Colloquium: Edison Thomaz (UT Austin): Sequencing the Lifestyle Exposome: Human-Centered Challenges and Opportunities


Speaker: Edison Thomaz (UT ECE and iSchool)

Title: Sequencing the Lifestyle Exposome: Human-Centered Challenges and Opportunities


Over the last century, scientific tools and technologies have played a crucial role in improving the health of billions of people around the world. Advances in pharmacology led to antiviral vaccines and antibiotics, while x-ray crystallography contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Despite these advances, healthcare remains one of the greatest challenges facing society today. This is caused in large part by the rise of chronic lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure. Unfortunately, our understanding of the impact of behavior on human health is very limited. The key reason for this is because we lack tools and techniques to collect detailed longitudinal data characterizing one?s lifestyle health determinants at the population. In this talk, I will describe several human-centered techniques I have developed for sensing, recognizing and modeling everyday human activities and behaviors at a finely-grained level of detail. In particular, these methods appropriate existing devices, technologies and infra-structure in an effort to scale and address human-centered concerns such as privacy and aesthetics.


Dr. Edison Thomaz is a Research Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, and a S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. Prior to his academic appointment, Dr. Thomaz held industry positions in technology companies such as Microsoft and France Telecom. Dr. Thomaz's work has been published and received awards in leading academic conference such as Ubicomp, ICMI, IUI, and CHI. Dr. Thomaz is currently an active member of the NIH-funded Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (http://md2k.org) and a leading researcher in the emerging field of personal health informatics. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as MIT Tech Review, The Houston Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal.

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7:15am to 8:30am


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