BSN 2014

Workshops / Tutorials

This year's BSN hosts 9 exciting workshops and tutorials on diverse topics such as sensor networks in rehabilitation, security of BSNs, and eyewear computing. All sessions are organized by established researchers and companies in the respective fields. While workshops invite for discussion of recent research advances, tutorials offer the chance for gaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology and methods.

For all attendees of the main conference, participation at the workshops/tutorials is included in the registration fee. No additional notification is required for attending. For inquiries about a specific workshop or tutorial, please contact the organizers directly or visit the websites.

Workshop Chairs

Workshop Venue

The workshops, as the main conference, will take place in the ETH main building, conveniently located in the city center.

Workshop program


Health Glasses BSN Companies
BSN Introductory Tutorials Security in BSN

Room HG E3 Room HG D1.1 Room HG D1.2 Room HG D3.2
16.06.2014
Morning
9:00-12:30
Health and Performance Monitoring in Stressful Field Environments
Brian Telfer, Pierre Valk
Tutorial on Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Mobile Healthcare Application Development
Ayan Banerjee, Sandeep K. S. Gupta
BSN Platform Tutorial
Benny Lo, Guang-Zhong Yang
16.06.2014
Afternoon
14:00-17:30
Machine Learning for Body Sensor Networks
Anna Förster, Alessandro Puiatti
Intl. Workshop on Automated Sensor Based Mobility Analysis for Disease Prevention and Treatment
Jochen Klucken, Bjoern Eskofier
19.06.2014
Morning
9:00-12:30
Wearable Body Sensor Networks for Motor and Cognitive Rehabilitation
Domen Novak, Lorenzo Chiari, Elisabetta Farella, Nicola Vitiello
Glass and Eyewear Computers - exploring a new dimension for personal assistance
Daniel Roggen, Paul Lukowicz, Martin White, Andreas Bulling, Kristof Van Laerhoven
Equivital BSN
Ekta Sood, Ben Walsh
19.06.2014
Afternoon
14:00-17:30
Composing sensing systems with the all new Shimmer3 Platform and new range of sensing modules
Niamh O'Mahony

Health and Performance in Stressing Field Environments

Date: 16.06.2014, Full day
Room: HG E3
Organizers: Brian Telfer, Pierre Valk
Stressful occupations such as firefighters, hazardous material responders, soldiers, pilots, astronauts, divers, and explorers, must operate for long periods in environments that challenge their health and physical and cognitive performance. Continuous, wearable sensing is one component of a solution to avoid health problems and maximize performance. Wearable sensing solutions for these applications must leverage the dynamic commercial competition in the consumer marketplace, but important constraints distinguish the applications considered in this workshop from consumer applications. For example, wearable sensing systems for stressing environments need to be simple, rugged, and long lasting. Since users need to rely on the information provided, the algorithms need to be scientifically validated. Since these systems are generally procured by local, regional or national governments rather than consumers, there is a need for an open system framework to allow for easier upgrades and for plugging in new sensors as needed. Many of these problems meet their extreme in military applications.
This workshop will consider particular applications for monitoring in stressing field environments, from the standpoint of sensor types and algorithms, ultra-low power electronics, open architecture frameworks, body area networks, and field experience. Example applications to be considered are: predicting thermal-work strain while wearing encapsulating protective clothing, monitoring hydration state, predicting cognitive degradation from monitoring sleep, and monitoring for altitude illness (e.g., acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema). The workshop is timely, since wearable sensing systems have been exercised in significant field tests, and systems are starting to be acquired and fielded.

Speakers include (stay tuned for additions):
  • Mr. Mark Buller, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Dr. (Colonel) Karl Friedl, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (Retired)
  • Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christian Gunga, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Dr. Andrew Hunt, Defence Science and Technology Organization, Australia
  • Prof. Eugenijus Kaniusas, Vienna University of Technology
  • Dr. Carla Ledderhos, Flugmedizinisches Institut der Luftwaffe, Germany
  • Mr. Svein Martini, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, Norway
  • Dr. Brian Telfer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, United States
  • Dr. Bertil Veenstra, Training Medicine and Training Physiology, Royal Army, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Pierre Valk, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • Dr. Thomas Wyss, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen, Switzerland
  • Dr. Seng-Kok Yong, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore


Tutorial on Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Mobile Healthcare Application Development

Date: 16.06.2014, Full day
Room: HG D1.1
Organizers: Ayan Banerjee, Sandeep K. S. Gupta
The main objective of the tutorial is to discuss the safety, security, and sustainability issues that can occur in a suite of mobile healthcare application. Smartphones can interface with sensors, collect and communicate data to the cloud and store in electronic health records (EHR) and may also give control commands to various actuators (e.g. infusion pumps). Multiple apps can form a suite which share data and achieve unique health solutions. In such an operating scenario there can be several security threats including leakage of private health data, forgotten passwords, unauthorized access during emergencies, security breach during data communication to EHR or storage in sensor and smartphone. Moreover, random invoking of applications can cause instability in the controller resulting in uncontrolled safety hazards. Furthermore, in case of multiple apps operating on the same device there are issues related to battery lifetime and stalling due to heavy workload. The first half of the tutorial will include a discussion on safety, security and sustainability issues of mobile medical applications and an introduction to the Health-Dev - a model based application development tool. In the second halve, the participants will use Health-Dev to develop their own mobile applications and install them in sensors and phones.

BSN Platform Tutorial

Date: 16.06.2014, 09:00 - 12:30
Room: HG D1.2
Organizers: Benny Lo, Guang-Zhong Yang
The aim of the tutorial is to provide an introduction of the BSN concept, the associated technologies and the theories behind the concept to researchers and academics who are interested is the BSN related research. In addition, the tutorial will include a number of hands-on sessions to give the participants an opportunity to implement and gain some first hand experience in building BSN applications using the BSN development kit and the BSN Operating System (BSN OS). BSN development kits will be lent to participants for the hands-on sessions during the tutorial. We will also introduce the new BSN node in this year's BSN tutorial.
The objective of the tutorial is to give attendees an introduction as well as some practical knowledge on following:
  • The concept of BSN
  • Basic theories behind BSN
  • BSN hardware
  • Ultra-low power radio transceivers
  • Wireless networking
  • BSN Operating System (BSN OS)
Please note that limited complimentary copies of the new 2nd Edition of the Body Sensor Networks book will be given to registered participants of the BSN Platform Tutorial.

Intl. Workshop on Automated Sensor Based Mobility Analysis for Disease Prevention and Treatment

Date: 16.06.2014, 14:00 - 17:30
Room: HG D3.2
Organizers: Jochen Klucken, Bjoern Eskofier
Website: http://www.amase.de/Workshop_BSN_2014_Mobility_Analysis.pdf
Mobility defines the quality of life in health and disease. Sensor based information on gait and mobility is increasingly introduced into healthy living and disease monitoring. It supports primary prevention, diagnostic work-up and therapeutic decisions in a variety of disorders. In an ageing society, impairment of motor function is of increasing medical and economical relevance. In particular neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disorders reduce the ability to move independently and limit the autonomy of patients. Even though the disease causing mechanisms are specific for each disorder, mobility in general is limited. This fact makes mobility an important surrogate marker for disease severity and progress, but more importantly for therapeutic decisions and quality of life.Currently, modern body sensor network based motion detection systems are developed that (I) assess motor function in primary prevention and throughout the course of numerous movement disorder diseases, (II) provide objective measurement for therapeutic efficacy in clinical studies, and (III) support therapeutic decisions. The workshop will focus on the current knowledge and applications of body sensor network based motion detection systems in the clinic. It will bring together technical experts and physicians specialized in movement disorders to discuss the recent advances in the field of automated mobility analysis. The half-day symposium will provide a forum for academia, clinicians, industry, health insurance, and governing bodies to exchange ideas and to promote collaboration.

Machine Learning for Body Sensor Networks

Date: 16.06.2014, 14:00 - 17:30
Room: HG D1.2
Organizers: Anna Förster, Alessandro Puiatti
Website: http://annafoerster.dti.supsi.ch/machine-learning-for-bsn/
Machine learning is a family of algorithms and techniques, extremely useful for processing large amounts of fuzzy and unstructured data to learn the underlying model. This is especially relevant for body sensor networks, where multi-modal sensor data needs to be analysed and merged into consistent models and recognition processes. Furthermore, machine learning is also very useful for networking and communication protocols, where it is able to achieve robustness, flexibility and high resource efficiency.
In this tutorial we will explore some of the main machine learning techniques, including reinforcement learning, decision tree learning, and neural networks. We will compare their properties and will evaluate their advantages in the context of various application scenarios and problems. We will see some real world examples for their usage in the general area of body sensor networks and user-centric sensing. The tutorial will be interactive in nature and application areas and discussions from the audience are highly welcome.

Wearable Body Sensor Networks for Motor and Cognitive Rehabilitation

Date: 19.06.2014, Full day
Room: HG E3
Organizers: Domen Novak, Lorenzo Chiari, Elisabetta Farella, Nicola Vitiello
Website: http://www.sms.hest.ethz.ch/bsn2014/
Motor and cognitive impairments due to chronic disease, neurodegenerative disorders or aging represent a major challenge for the biomedical community. They result not only in decreased quality of life for the impaired, but also place a strain on society. However, wearable body sensor networks offer several possibilities for preventing and managing such impairments.
For example, wearable sensors can serve as an interface for serious games, allowing patients to perform physical and cognitive exercises in varied, engaging virtual environments in the clinic or at home. During such exercises, the same sensors collect functional and physiological information that can be assessed by therapists or used by the game to automatically provide feedback. In a different application, wearable sensors could be used to control assistive devices. For example, in a lower limb amputee, the motion of the remaining leg and upper body can be used to guide a powered prosthesis.
However, despite their potential, wearable body sensor networks have not been widely adopted in rehabilitation. This workshop will thus bring together technical and clinical experts to discuss the state of the art of wearable sensors in rehabilitation of motor and cognitive impairments. Particular target populations of interest include stroke, Parkinson's disease and amputees.

Glass and Eyewear Computers - exploring a new dimension for personal assistance

Date: 19.06.2014, 09:00 - 12:30
Room: HG D1.1
Organizers: Daniel Roggen, Paul Lukowicz, Martin White, Andreas Bulling, Kristof Van Laerhoven
Website: http://www.ess.tu-darmstadt.de/gec14/
A major recent wearable computing breakthrough is the "eyewear computer", after more than 20 years of academic research from the first prototypes developed e.g. at MIT. This includes Glass from Google and many related devices (e.g. from Oculus, Motorola, NTT Docomo).
As an example, Glass resembles normal off-the-shelf spectacles, yet comprises a processor running Android, an inertial measurement unit to sense head movements, a microphone and front-facing camera, and an eye-blink sensor. Interaction with glass is done by touch and speech. Glass provides audio and visual information through a bone conducting speaker and a translucent display.
With such rich sensing and feedback, eyewear computers open up a unique new dimension for assistive technologies, in applications ranging from healthcare to industrial.
In this full-day workshop you will first learn about the capabilities of modern eyewear computer with a 2h hands-on tutorial on Google Glass. This will be followed by author's presentations of their peer-reviewed contributions (on applications, algorithms, hardware modifications, etc). This will show us where this technology provides unique advantages.
For authors, a call for paper (4 pages, IEEE 2 columns, extended April 11th) will follow, submissions are peer reviewed and published in the BSN workshop proceedings.

Equivital BSN

Date: 19.06.2014, 09:00 - 12:30
Room: HG D1.2
Organizers: Ekta Sood, Ben Walsh
This workshop will look to engage participants through the open exchange of ideas and opinions focused on Real World Data. The workshop will explore the definition of Real World Data and then branch out into discussing its value and how it is currently being acquired and used across a variety of real world applications. The workshop will use the market leading Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor, as an example of wearable technology utilised in real world settings and will feature guest speakers and users.
In the sessions we will aim to move away from the hype around wearable technologies to discussing the reality of how wearable technologies can be applied effectively in every day and more extreme settings.
Session topics to be covered will be:
  • Real World Data: A definition of real world data, the value and power of real world data.
  • Acquisition of real world data: Wearable technologies, environmental sensing, objective to the subjective
  • Real world data applications: Current applications in Military, Industrial, Healthcare research and Pharma Clinical Trials.
  • Utilisation of real world data: Making data into actionable information, the importance of data visualisation.
  • Real world data Insights: Looking into the future


Composing sensing systems with the all new Shimmer3 Platform and new range of sensing modules

Date: 19.06.2014, 14:00 - 17:30
Room: HG D1.2
Organizer: Niamh O'Mahony
Website: http://www.shimmersensing.com/news/shimmer-at-bsn-2014
This workshop is aimed at developers and end users of wireless, wearable sensing solutions, with applications across a wide range of fields, including clinical, market research, assisted living, elite sports and ambulatory monitoring, in both research and commercial contexts.
Attendees will be taken, step-by-step, through all stages of the development and creation of custom sensing solutions in fixed-location, mobile, and longitudinal settings. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the all new Shimmer3 platform and the range of sensing modules that expand its functionality to allow the capture of both biophysical data and 10 DOF inertial and kinematic data on a single device.
Attendees will be shown how they can leverage the functionality of the Shimmer3 platform in their applications, from firmware development and data acquisition tools, through to end-user systems. Firmware development via TI',s Code Composer Studio integrated development environment, as well as open source development environments, will be discussed and a detailed overview of Shimmer development tools for LabVIEW, MATLAB, C# and Android, and of new software tools for BSN applications, will be given.
Attendees will also be treated to a presentation on the development of end user solutions (either clinical or performance related) from a non-Shimmer affiliated presenter.

Call for workshops

The deadline for the Call for Workshop proposals has passed. The initial Call for Workshop proposals can be found here.