Simon Scheurer wins SSBE student award

The Bern Biomedical Engineering student wins the Ypsomed sponsored student award on 27 August 2019. His master´s thesis investigating into a novel device to improve fall detection in the elderly was only recently awarded a prize by the University of Bern´s “Seniorenuniversität”. 

Simon Scheurer has completed the master's program Biomedical Engineering between 2015 and 2018. For his end-of-studies project, he worked on optimizing a first-generation fall detection system at the Institute for Human Centered Engineering, Berne University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Martin Kucera), and the Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation group (Dr. Prabitha Urwyler) of the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern.

At the Annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering (SSBE) at the Campus Biotech in Geneva Scheurer was granted the 2000 CHF SSBE Student Award 2019, sponsored by Ypsomed. In July hismaster's thesis "Optimizing and Validating a Fall Detection System Through Experimental Studies in the Everyday Life of the Elderly", was granted a promotional prize by the Senior University Bern (“Seniorenuniversität Bern"), to be presented at the University´s Dies Academicus on 7 December 2019.

The system “AIDE-MOI” uses a plaster worn by people at risk of falling on the upper body and can automatically detect falls with a special algorithm and trigger an alarm. For two studies, 20 elderly participants with a high risk of falls were recruited from different regions around Bern. AIDE-MOI employed acceleration and temperature sensors to monitor the participants.

Simon Scheurer is currently employed at Oxomed AG in Bern Liebefeld, a startup he established together with an interdisciplinary team, consisting of engineers, nurses and businesspeople for the development and distribution of appropriate hardware and software products in this sector of the healthcare market.

Simon Scheurer