For the last couple years, the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health has been working on an important emerging area of health research — how to improve the collection, storing, management, and sharing of data from wearable sensor devices. Over these last two years, a team of sensor researchers, technologists, and behavioral scientists have been gathering and sharing notes, and coming up with ideas for the future. Not only does this initiative have relevance for the FitBits, Shines, Jawbones, iWatches, etc. — all those personal fitness devices you and your friends and family are using today. But, it has the potential to affect how the next generation of devices interact with one another, via their data and metadata, over the Cloud. This initiative is called the “Repository for Algorithm Development in Ambulatory Research — or simply RADAR. Kudos to NCI for kick-starting this effort.
I wasn’t able to make all the various conferences where the RADAR team met, but it was great to be a member of the group, and to interact with the many bright minds on the team. NCI should be releasing the final report “any day now”.