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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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October 21, 2014

Speaker: Alvaro Joffre Uribe Quevedo, University of Bogota, Colombia

Title: Quantifying Exercise and Motivating Users into Physical Activity

Abstract: Physical exercise assessment is a subjective activity. Although information about heart rate, weight, muscle growth and flexibility can be measured, motion is still visually estimated and its execution varies accordingly to its interpretation and the physical characteristics of each person. Exercise guides are available on printed or digital media; however, some of them are difficult to interpret. This poses feedback challenges regarding their proper execution.

Virtual reality and 3DUIs provide engaging scenarios where users can perform physical activity while being monitored at the same time. In this talk I will describe my research, which involves developing two interactive scenarios using a smartphone and a Kinect to analyze the suitability of both applications as potential complementary tools to quantify exercise and motivate users to partipate in physical activity. From the feedback, the applications provide engagement according to the type of user and allow a health-care specialist to quantify the experience and take corrective measures through the monitored data.