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Engineering Health Technology for Automatic Dietary Monitoring

March 3, 2017

Temiloluwa Prioleau, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow, Scalable Health Initiatives Laboratory, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rice University

About the Presentation: Two key factors notably impact our health and wellbeing, namely, dietary behavior and physical activity. Food is the primary source of energy and nutrients to grow, heal and strengthen the body. Advances in technology enable the possibility of personalized and ubiquitous monitoring of dietary and physical activities in daily living. This talk will present state-of-the-art research towards objective monitoring of dietary behavior using wearable and mobile systems for application in the fight against obesity and diabetes. Quantified knowledge of short- and long-term dietary behavior can contribute towards better understanding of the relationship between eating behavior and health outcomes. Imagine the potential of a FitBit for Eating?

About the Presenter: Dr. Prioleau’s research interest is in the areas of human-centric sensing, health monitoring and activity recognition using mobile technology. Her previous and current research focuses on wearable systems for automatic dietary monitoring and bio-behavioral sensing using mobile systems. As a postdoc at Rice University, she works with Prof. Sabharwal and Prof. Veeraraghavan in the Scalable Health Lab. She received her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (2016) and her bachelor’s degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from University of Texas at Austin (2010). Dr. Prioleau is a recipient of several awards including the Rice Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship and 2014 Best Student Paper at IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBC) conference.