Engineering and design

Wearable Technologies

Module code: 867H1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module you will learn about the fundamentals of wearable technologies, including:

  • technological (computing, communication, sensing, energy
  • algorithmic (signal processing and machine learning)
  • applicative aspects through a combination of theoretical analysis and hands-on experimentation.

You will learn what the unique characteristics offered by wearable technologies are. For example: accurate sensing of body and physiological parameters, which enables a "smart assistant" capable of reacting to the user's activities and needs. You will also learn about the unique challenges posed by their development alongside choice of technologies and human factors.

Throughout the module you will apply the theory in experimental laboratories using one of our custom wearable platforms.

Module learning outcomes

  • Evaluate critically the unique characteristics of wearable technologies and the novel possibilities they offer from a theoretical and practical perspective
  • Design wearable devices from requirement gathering to their evaluation and evaluate the implementation challenges and design tradeoffs
  • Employ state of the art approaches to realise sensor-based context-aware wearable systems within power, memory, speed, latency and performance targets
  • Describe and analyse the signal processing and applied machine learning techniques used for activity and context awareness