IMMERSED IN: Ambient sensing—Nov. 2

DATE: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
TIME: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
LOCATIONJoin via Zoom.
SPEAKER: Dr. Brian Anthony, MIT.nano associate director and co-director of MIT’s Medical Electronic Device Realization Center


Ambient sensing—From the lab to the home

Ambient sensing is a promising avenue for affordable and minimally-intrusive health monitoring. Ambient sensors make contactless measurements and can be installed in several environments including the clinic or at home. Coupled with advances in algorithm design and machine learning, ambient sensors could assist with early detection of health decline, therefore easing healthcare burden and improving wellbeing by enabling early interventions.

An image of a person walking with another person looking at a computer.

This IMMERSED seminar will include live demonstrations of how motion capture and force sensors are used to measure gait in the lab, and how gait biomarkers can be extracted from ambient sensors (floor accelerometers).


Dr. Brian Anthony is the associate director of MIT.nano, faculty lead for the Industry Immersion Program in Mechanical Engineering, and co-director of the MIT Clinical Research Center. Anthony’s research focuses on the development of instrumentation and measurement solutions for manufacturing, medical diagnostics, and imaging systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical, and optical engineering—along with computer science and optimization—to create solutions.

In addition to his academic work, Anthony has extensive experience in market-driven technology innovation, product realization, and business entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection of information technology and advanced manufacturing. His teaching interests include the modeling of large-scale systems in a wide variety of decision-making domains and the development of optimization algorithms and software for analyzing and designing such systems.


IMMERSED is a monthly seminar in which we explore the possibilities enabled by immersive technology and interactive experiences. Technologies such as motion capture, virtual and augmented reality, photogrammetry, and related computational advances bestow the power to gather, process, and interact with data from multiple modalities, providing unique insights and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations.

IMMERSED examines how immersive technology is shaping innovations across the sciences and the arts through a mix of lectures, demonstrations, and tutorials. IMMERSED is sponsored by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, which provides space, tools, and a platform to connect scientists, engineers, artists, performers, and others through creative projects that bridge multiple disciplines.

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