3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Server-assisted context-dependent pervasive wellness monitoring

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        author={Archan Misra and Ben Falchuk and Shoshana Loeb},
        title={Server-assisted context-dependent pervasive wellness monitoring},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={smartphone remote monitoring privacy context energy-efficiency},
  • Archan Misra
    Ben Falchuk
    Shoshana Loeb
    Year: 2009
    Server-assisted context-dependent pervasive wellness monitoring
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5993
Archan Misra1, Ben Falchuk1, Shoshana Loeb1
  • 1: Advanced Technology Services, Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ, USA


Recent research on remote health monitoring solutions has focused largely on developing context-dependent, streamprocessing capabilities on a personal mobile hub (typically, a cellphone) for energy-efficient transmission of data collected from a set of body-worn medical sensors. In this paper, we argue that commercial deployment of such pervasive wellness monitoring will require the extension of such `context dependency' to the process of data collection (from the sensors to the mobile device) as well. In particular, the utilization of an individuals non-medical activity context, by the cellphone, in coordination with a backend server, is posited to be the key to supporting important objectives such as intermittent sensing and data security/privacy. The server-side platform is able to extract relevant context from a wide variety of personal or generic backend information streams; this context is then enriched by local context derived by the smartphone. We present an early outline of a middleware platform for supporting this objective.