June 10th, 2014 | Published in News
Congratulations to Laura Pina and Gillian Hayes, whose work was featured recently in Medical News Today in an article titled “Stress measured and advice delivered by app to help parents cope in real time“.
Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.
The system, called ParentGuardian, is the first to detect stress and present interventions in real-time – at the right time and in the right place. It combines a sensor worn on the wrist with a smart phone and tablet, as well as a server that analyses the data from the sensor.
Laura Pina, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of California, San Diego and former intern at Microsoft Research, presented her work at the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare May 20 to 23 2013 in Germany.