TV2 Go’aften Danmark on Quantified Self

I appeared on the TV2 “Go’ aften Danmark” show tonight (May 12) to discuss the phenomenon quantified self (in Danish: selvmåling) and also the potential for our future health care system. The hosts were really good sports, as they had themselves been self-tracking steps, weight, body fat, activity, and mood for about a week.

goaftendk_20140512_1 smallThe show is available on the TV2 Play website (subscription required) starting out with a general discussion of quantified self and self-tracking and in the end of the show we discuss the future potential of self-tracking.

Crowds, Bluetooth and Rock’n’Roll: Understanding Music Festival Participant Behavior

Our paper on Crowds, Bluetooth and Rock’n’Roll: Understanding Music Festival Participant Behavior is available in arXiv. At a large music festival (8 days and 130,000+ participants) we applied Bluetooth sensing to discover Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones carried by the participants, which enabled us to observe patterns of behavior in terms of participant mobility and offline social interaction. An overall summary of the mobility data collected during the 8 day festival is shown below.

A nice popular summary of the article was made by MIT Technology Review in Music Festivals, Bluetooth Monitoring and the Behavior of Crowds.

New Scientist: Sensational festival music, from your cellphone

lydteknologi_logoSound quality at open-air concerts can be disappointing. Now a smartphone app promises to put an end to tinny vocals‘. An article “Sensational festival music, from your cellphone” in New Scientist issue 2800 p. 23 on Feb. 19, 2011 describes our recent work on Augmenting the sound experience at music festivals using mobile phones (the research paper is available at the ACM Portal).

The project is carried out by DTU InformaticsCrossOverGlobal, and Rhode & Schwarz and is aDanish Sound Technology Network’s innovation project. The scientific work was presented at the15th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces (IUI2011) by Jakob Eg Larsen and Arkadiusz Stopczynski, DTU Informatics, including the technical issues in augmenting the sound experience using mobile phones as well as results from experiments carried out at two concerts at the Nibe music festival.

Interview in Børsen

borsenI gave an interview to Børsen about the position of Apple on the mobile market. The focus was on the position of the iPad tablet device contrary other mobile devices. The tablet ‘form factor’ with the combination of hardware, software, and services has turned out to have gained a strong place in the market, as discussed in these articles in Børsen (in danish)

Electronics keeps an eye on your sleep and diet

nokia_sports_trackerAn article in the danish newspaper Information discuss how “Electronics keeps an eye on your sleep and diet”. The article discuss how technologies including mobile phones and mobile applications can support people in self-monitoring of weight, exercise, sleep, etc. also in a social context. In addition how these types of applications are also turned into games to make the activities fun and motivating.

DTU Informatics in TV2 Nyhederne

tv2logo2Associate Professor Jakob Eg Larsen and master’s students carrying out their projects in Mobile Informatics Lab (milab) Rasmus Handler, Jesper Laursen and Arek Stopczynski were interviewed by TV2 Nyhederneyesterday on the story about an Apple employee losing a prototype of the “iPhone 4”. One controversy is whether this was an accident by the Apple employee or a carefully planned media stunt by Apple. That has been discussed a lot on the internet and in the media the last couple of days.

Video available here starting about the 5 min. mark.

Gesture and context-based navigation of mobile services

gesture_navigation_smallThe science portal has an article about a recent master’s thesis project carried out at DTU Informatics by Esben von Buchwald. The thesis deals with the issue of easily accessing relevant information or services on your mobile phone. A prototype application using context-information based on GPS and Compass sensors, and detection of gestures was developed, enabling easy browsing of information about nearby restaurants, cinema, and train schedules, simply by pointing at them with your mobile phone.

Your mobile phone knows everything about you

videnskab.dkThat’s how our research on mobile context-aware applications is phrased in an article at the danish science portal The article discusses a few examples of some of the recent mobile application proof-of-concept prototypes done in the lab. The examples include our context-aware image gallery for mobile phones, which semi-automatically annotate photos taken with context information (when, where, who) and LifeStatus – an application that aims to translate low-level sensor input from the mobile devices into phrases describing your current context, which the user can share on a social network, such as Facebook.

Mobile phones prevent amputations

dynamo15_forsideIn the DTU Magazine DYNAMO November 2008 issue no. 15 the theme is Life Sciences. The magazine has an article (in danish) about a mobile application enabling efficient remote treatment of ulcer patients.

As a result of the mobile application the number of amputations dropped by almost a quarter, treatment is better and faster, and the local authorities are saving money. The initial mobile application prototype was developed by a student at DTU Informatics during a course in mobile application development.

Cell phones save the limbs of ulcer patients

madsviumasbjoern“Thanks to remote treatment via cell phones, the number of amputations in ulcer patients has dropped by almost a quarter at South Jutland Hospital. Meanwhile, the local authorities are saving money, and treatment is faster”

DTU Avisen no.7 2008 has an article (Section 1, p.14 and Section 2, p.2) about this amazing mobile application, which was done by Mads Vium Asbjørn. He was a student at DTU and implemented the application for the company Dansk Telemedicin while carrying out projects on mobile application development in my course at DTU Informatics. Mads did his master’s thesis project on Secure integration of mobile phones and payment cards with focus on VoIP in milab.

Some Top Widgets For Your Consideration…

MuZeeker Widget main screenRafe Blandford and Ewan Spence from All About Symbian have made a review of the ‘Top Widgets For Your Consideration’. Our MuZeeker widget is among the ones that they mention:

“Short of having a great big splash graphic that says “Don’t Panic”, MuZeeker is the closest you’ll get to the Hitch-Hikers Guide To Music. A search engine for music, which presents its information in a collapsed tree of information to be expanded out and then passed links to find out more, typically via Wikipedia and YouTube.”