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Utilising the ubiquity of the cell phone to record physiological activities

Doherty, Aiden R. and Tolle, Kristin M. (2009) Utilising the ubiquity of the cell phone to record physiological activities. In: Seminar at the Health & Wellbeing External Research Group, 23 April 2009, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA.

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Lifelogging is a term used to describe recording different aspects of your daily life, in digital form, for your own exclusive personal use. It is a form of reverse surveillance, sometimes termed sousveillance, referring to us - the subjects - doing the watching, of ourselves. In today's healthcare world where we react to conditions that have already developed, lifelogging technologies may offer a glimpse into a future world of proactive healthcare where symptoms of conditions are detected at much earlier stages. At the end of last year it was estimated that there were 4 billion cell phones in the world, in comparison to just over 1 billon PCs. In this presentation I will discuss a framework, which leverages the ubiquity of the cell phone, to aggregate multiple wearable biological sensors. This physiological lifelogged data can then be easily queried via an interface which utilises contextual memory retrieval cues to assist people remember what type of activity they were doing at a particular time. This may be helpful for the diagnosis of potential medical conditions e.g. to explain that my heart rate was very high because I was at the gym, or that I had a disturbed night's sleep because I was in an unfamiliar hotel room.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Other
Subjects:Computer Science > Lifelog
Computer Science > Information storage and retrieval systems
Computer Science > Artificial intelligence
Computer Science > Information retrieval
Medical Sciences > Physiology
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, Microsoft Research
ID Code:15058
Deposited On:21 Dec 2009 15:58 by Aiden Doherty. Last Modified 21 Dec 2009 15:58

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