Chair of Sensor Technology
Research

Research

The ACTLab pursues research on activity and context recognition with the aim to interpret human behaviour using multi-modal ubiquitous sensor technologies. Our work focuses on the development of signal processing, pattern recognition, and machine learning techniques. For more details please see About ACTLab. Currently, the ACTLab is investigating the following topics and projects in personalised healthcare and smart buildings.

Personalised and Ubiquitous Healthcare

ACTLab aims to realise novel personalised and ubiquitous systems for healthcare, wellness, and assisted living. This technology will enable chronic patients to live independently, provide novel assessment tools to clinicians and therapists, and allow individuals to stay healthy. The ACTLab currently works on the following projects.

ACROSSING (2016-2019) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network performing research on advanced technologies and platform for smarter assisted living towards an open smart home (SH) technology infrastructure. ACROSSING will contribute to change the way millions of the older people in Europe and around the world live, are cared, and manage their conditions and maintain well-being. ACTLab contributes novel sensor technology and research on sensor data analysis algorithms for assisted living solutions.

ACROSSING is a collaborative project coordinated funded under the European H2020 framework Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme.

SimpleSkin (2013-2016) is a Future Emerging Technologies (FET) Open project aiming at a fundamentally new approach to wearable sensing that will provide an unprecedented amount of information on the wearer’s activities and physiological parameters with clothes that, with respect to their properties, appearance, production process, and price, will be virtually undistinguishable from today’s standard garments.

SimpleSkin is a collaborative project co-funded under the European Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), FET Open programme.

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OnTime (2012-2016) is a STW Perspectief Programma project that networks chronobiology and technical research. ACTLab will investigate novel ubiquitous systems that could enable full monitoring of the human circadian clock, thus providing continuous estimates of physiological state and contextual information in free-living individuals related to circadian rhythms. Algorithms are investigated to analyse the circadian rhythm based on daily routine monitoring from contextual information (activity, location, environment, light).

OnTime is a collaborative project co-sponsored by the STW.

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Automatic Dietary Monitoring (ADM) (2004-present) develops solutions for an automatic detection of food intake and intake-related behaviour. Unobtrusive on-body and ambient sensors help to monitor dietary information, including schedule, amount, and category of food for every food and drink consumed.  Multi-modal sensors provide the essential input for pattern recognition techniques to spot activities related to intake, including intake gestures (movements of arms and upper body), chewing, and swallowing.

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WISEglass is our approach to smart eyewear. It is based on WISEnode and embedded into off-the-shelf eyeglasses. The vision behind WISEglass is to embed electronics into regular eyeglasses where the focus is on sensing and processing.

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Activity-aware Smart Spaces and Buildings

We envision that buildings could adapt their operation autonomously regarding actual usage and changes in building spaces. In particular, (semi-)public buildings such as office buildings imply profound challenges in their management, pertained to usage patterns, large size, various operational constraints, and semi-public character. Novel ubiquitous sensing and occupant behaviour inference techniques could transparently adapt a building's operation, thus making buildings more energy efficient and comfortable. The ACTLab currently works on the following projects:

Smart Buildings: The concepts of user comfort and energy saving are the driving forces in modern building design. In smart buildings, the use of pervasive devices is becoming an industry standard; in part, due to their low cost and flexibility, but also, the set and forget approach used in the design of the devices. However, the number of sensors an actuators that can be used in building environment increases exponentially, presenting interesting research challenges in 3 aspects: device installation, device maintenance, and over all building commissioning.

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Concluded Projects

Find out more about our concluded projects.

If you are interested in working with us on our current research topics or have interest in related topics, please contact us. Applicants for PhD and PostDoc positions may consider our openings. For more information on student/graduation projects visit the page student projects.

Sponsors and Funding

ACTLab gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funding sources.

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