Physical activity is important for the prevention and treatment of many diseases including diabetes, mental health, and some cancers. Unfortunately, physical activity is notoriously difficult to change. Only 15% of the Canadian population meet physical activity guidelines, with more educated and higher income people being more active.
Working closely with cities and local community organizations, and using mobile health technologies my research examines the best ways to design and build cities and towns that equitably increase physical activity for the entire population.
Bo earned a Bachelors in Engineering from Memorial Univeristy. With his professional and academic experience, he wishes to make a positive contribution to the Walkabily team and influence innovative and transformative work in the field of population health. In the attic of his mind, he is a firm believer that diversity of ideas is the rocket fuel for innovation.
I am a graduate of the Bachelor in Kinesiology Honours (Co-op) Degree at Memorial University. My honours research project, supervised by Dr. Fuller, focused on how playground features and proximity affect children’s playground based physical activity levels. As a co-op student, I had the opportunity to work with the City of St. John’s to help form the Healthy Communities Movement on the Northeast Avalon. I am passionate about increasing physical activity levels for all members of our community. I am very excited to work with Dr. Fuller and his Walkabilly team in the area of population health and physical activity.
Hui (Henry) Luan
Post Doctoral Fellow
I obtained my PhD in Planning from University of Waterloo, 2016. My research focuses on spatial and spatio-temporal modeling of health-related phenomena (e.g., food access and crime) using Bayesian approaches. The main aim is to detect spatial and spatio-temporal clusters of these phenomena and identify risk factors that contribute to the geographical disparities. Analysis results provide evidence for establishing public health intervention programs. I also strive to use more computationally efficient approaches to implement Bayesian models, i.e., Integrated Nested Laplace Approximation (INLA), other than Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC).
Desiree van Heerden
I am a BEng student at Memorial University, completing my first work term as part of the Walkabilly team. I am hoping to enter the field of biomedical engineering once I have completed my bachelor’s degree. My role as part of the Walkabilly team is to find efficient ways collecting and analyzing data from wearable devices. I am very excited to learn more about the relationship between technology and monitoring population physical activity.
Javad Rahimipour Anaraki
I have a Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, Memorial University, working on a new robust and scalable feature selection method by analyzing geometric characteristics of datasets. As a Walkabilly team member, I contribute to the analysis of accelerometer, GPS, and wearable device data.
MPH Practicum Student
I am graduate of a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Bkin) with honours from the Memorial University. I am in the final semester of my Masters of Public Health. I hope to have an impact on the healthcare industry by educating the public on the importance of been active through fitness, strength and conditioning and lifestyle management. I am a highly motivated and energetic individual who creates a positive environment for my surrounding. I am driven by the need to help his individuals achieve their uttermost goal to their best of their ability.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from St. Francis Xavier University, where I developed an interest in researching chronic disease, and population health. This brought me to Memorial’s MSc Kinesiology program where I am able to focus my research around the socio-cultural effects of chronic disease among Canadians. My research at Memorial will involve the overall goals of decreasing sedentary behaviours among Canadians by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as chronic disease management and prevention.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Brigham Young University, where I developed my passion for and understanding of human movement.
I am excited to be working alongside Dr. Fuller and the Walkabilly team to assist in the much needed research in infrastructure planning to increase physical activity, and to further the dialogue of how this can be done so that everyone, irregardless of socioeconomic status, can enjoy the benefits of physical activity!
Majid Beheshti Mohtasham
I am a Master’s student in Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I am doing research examining a hybrid approach using Quantum Evolutionary Algorithm and Support Vector Machine to classify genetic data of the type 2 diabetes.
I am also working with Walkabilly team, on recognizing transportation modes by analyzing data from mobile smart devices.
Past Lab Members
MPH Practicum Student