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NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

February 8th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, NSF, Research News / by Helen Wright

patelThe National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:00PM EST by Computing Community Consoritum (CCC) Council Member Shwetak Patel titled Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab. His research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Sensor-Enabled Embedded Systems, with a particular emphasis on the application of computing to health and sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, MIT TR-35 Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award, NSF Career Award, PECASE award, and was selected as an ACM Fellow. He was also a co-founder of an home energy monitoring company called Zensi, Inc. (acquired by Belkin, Inc. in 2010) and a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Sears, Inc. in 2015). Patel currently also serves as a council member of the CCC within the Computing Research Association.

Always available remote physiologic monitoring through wearable sensors brings the transformational possibility of health care that empowers patients to conduct self-care, and making self-monitoring a lifelong process. Patients can more effectively manage chronic diseases, as well as, screening for conditions could occur much sooner. It also fundamentally shifts and shares responsibility and creates a true partnership between clinician and patient. Beyond the individual patient, it also creates the potential for population health management in a way that has not been possible before. Shwetak Patel argues the smartphone will play a central role in this vision to a point where the phones themselves will provide many of these physiologic sensing capabilities. In his talk, he will describe a set of projects where it is already possible to conduct clinically relevant health diagnostics using just the sensors already present on a smartphone. He will also discuss the critical role of computer science in mobile health and the future of the field.

To join the webinar, please register here

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health