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Internet of Body

From the Internet of Things to the Internet of the Body:


Wearable Devices and Cognitive Computing for Personal Medical Assistance


As part of the Internet of the Body Project, scientists apply cognitive cloud analytics and machine learning to data from multiple wearable devices that are pre-processed in a "Cognitive Hypervisor".


Sophisticated wearable sensors can capture rich body-related information such as bio-signals and emotional states. The ability to collect, blend and understand on-body data in real-time promises significant changes to healthcare and related fields.

Combining wearable information with data from environmental, and social sources enables to create a sophisticated contextual patient model for early identifying and predicting health-related issues. This model will evolve to accurately detect and predict complex medical, health, or work-safety related issues, and identify new scientifically relevant patterns and interdependencies. Through cognitive functions and sentiment analysis in the “Cognitive Hypervisor” front-end, it becomes a fully cognitive medical companion for the patient and a virtual advisor for physicians.


In the short term off-the-shelf sensors (ECG, heartrate, temperature, accelerometer, etc.) are exploited to quickly create solutions for specific medical cases. In the intermediate term, data streams are interlinked through sophisticated analytics and machine learning algorithms to support more complex and generic medical applications. This enables to develop fundamentally new scientific insights towards better personalized medicine. In the longer term the wearer or patient is put at the center, providing new ways of interacting with computing systems, the environment, and remote specialists. This also expands the scope from medical and well-being to much more generic scenarios encountered in everyday life.


The Cognitive Hypervisor is one of several exciting projects within the IBM Research Frontiers Institute.


For the first time in history, IBM Research is inviting partners to explore the furthest horizons of our research. Frontiers Institute members enjoy access to IBM Research infrastructure and scientists, through the Institute’s research agenda. Technical staff from member companies, known as scholars-in-residence, even have the opportunity to work alongside our scientists. Together we’re pushing the limits of today’s technologies, developing tomorrow’s computing architectures, and imagining the implications on business and society. Co-located in IBM Research labs across the world, Frontiers Institute research focuses on three themes, with projects that are each led by a dedicated principal investigator and a team of scientists and engineers.

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Taken on September 27, 2016