Technology & Analysis Core

The Technology & Analysis Core, lead by Prof. Misha Pavel, aims to enhance both the scalability and effectiveness of the clinical protocols and approaches to caring for older adults in the home. The support of this Core enables nurse researchers to focus the important protocol questions without having to be distracted by the complex implementation issues associated with deploying technology, collecting the data related to use of technology in health interventions, and storing collected data in a secure and private manner. The mentoring and training provided by this Core will serve to facilitate the needed interdisciplinary research required to test the best possible implementation of our ideas.


  • To support pilot projects with mentoring and specific consultation on experimental design and analysis.
  • To support pilot projects with assistance on sensor technology, mobile assessment techniques, and coaching software and communications platforms.
  • To support pilot projects with recommendations and infrastructure for data sampling, filtering, storage, and privacy/security assurances.

Core Faculty

Misha Pavel, PhD (Lead) – Professor, Bouvé College of Healthy Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, and the College of Computer & Information Science, Northeastern University

Iman Khaghani Far, PhD – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Computer & Information Science, Northeastern University

Relevant publications

Design and Evaluation of an Interactive Exercise Coaching System for Older Adults: Lessons Learned.
Ferda Ofli, Gregorij Kurillo, Stepan Obdrzalek, Ruzena Bajcsy, Holly Jimison, Misha Pavel.  IEEE 2015.

Current and Future Challenges in Point-of-Care Technologies: A Paradigm-Shift in Affordable Global Healthcare With Personalized and Preventive Medicine.
Atam P Dhawan, William J Heetderks, Misha Pavel, Soumyadipta Acharya, Metin Akay, Anurag Mairal, Bruce Wheeler, Clifford C Dacso, T Sunder, Nigel Lovell, Martin Gerber, Milind Shah, SG Senthilvel, May D Wang, Balram Bhargava. IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. 2015:3, pp 1-10.

Comparative assessment of sleep quality estimates using home monitoring technology.
Jose M Perez-Macias, Holly Jimison, Ilkka Korhonen, Misha Pavel. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE.

Unobtrusive measurement of daily computer use to detect mild cognitive impairment
Jeffrey Kaye, Nora Mattek, Hiroko H Dodge, Ian Campbell, Tamara Hayes, Daniel Austin, William Hatt, Katherine Wild, Holly Jimison, Misha Pavel. Alzheimer’s & Dementia. 2014:10(1), pp 10-17.

A Mobile/Web App for Long Distance Caregivers of Older Adults: Functional Requirements and Design Implications from a User Centered Design Process
Steven S Williamson, Paul N Gorman, Holly B Jimison. 2014 AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings.

Patient-Specific Interfaces to Health and Decision-Making Information.
Holly Jimison. Health Promotion and Interactive Technology: Theoretical Applications and Future Directions, 2013.

Mobile health technology evaluation: the mHealth evidence workshop.
Santosh Kumar, Wendy J Nilsen, Amy Abernethy, Audie Atienza, Kevin Patrick, Misha Pavel, William T Riley, Albert Shar, Bonnie Spring, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Donald Hedeker, Vasant Honavar, Richard Kravitz, R Craig Lefebvre, David C Mohr, Susan A Murphy, Charlene Quinn, Vladimir Shusterman, Dallas Swendeman. Am J Prev Med 2013:45(2) pp 228-236.

The role of technology and engineering models in transforming healthcare.
Misha Pavel, Holly B Jimison, Howard D Wactlar, Tamara L Hayes, Will Barkis, Julia Skapik, Jeff Kaye. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 2013:1, pp 156-177.

Accuracy and robustness of Kinect pose estimation in the context of coaching of elderly population.
Stepan Obdrzalek, Gregorij Kurillo, Ferda Ofli, Ruzena Bajcsy, Edmund Seto, Holly Jimison, Misha Pavel. Engineering in medicine and biology society (EMBC), 2012 annual international conference of the IEEE.

Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA)
Saul Shiffman, Arthua A. Stone, Michael R. Hufford. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2008. 4:1-32.