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Edward Wang

Edward Wang
Assistant Professor at UC San Diego, Electrical and Computer Engineering and The Design Lab


Newell-Simon Hall 1305



"Elevating Access to Remote Health Monitoring Fairly"

Many of today’s healthcare solutions do not provide access to the poor and are not racially fair. To address this, my group is leveraging the proliferation of mobile technology, particularly smartphones, as a ready-made sensor infrastructure to bring access to health monitoring to the masses; developing systems that are ultra-low-cost and racially inclusive as the core innovation value. With the ubiquity of digital technologies that is seeping into every fabric of our lives, we are presented with an opportunity to harness the economy of scale that is driving down the cost of distributing a wide array of sensors that can be repurposed and reprogrammed. In this talk, I will share with you late breaking work that my group, the DigiHealth Lab, is doing particularly around leveraging built-in sensors of smartphones for making hypertension screening as accessible as downloading an app, discovering new digital biomarkers for Alzheimer’s screening, and developing cross-cultural maternal digital health tools.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Edward Jay Wang is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and The Design Lab at UC San Diego, where he directs the Digital Health Technologies Lab. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College. His research work explores practical solutions to address real-world medical needs drawn from collaborations with clinicians and world health organizations, but solved using new and creative insights that leverage state-of-the-art applied machine learning, embedded systems, and mobile sensors. He has received funding from the NIH, NSF, and Google. He has been the recipient of the Google Faculty Research Scholar Award, Google Health Equity Research Initiative Award, NSF Graduate Fellowship Award, the ARCS Foundation Fellowship, and 5 paper awards. He has published in top-tier venues including ACM UbiComp, CHI, UIST, npj Digital Medicine, Frontiers in Digital Health, and Nature Scientific Reports. He is also the Founder/CEO of Billion Labs Inc., a UCSD technology spinout aiming to translate a comprehensive suite of smartphone-based digital biomarkers towards regulatory clearance in order to provide a more equitable future for telemedicine where health monitoring is available to the masses.

Speaker's Website

DigiHealth Lab website
DigiHealth Lab website