Smart Connected System for Health Assessment and Assistance


This research theme creates new smart connected IoT systems for health assessment and assistance. The purpose of this research is to connect Data, People and Systems in a variety of areas of value to health, such as networking, pervasive computing, advanced analytics, sensor integration, privacy and security, modeling of socio-behavioral and cognitive processes and system and process modeling. Effective solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical/medical needs, barriers to change, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyber-physical systems and an aging population. Such solutions demand multidisciplinary teams to address issues ranging from fundamental science and engineering to medical and public health practice.

Research Tasks

Floor activity tracking

  • Smart seismic sensors in the floor of each room allow activity tracking, or in the mattress allow sleep monitoring.
  • Identify family members and track activities
  • Fall detection and alarm
  • Monitor and assess health changes
    • Two feet differ and have an unbalance
    • Walking behavior changes

  • Trajectory tracking. Experiments conducted at the sensorweb lab.

Contact-free sleep monitoring
A smart sensor is designed to monitor the heart and respiratory rates, and body movement and posture, during the sleep.


IEEE Percom 2020 Best Paper Award:

Seat Dot

  • Real-time contactless sitting activity and vital monitoring
  • Features:
    • Contactless vital and activity monitoring
    • Potential implication of emotion and cognitive status
    • Privacy-preserving, real-time
  • Value proposition:
    • Productivity improvement
    • Risk reduction

Cage Dot

  • Real-time contactless animal activity and vital monitoring:
    • No commercially-available contactless devices for monitoring physiologic parameters in small mammals or reptiles;
    • Quantify the effects of drugs and vaccines

Smart Phone Assistive Technology

  • A smartphone can sense various body parameters via audio, vibration, and camera
  • Smartphone monitoring systems for recognizing cough

Faculty / Postdoctoral Associates / Students

  • WenZhan Song
  • Fangyu Li
  • Jose Clemente
  • Maria Valero
  • Zhiwei Luo
  • Sili Wang


Fangyu Li; Maria Valero; Jose Clemente; Zion Tse; WenZhan Song; Smart Sleep Monitoring System via Passively Sensing Human Vibration Signals; IEEE sensors journal, 21 (13), 2021.

Maria Valero; Jose Clemente; Fangyu Li; WenZhan Song; Health and sleep nursing assistant for real-time, contactless, and non-invasive monitoring; Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Volume 75 , 2021.

Jose Clemente; Maria Valero; Fangyu Li; Chengliang Wang; WenZhan Song; Helena: Real-time Contact-free Monitoring of Sleep Activities and Events around the Bed, 18th IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2020), 2020. [Mark Weiser Best Paper Award]

Fangyu Li; Jose Clemente; Maria Valero; Zion Tse; Sheng Li; WenZhan Song Smart Home Monitoring System via Footstep Induced Vibrations Journal Article IEEE Systems Journal, 2019.

Jose Clemente; Fangyu Li; Maria Valero; WenZhan Song; Smart Seismic Sensing for Indoor Fall Detection, Location and Notification. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2019

Fangyu Li; WenZhan Song; Changwei Li; Aiying Yang; Non-Harmonic Analysis based Instantaneous Heart Rate Estimation from Photoplethysmography. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). 2019

Fangyu Li; Jose Clemente; WenZhan Song; Non-intrusive and Non-contact Sleep Monitoring with Seismometer. IEEE GlobalSIP. 2018

Chengliang Wang; Yayun Peng; Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song. DPHK Real-Time Distributed Predicted Data Collecting based on activity pattern Knowledge mined from trajectories in Smart Environment. Frontiers of Computer Science, 2015.

Chengliang Wang; Qian Zheng; Yayun Peng; Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song. Distributed Abnormal Activity Detection in Smart Environments. Special issue on “Smart Learning with Sensor Network Technologies”, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2014.

Chengliang Wang; Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song. Trajectory Mining from Anonymous Binary Motion Sensors in Smart Environment. Elsevier Journal of Knowledge-Based Systems (KnoSys), 2012.

Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song; Mingsen Xu; Cheng-Liang Wang; Diane Cook; Xiaoming Huo. FindingHuMo: Real-Time Tracking of Motion Trajectories from Anonymous Binary Sensing in Smart Environments. The 32nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS12), 2012.

Debraj De; Shaojie Tang; Wen-Zhan Song; Diane Cook; Sajal K Das. ActiSen: Activity-aware Sensor Network in Smart Environments. Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC), 2012.

Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song; Shaojie Tang; Diane Cook. EAR: An Energy and Activity Aware Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks in Smart Environments. The Computer Journal, 2012.

Diane Cook; Wen-Zhan Song. Ambient intelligence and wearable computing: Sensors on the body, in the home, and beyond. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE), (2), 2009.

Shao-Jie Tang; Debraj De; Wen-Zhan Song; Diane Cook; Sajal Das. ActSee: Activity-Aware Radio Duty-Cycling for Sensor Networks in Smart Environments. The 8th IEEE International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems (IEEE INSS), 2011.