Edward Jay Wang
Ubiquitous Computing Researcher
TEDxSJI: What if we can live in a world where we can track our health like the way we do with the weather?
My name is Edward and currently I'm in my final year (!) of my PhD at the University of Washington. I work in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab advised by Shwetak Patel.
My research focuses on developing new sensing techniques for monitoring a person's health more continuously, conveniently, and cheaply, with a goal of ultimately bringing clinical sensing out of the clinic. With my expertise in mobile and embedded system prototyping, signal processing, and machine learning, I am actively creating new solutions in health monitoring. Through my PhD, I've transformed smartphones into medical devices without any hardware add-ons to screen for anemia and measure blood pressure, developed novel wearable devices that continuously track blood pressure and user context, and explored new ways to charge wearable devices right through the body. The next generation of medical sensing needs to leave the confines of labs and clinics, and be truly usable by everyone. And this has to start at even the earliest prototypes, something I strive for in all of my work. I have tested technologies in patient rooms, performed in-the-wild studies where users take our prototypes home, and even partnered with various NGOs to perform true user testing in places like the Peruvian jungle.