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Assessment of physical activity using objective monitors has become increasingly accepted in surveillance, observational, and intervention research. Recent advances in the technology of wearable devices to assess physical activity permit researchers to assess body motion, physiological responses to physical activity, and environmental context over prolonged periods of time. However, consensus is lacking on standard methods of conducting research on activity monitor calibration and interpreting activity monitor data. For example, the use of different equations in the literature may result in varying intensity classifications for the same activity across studies. Many calibration studies use the same activity monitor but have vastly different results, making it impossible to draw valid conclusions. Moreover, the outcome measure most researchers use from activity monitors underutilizes the rich and diverse features of signals.

The Objective Measurement of Physical Activity Conference is organized around identifying the "whats" and "hows" of objectively monitoring physical activity: