The Mobilize Center was launched in 2014 as one of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Centers of Excellence. The National Institutes of Health funded the BD2K initiative to increase the utility of the growing number of biomedical research datasets. During its six years as a BD2K Center of Excellence, the Mobilize Center brought the power of data science to biomedical research and clinical care through several major achievements, including:

  • Publishing over 125 conference and journal articles that brought new insights and methods to understand movement and health. Examples include:
    • Establishing the relationship between activity inequality and health | Read article
    • Demonstrating the power of mobile devices to motivate physical activity | Read article
    • Developing automated methods to utilize electronic health records for joint implant surveillance | Read article
  • Creating powerful open-source software packages (OpenSense, Snorkel) that enable researchers to apply biocomputational modeling and data analytics to mobile health data, clinical notes, and other big data within biomedicine.
  • Providing deep training at the intersection of biomechanics, mobile health, movement research, and data science to 22 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to faculty careers and leadership positions in biomedical industry
  • Developing and teaching massive open online courses in data science topics to hundreds of thousands of individuals
  • Establishing best practices and guidelines for machine learning within biomechanics and wearable data science to accelerate research in these emerging fields
  • Liberating and analyzing large datasets from clinics and industry to gain new insights about public health and treatment planning
  • Deepening the knowledge and appreciation of big data analytics in medicine and health among hundreds of biomedical researchers and data scientists via events, such as multiday workshops, Center-organized conferences and symposia, and scientific challenges

The current Mobilize Center leverages the infrastructure, research, and team that was developed as a BD2K Center.