Building Wearable Biomedical Devices

Kofi Odame, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Friday, January 9, 2015, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

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

As the U.S. population ages and chronic diseases account for an increasing percentage of health care costs, there is a growing realization that the current hospital-centered and reactive care model must be replaced by a more proactive and patient-centered one. Achieving this will require biomedical devices that continuously and unobtrusively monitor individuals' health status, allowing for timely and customized interventions. In addition, advanced assistive technologies will be needed in order to increase the autonomy and quality of life of individuals with impaired functions. The success of these emerging applications will rely on sensor interface circuits that meet high performance specifications, but maintain a stringent power budget, even as they are kept in continuous operation. By addressing these opposing demands via a nonlinear dynamical systems approach, my research is enabling some exciting, new applications that could transform health care delivery from a centralized and curative model to a more patient-centric and preventive one.

About the Speaker

Kofi Odame is an assistant professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Kofi's primary interest is in analog integrated circuits for nonlinear signal processing. This work has applications in low-power electronics for implantable and wearable biomedical devices, as well as in autonomous sensor systems. Kofi received the Cornell International Scholars and Students Award to study at Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science in 2002. He studied as a Cornell African Development Fellow to receive the M.Sc. in electrical engineering, under Bradley Minch in 2004. He then worked in Paul Hasler's lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2008.

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