ECE Researchers win Best Paper Award at the HealthyIoT 2019 Conference

Professor Yingying Chen and her student Zhenzhe Lin have won the Best Paper Award at the 6th EAI International Conference on IoT Technologies for HealthCare (HealthyIoT 2019) for their paper titled "WiFi-enabled Automatic Eating Moment Monitoring Using Smartphones." HealthyIoT is an international scientific event series dedicated to the Internet of Things and Healthcare. HealthyIoT aims to bring together technology experts, researchers, industry and international authorities contributing towards the design, development and deployment of healthcare solutions based on IoT technologies, standards and procedures. The paper is the outcome of a collaborative effort with researchers from Indiana University & Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Louisiana State University (LSU).

The abstract of the award winning paper is below:

Dietary habits are closely correlated with people's health. Studies reveals that unhealthy eating habits may cause various diseases such as obesity, diabetes and anemia. To help users create good eating habits, eating moment monitoring plays a significant role. However, traditional methods mainly rely on manual self-report or wearable devices, which either require much user effort or intrusive dedicated hardware. In this work, we propose a user effort-free eating moment monitoring system by leveraging the WiFi signals extracted from the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones. In particular, the proposed system captures the eating activities of users to determine the eating moments. It can further identify the fine-grained food intake gestures (e.g., eating with fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks and barehand) to estimate the detailed eating episode for each food intake gesture. Utilizing the dietary information, the system shows the potential to infer the food category and food amount.

Congratulations to Yingying and her team on this recognition!