University of Victoria

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Research Services

Since its inception in 1999, CanAssist has worked closely with many UVic faculty members, graduate students and groups off campus on numerous projects that benefit people with disabilities.

For example, one longer-term initiative involved building miniature sensors for UVic's biology department to be used for research into stroke and other conditions. Another recent project, for Dr. Kimberly Kerns of the psychology department, involved refining software games that help assess children's cognitive abilities.

"Working with CanAssist on my current project has been wonderful -- they are professional, enthusiastic and understand the specific needs of research," said Dr. Kerns. "Not only are their people aware of the best software and technologies to use, but if changes or upgrades are needed in the next few years, the ongoing support is readily available."

CanAssist's research support has included:

Mechanical Engineering Services

  • project conceptualization, design and development
  • fully equipped machine shop
  • prototyping and small-scale production
  • materials and parts sourcing expertise

Electrical Engineering Services

  • electrical design and PCB layout
  • firmware development
  • component procurement
  • testing and verification

Software Engineering Services

  • user experience design
  • software development
  • desktop and mobile apps
  • accessibility design, review and testing

For more information on CanAssist's research services, please contact

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