An Instrumented Apartment to Monitor Human Behavior: A Pilot Case Study in the NeuroTec Loft

Gerber, Stephan M; Single, Michael; Knobel, Samuel E J; Schütz, Narayan; Bruhin, Lena C; Botros, Angela; Naef, Aileen C; Schindler, Kaspar A; Nef, Tobias (2022). An Instrumented Apartment to Monitor Human Behavior: A Pilot Case Study in the NeuroTec Loft. Sensors, 22(4), p. 1657. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/s22041657

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For patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders, the behavior and activities of daily living are an indicator of a change in health status, and home-monitoring over a prolonged period of time by unobtrusive sensors is a promising technology to foster independent living and maintain quality of life. The aim of this pilot case study was the development of a multi-sensor system in an apartment to unobtrusively monitor patients at home during the day and night. The developed system is based on unobtrusive sensors using basic technologies and gold-standard medical devices measuring physiological (e.g., mobile electrocardiogram), movement (e.g., motion tracking system), and environmental parameters (e.g., temperature). The system was evaluated during one session by a healthy 32-year-old male, and results showed that the sensor system measured accurately during the participant’s stay. Furthermore, the participant did not report any negative experiences. Overall, the multi-sensor system has great potential to bridge the gap between laboratories and older adults’ homes and thus for a deep and novel understanding of human behavioral and neurological disorders. Finally, this new understanding could be utilized to develop new algorithms and sensor systems to address problems and increase the quality of life of our aging society and patients with neurological disorders.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Single, Michael Andreas; Knobel, Samuel Elia Johannes; Schütz, Narayan; Bruhin, Lena Carolina; Botros, Angela Amira; Naef, Aileen; Schindler, Kaspar and Nef, Tobias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

1424-8220

Publisher:

Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Aileen Charlotte Naef

Date Deposited:

08 Mar 2022 16:24

Last Modified:

28 Jun 2022 10:13

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/s22041657

PubMed ID:

35214560

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/166038

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/166038

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