Wearables, Big Data, and Healthcare Innovation

Todd O. Coleman

MIT SDM Speaker Series

Todd P. Coleman, M.S., Ph.D., MIT; Associate Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego; Director, Neural Interaction Laboratory; and Codirector, Center for Perinatal Health

Date: April 10, 2015

Time: 11 a.m. — noon EDT

Location: Wong Auditorium, MIT

Free and open to all

About the Presentation

Interdisciplinary collaboration holds great promise for improving healthcare around the world. Combining wearable devices with expertise in engineering, medicine, information technology, and design, for example, can facilitate better decision-making by providing clinicians with the data most relevant to treating patients from afar.

In this presentation, MIT alumnus Todd P. Coleman (M.S. and Ph.D., MIT) will discuss the complex challenges involved in developing and implementing a suite of tools that transforms “big data” into “small, relevant” data to aid decision-making in perinatal health and chronic disease management. He will:

  • Describe how flexible, multimodal electronics can be combined with physiologically guided analytics algorithms to provide vulnerability profiles that can be efficiently implemented in the cloud;
  • Explain how this suite of human-computer interface applications blurs the line between man and machine, while enabling humans and computers to play to their individual strengths;
  • Offer thoughts on the challenges of interdisciplinary research, using examples involving professionals from electrical engineering, medicine, management, and design; and
  • Discuss the socio-political and legal implications of this work and how they can be addressed.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Todd P. Coleman holds B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering (both summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and conducted postdoctoral studies at MIT in neuroscience.

Currently an associate professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, Coleman directs the university’s Neural Interaction Laboratory and codirects the Center for Perinatal Health. His research is highly interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersection of bio-electronics, medicine, and machine learning. He is conducting research in wearable health by wedding his research group’s expertise in large-scale analytics with its recent development of “epidermal electronics,” featured in Science in 2011. Current applications include perinatal health, chronic disease management, and cognitive monitoring during aging.

The National Academy of Engineering named Coleman a 2015 Gilbreth Lecturer. He is a science advisor for the Science & Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences, and his research has been spotlighted by CNN, BBC, and The New York Times.

Todd P. Coleman, M.S., Ph.D., MIT