Nirmala Roy of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has received a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation, the university said in an April 26 news release.
The Indian American is an assistant professor of information systems and has received the prestigious award to advance his research on smart home technologies and wearable devices.
The grant, totaling $550,000 over five years, will support Roy’s work to design, develop, implement and evaluate in-home technologies with applications related to healthcare and smart computing, the university said.
With many smart home technologies and wearable devices on the market, collecting data on human behavior is easier than it has ever been, UMBC said.
The information collected via these devices can be used to support elderly adults and people with disabilities in living more independent lives, in their own homes, Roy noted in the report.
However, building computational methodologies for longitudinal health assessment can also be challenging due to the availability of emerging multimodal heterogeneous data sources, he said.
Through this NSF award, Roy will develop algorithms and create Cross-domain Autonomous Health Assessment technology that can account for the broad range of information reported by diverse users and their devices, UMBC noted in the release.
CATS will build upon previous work by Roy and his collaborators but will take a closer look at how combining multiple smart home technologies and wearable sensors can offer a more comprehensive understanding of a user’s everyday activities, particularly relating to the long-term health of older adults and people with disabilities, it said.
Roy will focus on analyzing consistencies and variations in habits among people who use smart home devices and wearable sensors.
“The smart home technologies proposed in this project can decrease the number of medical specialist visits and overall healthcare costs, and increase patient satisfaction and quality of life,” Roy emphasized in his CAREER proposal, the university said.
Research related to technologies that are now so intertwined with everyday life involves navigating through complex challenges, it added.
“Making these internet-of-things devices work in unison and mitigating the disparities across their sensing, sampling, energy, privacy, and accuracy inference are significant issues,” Roy continued.
The Indian American will work with UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Center for Women in Technology and Shriver Center, as well as Baltimore City Public Schools, to connect with student researchers and with community members who might want to participate in or learn about his work on smart home health technologies and eldercare.