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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Bruce Maggs, Duke University, "Health Monitoring with Wireless Sensors and Machine Learning"

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Illinois Computer Science
2405 Siebel Center
Feb 19, 2020   3:30 - 4:30 pm  
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This talk introduces the Emerald health monitoring system, a new technology that automates health monitoring through innovations in wireless sensing and machine learning.  An Emerald device in the home transmits low-power radio signals and records their reflections.   The recorded data is then passed to the cloud for processing using neural network algorithms.  The monitoring system can infer the movements, breathing, heart rate, falls, sleep apnea, and sleep stages of people in their homes -- all without requiring them to wear any sensors.  By monitoring physiological signals continuously, the system can automatically detect deterioration in health conditions, enabling early intervention and care.  The talk will describe the underlying technology and present results demonstrating its promise in monitoring geriatric populations.


Bruce Maggs received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985, 1986, and 1989, respectively.  His advisor was Charles Leiserson. After spending one year as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, he worked as a Research Scientist at NEC Research Institute in Princeton from 1990 to 1993. In 1994, he moved to the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon, where he achieved the rank of full Professor.  While on a two-year leave-of-absence from Carnegie Mellon, Maggs was a founding employee of Akamai Technologies, serving as its first Vice President for Research and Development.  In 2009, Maggs joined Duke University, where he is the Pelham Wilder Professor of Computer Science.  In 2018 he was part of a large team that received the inaugural ACM SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award for the Akamai Content Distribution Network, and was named an ACM Fellow.  Maggs is currently on leave from Duke and is serving as Director of Engineering for Emerald Innovations.

Faculty Host: Matthew Caesar

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