Biomedical Engineering on Portable Devices

Technologies to detect and analyze emotions with the help of sensor networks at BioPD 2016 - Workshop

Bratislava, September 2016. The cooperation between Slovak University of Technology, Reutlingen University and HTWG Konstanz launched the first workshop on Technologies to detect and analyze emotions with the help of sensor networks. There is a significant demand for tools and services supporting rehabilitation, wellbeing and healthy life styles while reducing the level of intrusiveness, increasing real-time available, reliable results and maintaining costs. Self-monitoring applications need to be improved to move beyond tracking exercise habits and capture a more comprehensive digital footprint of human behavior such that emotional states are detected and appropriate recommendations and interventions are deployed to systematically increase the overall personal wellbeing. This is especially important for aging population, as behavioral patterns may have a direct effect on the life expectancy and the cost of care. This workshop focusses on technologies to detect and analyze a person's emotion with the help of a sensor network in order to support diagnostic decisions.


The host of the workshop Prof. Dr. Ing. Fedor Lehocki (Institute of Robotics and Cybernetics (FEEIT) at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU) invited us to during the workshop to visit the User Interface laboratory of the Faculty of Informatics. Prof. Ing. Maria Bieliková, dean of the factulty, welcomed the researcher from Reutlingen University and HTWG Konstanz and she presented the new installations setup in two rooms: one for eye tracking exercises and another for application witin a home environment. 



In the observation room of the UI Lab at STU in Bratislava
(Armando Statti, Prof. Ing. Maria Bieliková, Prof. Dr. Natividad Martínez Madrid, Robert Moro, Prof. Dr. Fedor Lehocki, Thomas Walzer, Maksym Gaiduk, Agnes Klein, Daniel Scherz; l.t.r.)



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Requirements analysis for user interfaces in mobile eHealth applications (Armando Statti)

Short Summary of the work

Medical applications are becoming increasingly important in the current development of health care and therefore a crucial part of the medical industry. For developers there are still large challenges and many gaps in the development. They have to observe many legal aspects and are faced with high productions cost. In addition to the large amount of data of medical information there are many questions on these issues. There is also a big disorder of the legal requirements between the countries and authorities. The work focuses on the analysis of requirements and the challenges arisen from designing mobile medical applications in relation to the user interface. The paper describes the current status in the development of mobile medical apps and illustrates the development of e-health market. The author will explain the requirements and will illustrate the hurdles and problems. He refers to the German market, which is similar to the European and compares that with the market in the USA.


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UV-Flower: Developing a textile assistant for sunbathing (Thomas Walzer)

Short Summary of the work

How to protect the skin from getting sunburnt? The sun can damage your skin e.g. skin cancer. But the sun has a positive effect to the human. The time in sun and the intensity are the key values between enjoy the sunbath and having a negative effect to the skin. A smart device like a UV flower could help you to enjoy the sunbath. It measuring the UV index around you and gives that information to an smart phone app. The building steps of such a device described in this paper. The UV flower is made of textile fabrics.


A selection of further presentations during the workshop


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Mathematic model of blood pressure regulation (Ing. Rudolf Goga, PhD student of Prof. Dr. Ing. Ivan Sekai)


More photos from the workshop
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