Frank Hopfgartner is Lecturer in Information Studies at University of Glasgow. Prior to moving to Scotland, he has held various roles in Berlin, Dublin, Berkeley, and London, respectively. He holds a PhD in Computing Science from University of Glasgow, and has published over 100 papers in the fields of user modeling, information retrieval, and the analysis of heterogeneous sensor data. Frank has organised various panels, tutorials and workshops on Quantified Self and related fields at renowned conferences such as UMAP, UbiComp, SIGIR, ICME, Hypertext, BIBM, ECIR, JCDL, and Pervasive Health. He is co-organiser of NTCIR Lifelog, a shared evaluation task of lifelogging and quantified self-techniques, and General Chair of HealthWear’16.
Birds of a Feather session title: Wearables for Healthcare
Birds of a Feather scope: A variety of relevant health and fitness parameters are now being captured via an ecosystem of consumer-oriented wearable self-tracking devices, smartphone apps and related services. Techniques from information science, sociology, psychology, statistics, machine learning and data mining are applied to analyze collected data. These techniques provide new opportunities to enrich understanding of individual and population health. Self-tracking data can provide better measures of every-day behavior and lifestyle and can complement more traditional clinical data collection, towards a comprehensive picture of health. Apart from technical challenges arising from gathering and accessing such data, various additional aspects need to be considered that are concerned with the impact on these new technological advances both for individuals as well as for society as a whole. This birds of feather session aims to bring this topic to the attention of the eHealth360° Summit.