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Wearable systems’ applications in health research

February 25, 2020 — 

In the era of the Internet of Bodies, wearable systems are becoming ubiquitous tools to capture human behavior and function in health research. Wearable systems can be used for multiple functions (medical care, research, consumer health) under different forms (embedded in clothing, worn as an accessory, worn on the skin, implantable or edible) and applications (physiological measures, motion measures, location measures, environmental measures and multi-sensing measures).

Advances in sensor technologies and devices in commercially available wearable systems allow for the opportunity to measure various types of data and variables under real-life conditions for long periods of time. From the clinic to the home, data streams from wearable systems that include sensor measurements, activity logs and user-generated content, can be leveraged as outcome measures for use in digital phenotyping or to deliver and enhance intervention in the context of digital therapeutics.

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management is pleased to welcome Dr. Patrick Boissy to the University of Manitoba Thursday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. in 220 ALC to present Wearable Systems and their Applications in Health Research at the monthly Research Seminar Series.

Patrick Boissy in his office. There are degree parchments hanging on the wall behind him.

Dr. Patrick Boissy

Boissy, a kinesiology graduate from the Université de Sherbrooke and current professor at the Department of Surgery (orthopedic division) at the Faculty of Health and Sciences at Université de Sherbrooke, has been actively involved in the Research Centre on Aging in the development and use of wearable systems for health research in aging and disease since 2005.

This presentation will provide an overview of the emergence of wearable systems and key concepts surrounding the use of wearable systems for health research. Use cases for wearable systems from ongoing research at the Research Centre on Aging will be illustrated. Specifically, mobility and activity monitoring of older adults using inertial sensing and location sensing. Choosing the right wearable system for your research and usability consideration when using wearable systems will be discussed.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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