The Wrist as a Computational Platform in Mobile Healthcare

David Kotz, Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Friday, May 16, 2014, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

The advent of mobile health (mHealth) technology brings great opportunity to improve quality of life, improve individual and public health, and reduce healthcare costs. Although mHealth devices and applications are proliferating, many challenges remain to provide the necessary usability, manageability, interoperability, availability, security, and privacy. In this talk I present a series of three recent projects in which we explore security and privacy challenges in healthcare, all of which leverage the human wrist as a location for computing. In the first, we developed a bracelet that can recognize its wearer and decide whether it's on the same body as other wearable devices. In the second, the bracelet helps a desktop computer determine who is typing on the keyboard. In the third, we are developing a computational bracelet as a platform for mobile health, to enable developers to create (and users to easily use) safe, secure, and efficient mHealth applications that fit seamlessly into everyday life. Our research seeks to develop techniques that provide strong security and usability properties in spite of the severely constrained power resources of this "computational jewelry."

About the Speaker

David Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He currently serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, and previously served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. In 2013 he was appointed by the GAO to the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $50m in grant funding. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty.