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Measuring Gait and Balance Workshop: Session 1

Speaker  Ran Gilad-Bachrach, Kat Steele, Eric Horvitz, and Shomir Chaudhuri

Affiliation  MSR, University of Washington

Host  Ran Gilad-Bachrach

Duration  02:10:07

Date recorded  23 May 2014

Opening, Ran Gilad-Bachrach - Microsoft Research

Talk 1: New tools and techniques for clinical gait analysis

Kat Steele - University of Washington

Instrumented clinical gait analysis has become a standard part of clinical care for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. Gait analysis provides a wealth of quantitative data; however, interpreting the deluge of data and making patient-specific treatment decisions remains challenging. Additionally, traditional gait analysis systems are prohibitively expensive and limited to ‘in lab’ conditions that may not reflect mobility and participation in daily life. We will discuss new tools and techniques, including dynamic musculoskeletal simulation, imaging, and ubiquitous computing that have the potential to improve patient-specific treatment planning and extend analysis of human movement outside of the lab.

Welcome to Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz - Microsoft Research

Talk 2: The Perceived Usability of Fall Detection Devices for Older Adults

Shomir Chaudhuri - University of Washington

A third of adults over the age of 65 are estimated to fall at least once a year. Perhaps more dangerous than the fall itself is the time spent after a fall, especially if the fallen person is unable to stand or move. While there are many devices available to detect when a person has fallen, little is known about the opinions of older adults regarding these devices. To explore this issue, we conducted 5 focus groups at 3 different older adult communities with 27 participants. Transcripts were coded to generate themes that captured participants’ overall perceptions. In this presentation, I will discuss issues and concerns with current fall detection systems and suggest improvements based on participants' feedback.

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