RERC TechSAge: A Mobile Application to Measure Gait Speed

Faculty: 
Brian Jones, David Byrd
Students: 
Akhil Oswal, Youssef Asaad

Multiple studies have shown a consistently strong association between gait speed of frail older adults and negative functional (e.g., survival) and activity outcomes. However, health care professionals have been slow to measure this physiologic parameter, largely due to the lack of a simple, standardized way of measuring it. The purpose of this project is to develop a reliable, simple, and cost-effective mobile app to measure gait speed and demonstrate the feasibility of this measure as a predictive tool to identify risk of functional decline and activity limitation in frail elders who are aging with ambulatory disability.

Lab: 
Director: 
Brian D. Jones
Students: 
Graduate: Sharon Ang, Kristin Hare, Jayanth Mohana Krishna, Akhil Oswal, Jessica Tsui; Undergraduate: William Gao, Fengrui (ChenChen) Zuo

Generally, people spend a good amount of time in their home performing everyday activities like: sleeping, eating, cooking, relaxing, entertaining, and so on; thus, it comes as no surprise that the home plays a key role in our health, lifestyle, and well-being. The Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) at Georgia Institute of Technology is an interdisciplinary research endeavor aimed at addressing the fundamental technical, design, and social challenges for people in a home setting. Central to this research is the Aware Home, a 3-story, 5040 square foot facility designed to facilitate research, while providing an authentic home environment. Research domains include: 1. Health and Well-being, 2. Sustainability, 3. Entertainment, 4. Connected Living / Home Management.