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UMass: Doctoral Student Receives Best Student Presentation Award at International Conference

Mr. Rob Marcotte, a doctoral student in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, received the “Best Student Oral Presentation” award at the 2019 International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM), held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Sponsored by the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, ICAMPAM brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, clinicians, therapists, signal analysts, computational scientists and commercial companies, to promote and facilitate the study and applications of objective physical activity measurement.

A member of associate professor Dr. John Sirard’s Physical Activity and Health Lab, Mr. Marcotte presented his lab’s research comparing activity classification accuracy (i.e., walking, sitting, standing, bicycling) among various time window lengths using a wrist-worn activity monitor. Despite speculation that the use of time-varying windows, also known as sojourns, may improve activity classification, Mr. Marcotte’s results showed that overall classification accuracy was worse using sojourns, with many of the misclassifications occurring between ambulatory and standing behaviors.

“This presentation was the result of an evolving collaborative effort,” notes Mr. Marcotte.

Mr. Marcotte’s research was funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01DK110148: Novel Accelerometer Calibration and Validation in Children and Adolescents, led by principal investigators Drs. Sirard and John Staudenmayer of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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