Thursday, September 20, 2012
QoLT Director Dan Siewiorek Presents NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture
QoLT Director and CMU Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Daniel P. Siewiorek, presented "Virtual Coaches in Healthcare: A Vision of the Future" to special guests of the National Science Foundation on September 20 as part of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series held in Arlington, Virginia.
With health care costs rising astronomically and the number of aging increasing, there are not enough economic or human resources in the way of caregivers to meet society’s needs. A confluence of technologies including miniature electronics, digital communications, human-computer interaction, robotics, and machine learning makes possible the creation of intelligent assistants that monitor and communicate with users, understand their needs and goals, and compensate for diminished capabilities as we age or suffer a disability. Siewiorek’s talk highlighted the research challenges in creating virtual coaches that monitor user activities providing reminders and advice to reach personal and caregiver goals.
Learn more about Dan's vision for future virtual coaches everyone can benefit from in IEEE Spectrum’s September cover story, "Generation Smartphone." For additional details on the NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture series, please visit the NSF’s CISE Directorate.