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Living Science Core

A unique home-like setting where researchers are able to investigate human behavior for prolonged periods.

Measurements gathered from the instrumentation allow researchers to gain the information necessary for the calibration and/or validation of wearable activity monitors. Data generated can serve many research study designs, ranging from the development of the next generation of wearable and embedded monitoring devices to basic studies looking to objectively evaluate how individuals spend time in a natural setting.

The Living Science core provides:

  • Viso video capture and Observer XT video coding software by Noldus, allowing researchers the ability assess both the quality and duration of activity where participants can act “naturally” in this home-like setting.
  • Equipped with an Oxycon Mobile metabolic system that can be used to assess energy expenditure and macro-nutrient utilization, for short durations (i.e. 1-2 hours).
  • Houses several research grade wearable activity monitors, which allow newly designed devices to be compared to industry standards.
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Oxycon Mobile portable respiratory gas exchange system
  • 10 - Actigraph BT3X+BT Accelerometers
  • 10 - Actigraph Link Accelerometers
  • ActivPAL Acclerometers
  • Noldus Viso Observation System
  • Noldus Observer XT Video Coding System
  • Custom Shaker for Activity Monitor Calibration/Validation
  Campus Users Other Academic Institutions Industry Unit
Apartment $10 $16 $17 hour
Oxycon Mobile $16 $26 $28 hour
Activity Monitor Shaker $5 $10 $12 hour
Actigraph Link $8
Actigraph GT3X BTLE $7
ActivPal $10
Actigraph/ActivPal Laptop Computer $8 $13 $14 day
Training $75 $100 $130 hour
Technician $75 $100 $130 hour
Rates are subject to change, contact facility to verify current fees.
*costs reflect the use of equipment by a PI/Partner furnished staff who have been certified for use by the Core Director, if staffing is required additional rates will apply.
Updated October 4, 2017

Training for new users consists of:

  • lab safety training,
  • operation of the instrument and associated software,
  • use of data analysis software,
  • exporting or presenting data,
  • clean up and shutdown of the instrumentation.

Facility Online Manager (FOM) (access and reservations)

Michael joined IALS as the founding director of the Human Testing Center having completed two postdoctoral fellowships - one in biomechanics and the other in physical activity monitoring. Michael has a wide range of research experience across many domains of human study including: biomechaics, motor control, exercise physiology, and physical activity and health. Michael holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Poetland, MS in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University, and a PhD in Biomechanics/Motor Control from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Facility Staff

Michael BusaMichael Busa, Director
(413) 577-0574


S360 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003

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