Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services. First International ICST Conference, MobiCASE 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, October 26-29, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Nutrition Monitor: A Food Purchase and Consumption Monitoring Mobile System

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-12607-9_1,
        author={Kyle Dorman and Marjan Yahyanejad and Ani Nahapetian and Myung-kyung Suh and Majid Sarrafzadeh and William McCarthy and William Kaiser},
        title={Nutrition Monitor: A Food Purchase and Consumption Monitoring Mobile System},
        proceedings={Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services. First International ICST Conference, MobiCASE 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, October 26-29, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBICASE},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-12607-9_1}
    }
    
  • Kyle Dorman
    Marjan Yahyanejad
    Ani Nahapetian
    Myung-kyung Suh
    Majid Sarrafzadeh
    William McCarthy
    William Kaiser
    Year: 2012
    Nutrition Monitor: A Food Purchase and Consumption Monitoring Mobile System
    MOBICASE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12607-9_1
Kyle Dorman1,*, Marjan Yahyanejad1,*, Ani Nahapetian,*, Myung-kyung Suh1,*, Majid Sarrafzadeh,*, William McCarthy,*, William Kaiser,*
  • 1: UCLA Computer Science Department
*Contact email: kdorman@cs.ucla.edu, marjan@cs.ucla.edu, ani@cs.ucla.edu, dmksuh@cs.ucla.edu, majid@cs.ucla.edu, wmccarth@ucla.edu, kaiser@ee.ucla.edu

Abstract

The challenge of monitoring food intake can be facilitated by the truly transformational power of mobile phones. Mobile phones provide a pervasive and fairly ubiquitous infrastructure, which we leverage to provide cost-effective, high quality aids to behavior monitoring and modification. Additionally, the technology allows public health messages to reach certain target groups, such as youth and members of low-income communities, which may not otherwise be practical. Our system leverages the existing mobile phone infrastructure. We use the highly capable computational and data-gathering platform of mobile phones to facilitate the collection, transmission and processing of data for purposes of monitoring in the field, behavior and activity classification, and timely behavioral cuing. The nature of mobile phones coupled with a web-interface also allow for customization and personalization, retrieval of nutrition information on demand, as well as the ability to truly monitor the user’s consumption trends.