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.
UbiLab’s entry, “Smart Home Tech for Public Health Surveillance,” will enable 24-hour data collection by leveraging information from more than 10,000 smart thermostats to help the Public Health Agency of Canada gain real-time insights into health behaviours such as physical activity, sedentary activity, and sleep.
The Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge is a partnership between the MaRS Discovery District, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It was launched one year ago, with more than 30 research teams and companies applying. MaRS and its partners are now working with the winning teams on their prototypes.
For more information, please see the MaRS news release.