Physiology-Based Models for Fitness and Training w/ Firstbeat with Ilkka Korhonen

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In this episode i’m joined by Ilkka Korhonen, Vice President of Technology at Firstbeat, a company whose algorithms are embedded in fitness watches from companies like Garmin and Suunto and which use your heartbeat data to offer personalized insights into stress, fitness, recovery and sleep patterns.

We cover a ton about Firstbeat in the conversation, including how they transform the sensor readings into more actionable data, their use of a digital physiological model of the human body, how they use sensor data to identify and predict physiological changes within the body, and some of the opportunities that Firstbeat has to further apply ML in the future.

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