University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday December 07, 2012. 03:30 pm. GUGG 205

GPS for diabetes: A multi-sensor framework for integrating data from geo-location, diabetes and exercise devices

Jochen Wendel

University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Geography

Abstract: Living an active lifestyle and exercising regularly is an essential part of modern diabetes therapy and relevant to all patients with diabetes. Modern insulin therapy such as insulin pump therapy enabled patients to live a more flexible lifestyle with reduced burden. However, there are still many considerations type 1 diabetics have to consider before, during and after sports activity to avoid hypo- and hyperglycemia. Many type 1 diabetics struggle to set an optimal treatment profile based on the activity and begin to experience low blood glucose values during sports activity, followed by high blood glucose values after the activity. By including geographic location and geographic data with medical data, relationships between geographic location and blood glucose values can be established. This research describes successful automatic implementation of a multi-sensor visualization framework of medical sensor data with geographic location data. Analysis of the data shows a strong relationship between geographic location and blood glucose values. Drawing conclusions form these relationships can improve blood glucose prediction models which might be essential for improving algorithms for the development of the artificial pancreas.

Geography colloquium series was made possible by the generous support from The Beirne Carter Foundation.