About My Research

The basic idea of my research program is to promote human health by walking dogs. To be more precise, it is the dog who walks it’s owner so both of them can get enough exercise. Previous research shows that sometimes dog owners do not get as much exercise as their dogs do, because when the dog is walking or playing with other dogs, the owner can stand still or talk to other people, which can decrease the chance of getting enough exercise.

We will develop an application and put a kiosk in participant’s home. It will display a progress bar of the dog’s physical activity status and it’s weekly goal of exercise. It will also have a ranking system which tells participants their standings. Our application tends to motivate participants to walk their dogs more often and improve their health.