Boosting fitness and workplace performance looks to machine learning for answers

By Miran Lee, Principal Research Program Manager, Microsoft ResearchA field study exploring the usability of integrating fitness equipment into a workstation environment has researchers looking to tap next-generation machine learning innovations to address the seemingly elusive challenge of burning calories without ever leaving the desk. Elliptical trainers small enough to fit under a desk may seem like a perfect way to stay fit and be productive at work. But until recently no one had really studied the viability of successfully doing both at the same time. Suspecting that it’s much harder than it looks, Uichin Lee, an assistant professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), teamed up with Microsoft researchers in Asia to gauge how office workers integrated elliptical trainers into their workflow. The research, “Exploring…


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