academic collaboration between Mihailo Pupin Institute in Belgrade and Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013-2014;
  3. Researchers’ night – FLIRT, supported by European research and development program (HORIZON 2020), 2014-2015;
  4. Advanced perception and learning for cognitive heterogeneous robots, project of bilateral academic collaboration between Mihailo Pupin Institute in Belgrade and Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015 and
  5. EIrobots - Emotionally Intelligent Robots: Building attributes of artificial emotional intelligence aimed to make robots feel and sociable as humans, supported by Research Group Linkage Program, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Informatics, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2015-2017.

At Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, she is working on the project Detecting behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia using multimodal sensors. She is working on developing machine learning strategies for the early detection of symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease using ambient and wearable sensors with Dr. Shehroz Khan and Dr. Alex Mihailidis.


Publications

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