MD2K Awarded $2M in Grants from NSF and NIH

Posted on 2018-10-22

The Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), now in its fifth year, has landed two grants totaling $2 million that will enable the center to enhance its software infrastructure, and also join the effort to curb opioid abuse.

MD2K - Santosh Kumar

The larger of the two grants (mResearch), for $1.75 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will support significant new enhancements to MD2K's mobile sensor big data software infrastructure so as to accelerate research in sensor design, mobile computing, privacy, analytics, and visualization. The enhanced MD2K software will facilitate reproducible and extensible computing research with high-frequency mobile sensor data. The mResearch project is a collaboration among five universities: the UofM, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA and UMass Amherst.

The second grant, for $313,357 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), enlists MD2K in the fight against the nation's opioid problem. Researchers from MD2K and Johns Hopkins University will investigate whether stress measurements obtained via mobile sensors can predict the day-to-day fluctuations in prescription opioid use among patients with sickle cell disease. NIH earlier this year announced the HEAL initiative to "speed scientific solutions" for the opioid crisis.