The University of Newcastle, Australia

From wearable sensors to behavioural informatics: frontiers in digital health

16 Mar 2020 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Photo of man, Edward Sazonov, smiling in suit in front of blank wall

Special Presentation by visiting US Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Professor Edward Sazonov. 

The emergence of wearable sensor technology paves the way for objective, sensor-driven assessment of health-related behaviours, which in modern society act as the major determining factors of life expectancy and quality of life.

The modern sensor technology carries the promise to objectively measure and quantify complex human behaviours such as physical activity, food intake patterns, addictions, sleeping patterns, and social interactions. Furthermore, real-time recognition of the behaviour enables novel approaches for just-in-time behaviour modification.

The recognition, characterization and interpretation of behaviours form sensor data presents a challenging problem due to complexity and variability of real-life behaviours as well as the indirect manner in which events of interest are inferred from behavioural and physiological manifestations registered by the sensors.

The presentation will provide an overview of our work on wearable sensors for

  • monitoring of food intake in adults and infants
  • monitoring of cigarette smoking and smoke exposure
  • monitoring of physical activity and energy expenditure.

Special attention will be paid to the sensor solutions for monitoring of food intake, which are of particular interest for understanding and treatment of related medical conditions, such as obesity and eating disorders.

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Following this presentation Professor Sazonov has generously made himself available for additional individual or group/team meetings which will be undertaken in the Cameron Room, HMRI.

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  • Caves Lecture Theatre, HMRI Building, Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights