Human behavior sensing and technology empowerment for health care, behavior change, and other applications

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Goldsmith 3

Organizers: David Monaghan & Deirdre Walsh (Dublin City University) and Wolfgang Hürst & Egon van den Broek (Utrecht University)

Abstract:  New technologies for sensing human behavior (e.g., wearable sensors and video image analysis tools) offer exciting opportunities in various application domains. For example, in health care, home-based programmes address many of the barriers to the uptake and adherence of self-managed healthcare for patients with chronic illness. Yet, they also pose challenges. Traditional methods for home-based behavioral change interventions in health and fitness are limited by lack of personalisation and individualised tailoring.
Technology based solutions are being increasingly researched and developed that can record and store large quantities of data surrounding the quantified self (e.g., wrist worn trackers such as Fitbit, Jawbone and Microsoft Band). Using these new sources of rich user-centred data in combination with advanced signal processing and machine learning algorithms, social inter-connectivity and individually tailored programmes have the ability to facilitate valuable and potentially clinically relevant behavioural change in terms of health management.
This symposium will address all kinds of aspects related to human behaviour sensing; in particular, but not limited to the health care domain. In particular, this special session focusses on:

  • New technologies and approaches for human behavior recognition from video
  • Sensor-fusion and integration for multi-sensory behavior analysis
  • Novel use and analysis of persuasive technology in healthcare,

Research in other application domains of human behavior sensing will also be included. There will also be some “brave new ideas” in the field; that is, papers that present proof-of-concept or small scale pilot studies on the use of technology (e.g., in the self-management of healthcare).


15:00 - 15:20 Multi-Brain BCI Games: Where to Go from Here?

Anton Nijholt

University of Twente, Netherlands, The

15:20 - 15:40 MedFit: A formative research process to develop a mobile-application based intervention for Cardiovascular Disease

Orlaith Duff1,2, Deirdre Walsh1,2, Dave Monaghan2, Catherine Woods1, Kieran Moran1, Noel O'Connor2

1School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Ireland; 2Insight, Dublin City University, Ireland

15:40 - 16:00 Laban Movement Analysis for real-time 3D gesture recognition


TELECOM SudParis, France

16:00 - 16:20 Measuring Activities of Daily Living: Digitally, Visually and Semantically

Peng Wang

Tsinghua University, China, People's Republic of

16:20 - 16:40 Dashboard visualisation of lifelog data for summarisation and pattern recognition to promote behavioural change

Aaron Duane, David S. Monaghan, Cathal Gurrin

Inisght Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University, Ireland

16:40 - 17:00 Continuous Affect State Annotation Using a Joystick-Based UI: Exploratory Data Analysis

Karan Sharma1, Claudio Castellini2, Egon L. van den Broek3

1German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Robotics and Mechatronics Center, Germany; 2German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Robotics and Mechatronics Center, Germany; 3Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

17:00 - 17:20 Emotional assessment and stress management throught biofeedback training: are wearable sensors and devices ready for making people learnig how to feel better?

Maurizio Mauri1, Vincenzo Russo1, Otello Sorato2

1IULM University of Milan, Italy; 2Mind Room Lab, Italy

17:20 - 17:45 Discussion and extra questions