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Urban Health Sensing – gaining an understanding of the urban environment by wearable sensors

PhD defence, Tuesday 8 November 2022. Zhaoxi Zhang

Zhaoxi Zhang

Zhaoxi Zhang developed an in-depth investigation of the effect of urban features on human health by combining a wearable camera, a biosensor wristband and GPS as a package to track the changes in individuals' physiological stress response, continuously, during their exposure to urban features. Zhaoxi Zhang studied how human physiological stress response changes distinctly during exposure to the urban flow of people, bicycles, and vehicles, water bodies, greenery and sitting facilities in different contexts.
The new research findings contribute to a better understanding of what constitutes a healthy urban environment and suggests using "soft" health-promoting urban design strategies in micro-scale public open space to improve design quality and promote positive health effects.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday, 8 November 2022 at 10:00.
Place: Building 7413, room 146, Aarhus University, Risø Campus, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399B, 4000 Roskilde
Title of PhD thesis: Urban Health Sensing: Measuring human physiological stress response to urban settings using wearable sensors

Contact information: Zhaoxi Zhang, e-mail: zhangzx@envs.au.dk, tel.: +45 52640558

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Marco Helbich, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Associate Professor Tenna Doktor Olsen Tvedebrink, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Katarina Elofsson (chair), Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Professor  Clive Eric Sabel, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-supervisors:
Professor  Torben Sigsgaard, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

Dr  Prince Michael Amegbor, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS,

Jens Baggesens Vej 53, building 5221, 8200 Aarhus N.

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