New Research Students. Additional Grants Awarded.

There are many new items to report for the Wearable Computer Research group this fall semester!

New Undergraduate Researchers

With the graduation of Sophia Cronin (Microsoft) and Jonathan Li (Dev Technology Group) we are in need of new undergraduate researchers. We are excited to have join the research group:

  • Megan Caulfield (JMU Engineering '24): will continue development of wearable and electronic textile solutions to provide feedback during movement correction.
  • Dawson Dolanksy (JMU Computer Science '23): will focus on extending our real-time management and streaming for inertial measurement units to provide high-quality data during activity recognition and feedback.
  • Riley White (JMU Computer Science '23): brings new capabilities in machine learning to the research group. As an already peer-reviewed author he will develop new methods for skill estimation during physical therapy exercises.
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New Grants Awarded

Two new grants have been awarded to support our work in physical therapy rehabilitation:

  • An external 4-VA grant "Designing Wearable Systems for Movement Correction in Physical Therapy Applications" was awarded between JMU and Virginia Tech (Dr. Tom Martin Co-PI) to support prototyping efforts and travel to the ICAT studios to capture high-resolution motion capture data. A short abstract is available.

  • An internal JMU CISE grant was awarded with Dr. Heather Kirkvold (Co-PI) to enable textiles prototyping in the new JMU Engineering Textiles studio with undergraduate researchers.

Overall, the group continues to build out its technical capabilities to prototype wearable recognition and feedback systems for physical exercises. With these new additions and funding mechanisms we expect continued growth in productivity and opportunities for our undergraduate researchers.

Jason Forsyth
Associate Professor of Engineering

Jason Forsyth is an Associate Professor of Engineering at James Madison University. His major research interests are in wearable/ubiquitous computing and engineering education. His current research interests focus on on-body human activity recognition and interactive machine learning for physical therapy patients and practitioners to increase exercise adherence and clinical evaluation.