Grant Title: “DH-Warfighter: Improving Warfighter Health by Early Detection of Digital Biomarkers”
Principal Investigator: Emmanuel Agu, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Health Delivery Institute
Funding Amount: $2.8 Million Over Four Years
Award Date: March 5, 2018
Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
The goal of the research is to create a smartphone application that can continuously monitor and assess a warfighter’s cognitive health based on smartphone biomarkers, which are physiological and behavioral measures collected through the subject’s smartphone. The smartphone sensing system will act as an early warning system for detecting warfighter’s ailments, especially regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) and infectious diseases. The goal of the system is not to diagnose but to flag potential problems and their causes. Subjects flagged by the app can then be assessed by a doctor to confirm or refute the condition. The system will not replace warfighter’s normal medical assessments, but will augment them, providing warfighters with problem detection outside of scheduled clinical appointments. Four PhD students are working on the project now and master’s students and MQP teams are expected to be involved in the future.