Microsoft Research explores ways your phone could help save your life

Along with collaborators at the Stanford School of Medicine, Microsoft Research’s Nina Mishra is working on a project that examines how people use search engines in time-critical situations— and how that could translate to a phone being able to walk a person through resolving an emergency situation.

Mishra will present the team’s findings during the Association for Computing Machinery’s 37th annual international conference of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR), to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast in July.

Her paper discusses how a search engine can detect urgency and involves scenarios such as good Samaritans being able to ask their mobile phones how to perform CPR and its response in providing step-by-step instructions. The phone would also be able to locate a defibrillator nearby, demonstrate tactilely the rate of compressions and use the device’s accelerometer to measure and visually report on the correct depth of compression.

Find out more about Mishra’s work on Inside Microsoft Research.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff