A Smartphone Application to Monitor, Model and Promote Wellbeing

Investigators – Tanzeem Choudhury

BeWell is the next generation in mobile health apps. The BeWell app continuously tracks user behaviors along three key health dimensions without requiring any user input. Classification algorithms run directly on the phone to automatically infer the user’s sleep duration, physical activity, and social interaction. In addition to classifying activities that influence health, BeWell also computes a weighted score between 0 and 100 for each health dimension. A score of a 100 indicates that the user is matching or exceeding recommended guidelines (e.g., averaging eight hours sleep per day). BeWell also promotes improved behavioral patterns via persuasive feedback as part of an animated aquatic ecosystem rendered as an ambient display on the smartphone’s wallpaper screen.


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