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This project examines physical activity for study participants with and without type II diabetes diagnosis over one year. The collected data is transferred, merged, processed and evaluated with the help of inferential statistical and exploratory data mining processes. VolkswagenStiftung VW ZN3426.

PervaSafe Computing

The PervaSafe focuses on combining the safety-critical requirements and system aspects of control rooms, using human-centred design processes and wearable sensing. An SPP2199 project sponsored by the DFG.


Research project with Professor Soudi to digitize African sign language using mobile sensing and crowd sourcing. Funded by the BMBF German-African Innovation Incentive Award.

Long-term activity recognition

Activities play a key role in the way we structure our lives. The type of activity, how it is performed, and with whom, can reveal a person's intention, habit, fitness, state of mind, and social connectedness; This project aims at detecting a person's activities continuously over weeks and months, using a small and wrist-worn sensor unit. An Emmy Noether Project sponsored by the DFG.


This project tackles the challenge of attention and cognitive load of surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Its goals are to model, sense and act upon attention in the operation theatre of the future, with endoscopes acting as attention-driven assistants for the surgeons. Funded by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency).

Ambulatory smoking detection

Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when entirely used as intended. This project is about quantifying one's personal smoking behaviour in an inconspicuous way. A smoker can gain insight into his smoking triggers, gain more insights about his addiction and get personalized smoking cessation material.

Grasped object detection

For many tasks, combining the knowledge of what objects were grasped with what gestures were made with them can improve recognition of said tasks considerably. In this project we intend to look deeper in the combination of two relatively cheap technologies that enable identifying objects and interactions with these objects.

Train spotting

Recognising passing trains by their vibration signatures, by means of a network of small and easy-to-install inertial sensor nodes with embedded detection capabilities. The nodes together form a wireless sensor network that embeds the detection algorithms. With kind support from Deutsche Bahn.


A platform for simplifying development and deployment of sensor network solutions and the integration of body sensor network monitoring. It handles a variety of sensors and sensor types and copes with the complexity of heterogeneous sensor constellations.

Past Research Projects

Past research projects at Lancaster University (UK), TU Darmstadt (Germany) and Starlab Research (Belgium)