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Research

The work group wearHEALTH researches and develops mobile and wearable health systems for prevention and rehabilitation, in particular:

Along these application scenarios we address the following research lines:

As an integral part of our interdisciplinary research, we also investigate ethical, legal, and social implications of the developed mobile health systems. Here, the focus is on respecting autonomy, data protection and privacy, effectiveness of incentives in the health context as well as on technology acceptance. We deal with these issues in consultation with our partners at the University of Kaiserslautern, the network of interdisciplinary competence centers in Germany and our mentors.

Wearable systems to support motion analysis

The work group develops mobile assistance systems based on wearable sensors, which can assist physicians, physiotherapists, and patients in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Parts of this are an easily usable, mobile motion analysis system for interactive assessments and mobile systems to support self-training. One challenge is the development of a self-configuring, ambulatory motion capturing and analysis system for determining relevant movement parameters. A further challenge is the use of this technology for customizable, motivating user interfaces, which provide user-adapted feedback and support (treatment) adherence.

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Stress management apps to promote a healthy lifestyle

The work group develops mobile application (apps) supporting users in building up and maintaining a health-conscious behavior and dealing with stress. Behavior refers to various stress-relevant factors such as sleep, diet, physical activity, emotional state, and perception of daily uplifts and hassles. In addition to making the user familiar with various stress management techniques through digital media, the group also uses wearables to provide biofeedback for supporting relaxation exercises. The apps will initially be developed for the purpose of primary prevention and their effectiveness (ability to reduce chronic stress) will be investigated in a longitudinal field study. Afterwards, the apps will be further developed for the accompanying use during rehabilitation. Here, one challenge is to design customizable, motivating user interfaces that support sustainable behavioral changes.

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