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Development of android middleware for wearable data analytics and recommendations on the go

Wearable technology comes with the promise of improving one’s lifestyles thru data mining of their physiological condition. The potential to generate a change in daily or routine habits thru these devices leaves little doubt. Whilst the hardware capabilities of wearables have evolved rapidly, software apps that interpret and present the physiological data and make recommendations in a simple, clear and meaningful way have not followed a similar pattern of evolution.

Existing fitness apps provide routinely some information to the wearer by mining personal data but the subsequent analysis is limited to supporting ad hoc personal goals. The information and recommendations presented are often either not entirely relevant or incomplete and often not easy to interpret by the wearer.

The primary motivation behind this research is to address this wearable technology software challenge by developing a middleware mobile app that is supported by data analytics and machine learning to assist with interpretation of wearer data and with making of personal lifestyle improvement recommendations on the go which may then be used to feedback to the wearer’s daily goals and activities. The secondary motivation is to correlate and compare with trends in the wearer’s peer community.

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  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
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  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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Meet the Supervisor(s)


Marios Angelides - Marios C. Angelides is a Computer Scientist, Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP). He holds a BSc and a PhD in Computing both from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he also began his academic career as a lecturer more than 30 years ago. For over two decades, he has been researching the application of creative computing techniques, such as machine learning, serious gaming, and cognitive modelling. Over the last few years, his research has stretched over to IoT apps for smart wearables in mobile e-health and e-fitness for intelligent monitoring and management of people’s health and fitness on the go 24/7. In 1995, Kluwer published his first book, “Multimedia Information Systems”. In 2011, Wiley published his edited book on “MPEG Applications” and in 2014 IEEE/Wiley published his edited book on “Digital Games”. In 2016, a paper of his that was published in The Computer Journal with a focus on “machine learning in multimedia” was the runner up winner of the annual Oxford University Press “2016 Wilkes Award”. In 2019 he was elected to the Editorial Board of The Computer Journal (Oxford University Press) for which he is now serving as a Section Editor for Section C: Computer Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Springer's Multimedia Tools and Applications since the launch of the Journal in the mid-1990s.