Wearable devices are becoming part of our daily lives, tracking our exercise, sleep and calories. But who is tracking these devices and their accuracy? How can we respect people's privacy while collecting data? And how can we use the collected information to have a real, positive effect on our wellbeing? Our multidisciplinary team with experts in medicine, health, physical sciences and engineering will answer these questions to find real-world solutions.
We compare the data collected by wearable devices (activity, sleep, step count) with measurement conducted in laboratories to study their efficacy. We also focus on building effective databases to store the information while respecting people's privacy. We also study how to provide tailored feedback back to the public, so that they can improve their health and wellbeing.
Our main areas of study are sleep, physical activity, and periods of inactivity.
We seek to use wearable devices to provide solutions to real-world problems. Smart watches and fitness trackers can help researchers collect data in a more sustainable way and to understand lifestyle patterns that lead to chronic disease. Devices have the potential to provide live feedback to users and educate them to prevent those diseases. We aim to connect researchers, health professionals and community to obtain measurable health benefits.