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Wireless wellbeing and personalised health

Modern mobile and sensing technologies for better health outcomes

Our research into mobile phone apps, wireless sensing and communications will empower people to improve their quality of life while preventing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Our research in wireless wellbeing aims to:

  • develop monitoring systems specific to nutrition, physical activity and sleep
  • define preferences for data storage mechanisms that better monitor and modify behaviour
  • explore effective educational and motivational messaging
  • interact with health practitioners and support circles on influential communication strategies.

Due to the rapid pace of change in the way we use technology, we’re beginning to see an increase in the number of mobile phone apps and sensing devices that measure food intake and monitor physical activity. 

Our research explores how wireless sensing and communications can empower people who want to improve their health and stay healthy by self-monitoring their progress. These technologies can positively influence people’s behaviour around nutrition, physical activity and sleep. 

Through the combination of this unobtrusive form of mobile measurement and data mining, we’re now able to discover and present conclusive behavioural patterns to users. These discoveries can be achieved in real time and over long periods of time. As health risks rapidly become apparent, users are empowered to take action and change their behaviour.

The positive behavioural outcomes from using these measurement and monitoring systems will help to improve people’s quality of life while preventing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

 

  • Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Science, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Professor Adrian Bauman, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Lana Hebden, Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Teresa Davis, Business, University of Sydney
  • Dr Becky Freeman, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Judy Kay, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Bob Kummerfeld, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Mu Li, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Fiona Martin, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Robyn McConchie, Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Stephanie Partridge, Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Philayrath Phongsavan, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Philip Poronnik, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Anna Rangan, Science, University of Sydney
  • Lie Ming Tang, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Annette Wong, Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Kalina Yacef, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Farahaz Yekeh, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney 

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