A Mobile Application for Monitoring Community Mobility in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Raga Madhuri Podugu, “A Mobile Application for Monitoring Community Mobility in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta”
Mentor: Jacob Rammer, Biomedical Engineering

Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) have increased bone fragility and low bone mass. They face a significant risk of bone fractures during everyday activities, which can cause reduced participation in the community and with their peers. Though much research has been conducted with patients in various stages of OI, there is less information about real-world activities and mobility in children with OI. This study will identify the best technological method to track mobility in this community by developing and testing a prototype mobile application. Prior to the development of the app, studying the capability of Android/iPhone built-in sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, GPS, etc.) is essential as these sensors are the main source to capture human motion. The prototype mobile application uses built-in sensors in a smartphone to collect and store the motion of children with OI. The sensor data that is stored in the mobile app can be related to gait analysis via machine learning algorithms. Through this study, the data results can provide crucial information about current children with OI and can be used as a starting point for future research activities in this OI population.


  1. Raga

    What a fantastic research project! I can’t wait to see how the next steps turn out for you and your team. What I truly appreciate about this is that you actually did a presentation for a general audience. You explained this rare disease and even provided pictures of the young people who would benefit from your work. You walked through your process in a way that made your research accessible. Well done!!

  2. Good work Madhuri. This App can really brings lots of insight on the osteogenesis in children

    1. This is a wonderful research project you are taking up Madhuri! Being an Orthodontist, I face a lot of challenges in treating patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Although a different dimension from my field, any amount of data and research can help us design better treatment plans for such patients. Needless to say, I’ll definitely recommend your app if I come across any case of OI.

      1. That’s a great research project Madhuri! Way to go! I liked the way you summarized your project in a short 3 minute video which was simple and easy to understand.
        All the best to you and your team!

  3. Madhuri,
    A fabulous attempt which is providing insights into the OI, even for non medical persons. I am sure that it would definitely be very useful in further research and treatment. Well done and keep it up.

    Lakshmi prasad.

  4. Fantastic oral presentation, Raga! I’m sure that took a great deal of effort and you nailed it.
    Your explanation of how and why this research is important struck a chord to a non-computer scientist.
    Again: KUDOS.

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