An Extensible Measurement Platform on Mobile Devices for Healthcare Monitoring and Personal Wellness Applications
Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA)
It is now common for mobile handheld devices like smartphones and PDAs to have a range of sensing (accelerometers, cameras, microphone), localization (GPS) and communication (3G, WiFi, Bluetooth) capabilities, in addition to computing. The proliferation of these powerful and programmable mobile devices has led to the design of various new applications that take advantage of the range of capabilities that these mobile devices offer. In particular, one of the more important and practical applications that can benefit from the sensing and data collection capabilities of mobile devices is in the area of healthcare monitoring and personal wellness. In this project we propose to design and develop an open, extensible, configurable and scalable measurement platform on mobile devices. Using this measurement platform, we will build various tools to monitor and collect the different data streams (movement data from accelerometers, acoustic data from microphones, location data from GPS, etc) generated as a result of the user's behavior and daily activities. We will also develop a lightweight implementation of the state-of-the-art algorithms in time-series analysis to mine the data streams. A reference activity profile of the user can then be developed, based on the multiple data streams collected and processed by the proposed system. This user profile can be used in various personal healthcare and wellness applications, for example, a user's daily activities over a period of time can be monitored and then analyzed to study the user's health status in terms of the user's amount of exercise, rest, work load, exposure to loud noises and so on.