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Kevin Patrick, MD, MS - Dr. Patrick is a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at Calit2. Dr. Patrick’s research focuses on the use of information and telecommunications technology to measure and improve health-related behaviors of individuals and populations. He is a Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Active Living Research program and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the RWJF Health Games Research initiative. He has served on the Secretary’s Council for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the US Department of Health and Human Services and on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. Dr. Patrick is Co-founder of Santech, Inc. of San Diego, California, which is developing web and mobile systems for health promotion and wellness. » Visit Website

Ted Chan, MD - Dr. Ted Chan is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at UC San Diego. His research interests health Information technology, ED crowding and efficiency, and prehospital medicine. He has received research grants from the NIH, US Dept of Justice, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is currently Principal Investigator for the San Diego Beacon Community, a $15.3m federally funded initiative to advance health information technology innovation. Dr. Chan is editor of the Cardiology section of the Journal of Emergency Medicine; and has authored and edited 3 textbooks: Atlas of Emergency Procedures, ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care, and Sudden Deaths in Custody.

Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, MBA, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD. She is associate dean for informatics and technology and has experience leading multidisciplinary projects at the intersections of biomedicine and quantitative sciences. Her research group focuses on biomedical pattern recognition from large data sets, statistical learning, and privacy technology. The group has also accepted a critical role at UCSD Medical Center, including development of tools for quality assessment and the implementation of a clinical data repository for research, and the leadership of the Data Access Task Force, which establishes the policies and mechanisms for researchers to access the UCSD data. Dr. Ohno-Machado is also director of the Biomedical Research Informatics for Global Health training program.

Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH - Dr. Jeannie Huang is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her current research interests focus upon how to improve outcomes in pediatric chronic disease – including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. In particular, she is involved in projects addressing chronic disease self-management by adolescents and young adults and in programs improving weight management among obese children and their families. Her projects incorporate available mobile and internet technologies to improve patient-healthcare interactions and communications.

Bill Griswold, PhD - Bill Griswold is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1991. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. His research interests include ubiquitous computing and software engineering, and educational technology. Griswold is a pioneer in the area of software refactoring. Later he built ActiveCampus, one of the early mobile location-aware systems. His current CitiSense project is investigating technologies for low-cost ubiquitous real-time air-quality sensing. He was PC Chair of SIGSOFT FSE in 2002, PC co-Chair of ICSE in 2005, and is a past-Chair of ACM SIGSOFT.

Chaitan Baru, PhD, is Director, Center for Large-scale Data Systems research (CLDS) and a Research Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego. His technical interests are in the areas of scientific data management, large-scale data systems, data integration, data analytics, and parallel database systems. He has been involved in cyberinfrastructure projects across a range of science disciplines, e.g. earth sciences, ecological sciences, hydrology, earthquake engineering, biomedical sciences, and others. He has been at SDSC for the past 15 years. Prior to that, he was one of the group leads for DB2 Parallel Edition at IBM, where he also participated in the development of the TPC-D benchmark. He led a team at IBM that produced the first audited TPC-D result, 100GB benchmark database on 100 nodes of an IBM SP-2.

Yannis Papakonstantinou, PhD, - Yannis Papakonstantinou is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His research is in the intersection of data management technologies and the web. He has addressed issues on the integration of distributed and semistructured data, in querying structured and semistructured data that involve text and in rapidly developing data services and data-driven applications. He has given multiple tutorials and invited talks, has served on journal editorial boards and has chaired and participated in program committees for many international conferences and workshops.

Yannis enjoys to commercialize his research and to inform his research accordingly. He was the CEO and Chief Scientist of Enosys Software, which built and commercialized an early XML-based Enterprise Information Integration platform. Enosys Software was acquired in 2003 by BEA Systems. His lab's FORWARD platform (for the rapid development of data-driven Ajax visualizations and applications) is now in use by many commercial applications. He is involved in data analytics in the pharmaceutical industry and is in the technical advisory board of Brightscope Inc. He is the inventor of seven patents.

Yannis holds a Diploma of Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University (1997) and an NSF CAREER award for his work on data integration.

Sanjoy Dasgupta, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering department. He is an expert on algorithmic statistics and machine learning. He has published seminal papers focusing on unsupervised and minimally supervised learning. He works in the development of algorithms for data analysis of high dimensional data, such as those coming from high-throughput measurement technologies such as microarrays and massively parallel sequencing projects. He also develops Hidden Markov Models in the context of identifying patterns in sensor data.

Claudiu Farcas, PhD, is an Assistant Project Scientist in the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). His major research interests are software engineering for embedded and large-scale distributed systems, virtual execution environments, portable real-time components, programming languages, networking, and Web technologies. He leads the architecture and development efforts of the cyber-infrastructure for delivering computational services related to data analysis, data integration, and privacy technologies.

Fredric Raab is the senior systems engineer for the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS) at University of California, San Diego. He is developing and evaluating wireless applications for collecting and analyzing data in the areas of physical activity, energy balance, and nutrition as well as clinical applications. He is the designer of CWPHS's text and picture messaging platform for cell phones, used in diverse applications such as weight-loss interventions, medication reminders/compliance, chronic disease management and directly-observed therapy (via video messaging). Mr. Raab also is the technical director of PALMS (Personal Activity Location Measurement System), a cyber-infrastructure that enables researchers to collect, store and analyze temporal and geospatial data related to physical activity and environmental exposure.