Kinesiology to Host ICAMPAM 2013

Jun 07 2013

On June 17-19, 2013, the Department of Kinesiology will host the 3rd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM) on the UMass Amherst campus. ICAMPAM will provide an international forum for researchers, clinicians, technologists and users to explore the latest advances and view the newest technologies in the field of ambulatory and sleep monitoring. It will also offer industry partners the opportunity to introduce their products to an audience of users and discuss future developments.

This year’s conference themes are physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep measurement. Session formats will include keynote and invited lectures, symposia, and oral and poster presentations.

Topics include:

  • Behavior and health outcomes
  • Data processing, statistics, computational methods
  • Validation and calibration
  • Engineering and tool development
  • Clinical applications

The conference organizers have assembled an extraordinary group of keynote and invited speakers including UMass faculty John Staudenmayer from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Rebecca Spencer from the Psychology Department. The full list of keynote and invited speakers, along with their topics, can be found on the ICAMPAM 2013 website. A special session on developing shared database resources in ambulatory monitoring research hosted by James McClain and Rick Troiano from the National Cancer Institute will take place on Sunday, June 16th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Details about this special event are posted on the conference website.

“Hosting this large international conference on our campus is timely, given the recent approval of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center investment in the new UMass Amherst Center for Personalized Health Monitoring,” points out Patty Freedson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and the conference’s local organizing committee co-chair. “Personal physical activity and sleep monitoring research will be only one area of focus of the Center. We will also develop and manufacture a wide array of biosensors and test nanotechnology-based on-body devices. This center will include faculty and industry partners who will develop and evaluate the next generation of wearable devices to evaluate health-related markers which will have a large impact on economic development in western Massachusetts.”

Industry sponsors for ICAMPAM 2013 include ActiGraph, PAL Technologies, McRoberts, GENEActiv, CamNtech, BodyMedia, and CareFusion. The American College of Sports Medicine and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences have provided additional support.

More information on the conference, along with links to registration and abstract submission, are available on the ICAMPAM 2013 website.