P03: Sensor-based Engagement for Improved Health

(duration: 03/2013 – 03/2017 // funding: COMMIT)

Problem description

Our society faces serious risks caused by people's excessive food intake combined with lack of exercise. Medical issues such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure must be a top priority if we wish to successfully maintain our welfare state.

Experts believe the solution to these health problems lies in preventive care; using behavioural intervention techniques to encourage people to take up physical exercise, improve their diet, and most importantly, to keep up their newly adopted positive behaviour.

The project Sense Driven Coaching for Healthy Living uses sensor technology and ICT systems to monitor physical, mental and social well-being, and to stimulate people by giving them personalized and contextualized feedback in real time.

Sense, analyze, interpret, motivate

The project takes an integrated approach, combining widely available devices, such as smartphones and sports trackers to monitor physical, mental and social health. Currently available health trackers and coaching applications only track single aspects of health (weight, walking, diet) and give feedback based on static perimeters.

For more personalized and contextualized feedback, data will be analyzed in the cloud. Feedback can be given immediately through the smartphone, improving the success of a workout and increasing motivation.

Sensor Driven Coaching - system design

Almende's contribution

Within the project, Almende will develop a pattern analytics framework in the cloud, in order to be able to analyze the data collected from the various sensors. The analysis will be used to provide real time, contextualized feedback via the coaching application.

Almende's spin-off company Sense focuses on real time data processing on the smartphone. While more advanced computations are carried out in the cloud, simple processes are more quickly and efficiently carried out on the device itself.


SENSEI project page


InfosysVrije Universiteit AmsterdamUniversiteit Twente

Hogeschool van AmsterdamSense Observation Systems

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