About Us: Lab Facilities
The mHealth lab is co-located in a beautiful space in 177 Huntington Avenue, at the edge of the Northeastern University campus closest to the heart of downtown Boston. The space includes our workspaces and the human-computer interaction lab. We are co-located with the research groups of other faculty members working in personal health informatics, and on adjacent floors many groups working in data science, network science, and health systems research. We are a short walk from Northeastern’s West Village H building, which houses the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and Northeastern’s Behrakis building, which is the home base for the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Behrakis and houses the Exercise Science Lab, which our group makes use of, and the Medical Simulation Center.
mHealth and HCI Laboratory
The mHealth workspace supports the development of mobile health technologies. It is equipped with a suite of mobile phones, smartphones, and wearable sensing electronics. We have facilities and equipment for testing mobile phones and miniature sensors, including electronic shaker equipment, a variety of motion measurement devices (e.g., Actigraphs), tablet computers, consumer electronic fitness measurement devices (e.g., pedometers, scales), and an Oxycon Mobile portable calorimeter system. Soon we will have a home-based polysomnography system. We also have sets of custom-designed and built miniature mobile sensors for the body and the home that are used in ubiquitous computing prototyping and experimentation, and a cluster of high-performance workstations useful for conducting applied machine learning experiments.
The HCI lab on our floor supports the development and evaluation of advanced human computer interface technologies. The laboratory includes rooms used for interviewing, observing human subjects, and testing in-home and mobile sensor technologies, as well as additional space for software development computers. Other computers are specially equipped for video capture, review, and editing. The lab has a range of display devices for experimentation, including multiple 65”+ displays. The lab includes a mock living room that can be used for rapid prototyping and testing of home and wearable-based persuasive sensor systems. We are currently constructing a sophisticated bicycle simulator for research on active transportation.
Exercise Science Laboratory
The mHealth group also has access to the Bouvé Exercise Science Lab, which can be used to test physical activity sensor systems. This lab has cardiopulmonary function and aerobic assessment equipment, body composition measurement devices, anaerobic power assessment equipment, skeletal muscle strength and endurance analysis equipment, and energy expenditure assessment equipment (including portable).
Bouvé Simulation Laboratory
The mHealth group also has access to the Arnold S. Goldstein Interprofessional Laboratory Suite. The facility consists of a set of transformable labs and debriefing rooms. Each lab can be set up as a variety of practice environments including, hospital rooms, operating rooms, exam rooms, office spaces, conference rooms, home care settings or even a dorm room. Each lab contains video and audio capture technology used to record student experiences as they interact with the latest high-fidelity human patient simulators, patient actors, faculty and other students. Recorded simulation experiences can be played back and analyzed during structured debriefing sessions.
Some background on Northeastern…
Some background on Northeastern…