Hugh Dempster Building (6245 Agronomy Rd), Room 110
Speaker: Dr. Shwetak N. Patel, Professor, University of Washington
Title: New Ways of Thinking of the Mobile Phone for Healthcare
Much of the fundamental research in computer science has been driven by the needs of those attempting to utilize computing for various applications, such as health. Shwetak will describe a collection of research projects conducted with his clinical collaborators that leverage the sensors on mobile devices (e.g., microphones, cameras, accelerometers, etc) in new ways to enable the self-management and the study of diseases. These projects follow the theme of finding usable signals in unusual places, and often noise to most people, in order to enable scale by leveraging existing hardware. His remarks will underscore advances in health through the convergence of sensing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.
Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. He is also Director and CTO of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). 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, sustainability, and interaction. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008. He is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Award, Sloan Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, MIT TR-35 Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award, NSF Career Award, the U.S. Presidential PECASE award from President Obama, and is an ACM Fellow. He was also a co-founder of a home energy monitoring company called Zensi (acquired by Belkin in 2010), a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies (acquired by Sears in 2015), and a mobile health company called Senosis Health (acquired by Google in 2017).
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