When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 03:30 pm
Where: Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) x836 @ 12:00 pm
Hugh Dempster Pavilion (DMP) 110 @ 3:30 pm
UBC is an academic partner in the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), an experiential based approach to graduate education founded by University of Washington and Tsinghua University in cooperation with Microsoft and other industrial partners. UBC is exploring additional interactions with GIX, such as faculty visits, joint degree programs and executive education module sharing. The current focus of the GIX program is in internet of things, however, discussions are occurring about additional directions, such as digital health, urban analytics, clean energy and others. The students come from a number of countries and spend a substantial amount of their education engaging in projects with industry partners (some of which are spawning new research projects).
Prof. Shwetak Patel (Prof. of CSE at UW and CTO of GIX) will be visiting on Thursday September 20 and presenting a talk about GIX at 12:00pm in Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) X836. This talk will be aimed at potential students but will be a good opportunity to hear from Shwetak the vision for GIX.
Here is the abstract for this talk:
The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a new model of experiential education and practice to develop leaders in innovation. Starting with our project and team-based graduate degree programs, GIX will grow to include a broad array of innovation experiences for students, executives, and working professionals. With founding partners the University of Washington, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft, GIX is a global collaboration between leading academic and cross-sector partners. Come hear Shwetak Patel, GIX Chief Technology Officer, talk about educational opportunities in GIX and current students’ projects.
In addition, Prof. Patel will presenting a talk on his research at 3:30pm in Hugh Dempster Pavilion (DMP) 110. In case it is of interest, here is the title/abstract/bio for that talk.
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 the Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs 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 an 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).