A Smart “Peer-Support” Wearable Technology for Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD

ENGR 485- 502 - Veteran-Centered Wearable Technology for PTSD Peer-Support

What is the overall goal of your project?
The overall goal of the project is to develop a non-invasive, affordable, usable, and discreet solution to facilitate access to peer-support for Veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

Which grand challenge are you addressing?
In line with National Academy of Engineering (NAE) grand challenges, the proposed project establishes an advanced health information system that uses health informatics and ubiquitous computing capabilities to interact with the patient upon detection of PTSD triggers to provide support both socially and clinically.

What is the key challenge your project is trying to solve?
There is a clear gap in technological support to help patients deal with their symptoms in between therapeutic sessions. In particular, a critical need exists to implement a mental health information system to support veterans during PTSD triggers when they are outside clinical environments. The absence of a reliable, usable, non-invasive, and integrated information system to help patients in a timely manner will continue to present challenges in PTSD treatment among Veterans and their re-integration into society.

What is the impact on society your project has?
It is expected that the AggiE_Challenge project will improve Veterans quality of life by facilitating access to a support group anytime anywhere. This will facilitate Veterans re-integration into society.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Farzan Sasangohar

Engineering majors targeted: CSE, ISEN, ECEN