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SmartSleep - Data mining with multiple sensor data for detecting relationships between behavior and health

Constance, October 2014. Sleep disorders are widely distributed and often they are accompanied with chronic health problems like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and psychiatric diseases (like depression). For example, sleep apnea, a sleep disorder provoking frequent interrupts on breathing, impacts 4% of the male and 2% of the female population.

The majority of studies about sleep disorders are based on questionnaires capturing information about sleep, living habits, actigraphy, polysomnography or measurements taken in a laboratory. Modern developments like smart watches in mobile health care offer the possibility to capture behavior and sleep patterns during and over the day/night for a longer period and this will support a medical professional in their diagnosis. Telemedicine will support monitoring the treatment of sleep disorders over time.

Seminar: Innovation Lab

Master Informatik
(Open for HTWG and University students)
First meeting: Thursday 9.October 2014, at 17:30 in F-128.

The seminar will address different up to date topics currently discussed in research. Based on literature and/or literature and demonstrators, Master students will receive material helping to understand the new domain and typical models or systems available this field. After studying the introductory material, the students should be able to understand and summarize the domain. In a second step, the student is asked to develop a new idea based on the knowledge obtained but contributing to a gap that has to be detected. The idea will be presented and discussed before the student is asked to prepare a detailed description of the idea and a suited model to realize it, i.e. contributing to close the gap. Depending on the complexity, a prototype solution can be part of the task. At the end, the work will be presented in two parts: (i) Scientific paper and poster, and (ii) Oral presentation (and demonstration – if possible).

The objective of this seminar is to improve the ability working in a new domain based on related work, detect missing parts and develop a new idea how to address this gap. The student may use this seminar to prepare further studies (like a Master Thesis) or a fundament for setting up a business.

Proposed topics (open for discussion)

  1. Mobile QRS complex analysis and stress detection
  2. Detection of sleep disorders
  3. Dynamic clustering, elastic pathing and heat mapping
  4. Embedding of sensors for wearable devices (Smart Watch)
  5. Sensors for fall detection
  6. Smart training for sport activities

  

Stress recognition supported by smartphones

A low-cost mobile electrocardiographic system for stress recognition

Constance, July 2014. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), stress is recognized as a predominant disease with raising costs for treatment and rehabilitation. Each person perceives the stress in a subjective way; therefore, it is important to support an objective way detecting stress in mobile environments. While some people may have clear indications to recognize stress, others will not notice when they pass the threshold from being ‘busy’ to be ‘under stress’. Besides the traditional analysis of stress via the salivary cortisol level test, a growing availability of sensors enabled an alternative approach for non-invasive measurement of biological data relevant for stress detection. 

SummerCamp fair presenting semester projects

Team and mini project fair for interested visitors

Constance, July 2014. During the 6th Informatik Summer Camp (July 22-24, 2014), pupils visited the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory. The main objective of the event is to offer more information about the STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) but with special focus on Computer Science. Prof. Dr. Seepold welcomed the participants at the lab and he gave a short introduction into the lab activities.

Girls'-Day-2014@Informatics celebrated at the Ubiquitous Computing Lab

A self-made piano desgined and programmed during the Girls' Day event 

The Girls' Day 2014 at the Computer Science Department was organized by the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory. Prof. Dr. Clotilde Rohleder and Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold welcomed 17 pupils from Konstanz and Singen area. 

Ambient Intelligence for Telemedicine and Automotive domains (AITA)

Young researchers and students contributed to the workshop

Seville, 29-30th November 2013. The workshop AITA - Ambient Intelligence for Telemedicine and Automotive domains - aims to discuss leading edge contributions to the interdisciplinary research area of ambient intelligence (AmI) applied to the domains of telemedicine and driving assistance. AmI refers to human centered environments attributed with sensors. The development of AmI in the two application domains of the workshop shares several commonalities: the extensive usage of networked devices and sensors, the design of artificial intelligence algorithms for diagnosis, including recommendation systems and qualitative reasoning or the application of mobile and wireless communication to their distributed systems. Together with the presentation of common aspects of Ambient Intelligence, a further goal of the workshop is to stimulate synergies among both application domains and present examples. The telemedicine domain can benefit from methodologies in designing complex devices, real-time conform system design, audiovisual or computer vision system design used in automotive driving assistance. Furthermore, the automotive domain can benefit from the user-centric view, biometric sensor data design, multi-user data bases for aggregation and diagnosis using big data like used in telemedicine.

The workshop is co-organized by the Ubiquitous Computing Lab of the Department of Computer Science at HTWG Konstanz.

Link to the workshop: AITA 2013 

Energy Saving Policies in Grid Computing and Smart Environments

 A stress-awareness approach to safer decision making in the trading process integrating biometric sensor technology

On Jan 21st, 2013, Alejandro Fernández-Montes González defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, entitled; “Energy Saving Policies in Grid Computing and Smart Environment". A great part of the research was funded by Spanish Ministry of Education under the project ARTEMISA (TIN2009-14378-C02-01). Alejandro defended his dissertation in a publicly open ceremony held in the Universidad de Sevilla, and was able to comment on every question raised by the assessing committee. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Juan Antonio Ortega and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Luis González. An important part of this research was carried out during his stages at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, supervised by Dr. Natividad Martinez and Dr. Ralf Seepold and at Ecole Normale Superiore de Lyon supervised by Dr. Laurent Lefevré.

The thesis has been read and approved by the assessing committee which included Prof. Dr. Miguel Toro, Prof. Dr. Mario Piattini, Prof. Dr. Nieves Rodriguez, Prof. Dr. Ralf Seepold and Prof.Dr. Antonio Ruiz, all present at the ceremony.

IBH-Workshop on challenges in demographic changes and aging society, Vaduz

The Internationale Bodensee Hochschule inittiated a workshop on the topic demograhic change. Several working groups had been setup. Prof. Dr. Seepold participated in the group "Health&Performane". The main objective was to generate ideas for a future project proposal. A followup meeting is planned.

PhD Javier Martínez Fernández: A stress-awareness approach to safer decision making in the trading process integrating biometric sensor technology

A stress-awareness approach to safer decision making in the trading process integrating biometric sensor technology

On Jun 15, 2012, Javier Martinez Fernandez defended his Ph.D. dissertation at University Carlos III Madrid, Spain, entitled; “A stress-awareness approach to safer decision making in the trading process integrating biometric sensor technology”. A great part of the research was funded by Spanish Ministry of Education under the project ARTEMISA (TIN2009-14378-C02-02). Javier defended his dissertation in a publicly open ceremony held in the University Carlos III Madrid, and was able to comment on every question raised by the assessing committee. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. R. Seepold and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. N. Martinez Madrid. An important part of this research was carried out during a year stay at University of Ulster, UK, supervised by Dr. J.C. Augusto.The thesis has been read and approved by the assessing committee which included Prof. Dr. C. Delgado Kloos, Prof. Dr. J.A. Ortega, Prof. Dr. W. Elmenreich, Prof. Dr. J. Vehi and Prof.Dr. I.M. Esteve, all present at the ceremony.

Service Platform for Medical Training and Tourism

Successful submission to WISES workshop

Since February 2012 the University for Applied Science Constance offers a project for a service platform targeted e-bike tourism in the area of the Lake Constance. The goal of this project was to improve mobility for older tourists and beyond that increase physical activities of its users. The service platform should provide functionalities like routes management, tracking, weather forecasts and an emergency service. The whole project is a corporation of different departments of the university to achieve a better result combining different knowledge and professions. Responsible leaders are Prof. Dr. T. Thimm member of the department for Management and Social Sciences and focused on tourism and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ralf E.D. Seepold member of the department for Computer Science focused on the area of ubiquitous & mobile computing.

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