Towards zero-effort remote monitoring

Health data in Apple WatchWe live in a world where health technology is ubiquitous. From our smartphones and smartwatches to smart homes, our connected technology collects immense amounts of data which potential still has to be explored.

At the Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab) we design, develop, and evaluate technology that can be used with minimal burden to the user, with maximum reliability, and outstanding user experience. Zero-effort technology allows data to be collected without any attachments or markers on technology users.

The research team at the UbiLab is interested in exploring the following areas of health technology research:

  • mHealth and eHealth technology design for supporting population-level studies.
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, and health data analytics to support technology evaluation.
  • Wearables and zero-effort sensors for remote patient monitoring.
  • Applications of IoT technology for large-scale, population-level studies.
  • Global eHealth interventions using IoT technology for implementing hyper-local environment and health monitoring ecosystems.

We are looking for passionate students interested in working for the future of healthcare to join our research team.

  1. Jan. 18, 2021UbiLab director Plinio Morita discusses climate change research with Concept UW

    University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems professor, and Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab) director, Plinio Morita, discusses the use of IoT and wearable device data to better understand population health.

  2. Dec. 5, 2020UW study suggests smart home thermostats can help monitor patient health
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    The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab), headed by School of Public Health and Health Systems professor Plinio Morita, demonstrated that smart home thermostats can be used to monitor the health of older adults and home patients.

  3. May 3, 2018UbiLab wins Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge
    Plinio Morita and seven Ubilab team members.

    The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab), headed by School of Public Health and Heath Systems professor Plinio Morita, was one of three $25,000 winners in a national competition aimed at generating new methods to collect and use data in public health monitoring.

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We strive to design zero-effort health technology that can deliver the maximum benefit to users without an impact on their quality of life. Some of our projects include:

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