Mobile and Wireless Technology Colloquium

Mobile and wireless technologies provide an opportunity to connect information in the real-world via wearable sensors and, when coupled with fixed sensors embedded in the environment, to produce continuous streams of data on an individual’s biology, psychology, behavior, and daily environment. These data can reflect the unique environment patients reside in, taking into account the different exposures, stressors, and influences on their real-time disease and wellness states.

To realize the promise of mobile technology for health and healthcare, clinicians and health scientists need to partner with engineers, computer scientists, and data scientists in the development, design, and testing of these devices and their data.

Thus, the goals of this colloquium are as follows:

  1. To provide a forum that brings together faculty, staff and students across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences to develop an interdisciplinary community on the use of mobile and wireless technologies.
  2. To develop collaborative interdisciplinary grant proposals and scholarship.

We will host 5 meetings this spring to achieve these goals.

Next meeting:

Lightning Talks & Team Building

Tuesday, March 15th 1:30pm 

Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building (aka FCIEMAS)

Engineers will present solutions that can be leveraged for health discovery and health researchers will present clinical or community needs that engineering solutions may be able to meet. Those who are interested in pairing with a presenter can discuss next steps and we will have RFAs/RFPs from government and foundation sources for review. 

 Confirmed Presenters from Engineering:

Tuan Vo-Dinh, PhD, Director, Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics – Wearable smart sensors and implantable biosensors

Peter Hollender, PhD, Engineering – Portable ultrasound devices for measuring tissue elasticity

Confirmed Presenters from Duke Health:

David Bartlett, PhD, Duke Health – Clinical needs for detection and monitoring disease risk for immune-inflammatory conditions and chronic illness

Dori Steinberg, PhD, RD, Duke Digital Health – Sensors or wireless/mobile technologies that objectively measure health behaviors and their effects including dietary, movement, and high-risk behaviors



Previous Meetings:

Kickoff Meeting

Tuesday, February 9th 

2pm – 4pm

Gross Hall room 270

This meeting was open to Duke faculty, staff, and students who interested in working at the intersection of engineering and medicine.