Digital Masterclass "What are you doing? Physical activity detection using mobile devices" Wednesday 7th December 18:00-19:00(GST)

Wednesday 7 December 2022 (18:00-19:00)

Join our masterclass on What are you doing? Physical activitiy detection using mobile devices and find out more about our MSc Computer Science programmes.


The last decade has seen the global proliferation first of mobile smartphones and then wearable devices. All of these devices come equipped with a number of sensors that are used by operating system's interface as well as various applications such as gaming and activity tracking. While wearables like fitness trackers are calibrated before use, smartphone apps that promise to do the same are not. In this session I will explain how apps can use the humble accelerometer sensors in an uncalibrated smartphone together with statistical signal processing techniques to track its carrier's physical activity and mode of transportation either overtly, in fitness tracking apps, or covertly, in apps disguised for other purposes. 

This event will take place on Zoom and a link will be shared upon booking.

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Dr. Muhammad Usman Ilyas, Assistant Professor in Computer Science 

Dr. Muhammad Usman Ilyas is currently serving as Assistant Professor (Computer Science) at the University of Birmingham - Dubai, UAE. Prior to that he was serving as Associate Professor (Computer and Network Engineering) at the College of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2016-2022. Prior to that he was appointed Assistant Professor (Electrical Engineering) at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan from 2011-2021. Before that he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU from 2010 to 2011 under the joint supervision of Prof. Hayder Radha and Prof. Alex X. Liu and Research Assistant from 2004. He also worked for Quartics LLC, Irvine, CA as an Embedded Software Engineer in 2006 and 2008, Engro Chemical Ltd., Karachi, as an Information Systems Engineer from 1999 to 2000, and Avaz Networks / Communications Enabling Technologies, Islamabad, as a Design Engineer (SoC) from 2000 to 2002.

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