MobileHealth 2013
3rd ACM MobiHoc Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Healthcare
In Conjunction With MobiHoc 2013 Symposium
Bangalore, India, 29 July - 1 August, 2013


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MobileHealth 2013 Program

We have two keynote speakers for MobileHealth 2013:

Prof. Dharma Agrawal
University of Cincinnati, USA

Title: Wireless Network Technologies for Monitoring Human Health
Abstract: Recent interest in providing better quality of medical services is booming. This has given rise to development of many new sensors and has made Wireless Body Area Sensor Network (WBASN) as one of the popular areas of research. We show the use of WBASNs in providing better healthcare services. We introduce an interesting application of WBASN in the field of Sports Medicine by monitoring postural balance and stability of athletes in real time and providing valuable feedback to the coaches so as to minimize the injury to the athletes and maximize their playing potential. We also consider a fascinating application of continuous, non-invasive wireless home monitoring of patients with movement disorders and Parkinson's disease. This is expected to prevent potential falls, and recording the number of occurrences of Freezing of Gait (FoG) over single or multiple days. We propose a home based monitoring system which involves embedding of wireless sensors in the patient's vicinity, such as in his room. Many other relevant examples are considered in detail. Since sensors in a WBASN collect the data from person's body and surroundings, maintaining security of such personal data is of a primary concern. The security scheme ought to be lightweight and easily portable, should be ultra-low-power and supplemented with energy harvesting techniques for long term and efficient operation. Finally, we consider some open questions for future research.

Biography: Dharma P. Agrawal is the Ohio Board of Regents Distinguished Professor and the founding director for the Center for Distributed and Mobile Computing in the School of Computing Sciences and Informatics. He has been a faculty member at the ECE Dept., Carnegie Mellon University (on sabbatical leave), N.C. State University, Raleigh and the Wayne State University. His current research interests include resource allocation in wireless mesh networks, query processing and secured communication in sensor networks, environmental monitoring using sensor networks, and effective traffic handling in integrated wireless networks. His recent contribution in the form of a co-authored introductory text book on Wireless and Mobile Computing has been widely accepted throughout the world and third edition has just been published. The book has been has been reprinted both in China and India and translated in to Korean and Chinese languages. His co-authored book on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks, 2nd edition, has been published in spring of 2011. A co-edited book entitled, Encyclopedia on Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, has been published by the World Scientific and co-authored books entitled Wireless Sensor Networks: Deployment Alternatives and Analytical Modeling, and Innovative Approaches to Spectrum Selection, Sensing, On-Demand Medium Access in Heterogeneous Multihop Networks, and Sharing in Cognitive Radio Networks have being published by Lambert Academic. He is an editor for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems, founding Editorial Board Member, International Journal on Distributed Sensor Networks, International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC), International Journal of Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks and the Journal of Information Assurance and Security (JIAS). He has served as an editor of the IEEE Computer magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the International Journal of High Speed Computing. He has been the Program Chair and General Chair for numerous international conferences and meetings. He has received numerous certificates from the IEEE Computer Society. He was awarded a Third Millennium Medal, by the IEEE for his outstanding contributions. He has delivered keynote speech at 25 different international conferences. He has published over 592 papers, given 32 different tutorials and extensive training courses in various conferences in USA, and numerous institutions in Taiwan, Korea, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, and India in the areas of Ad hoc and Sensor Networks and Mesh Networks, including security issues. He has graduated 62 PhDs and 52 MS students. He has been named as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, the AAAS and the World Innovation Foundation, and a recent recipient of 2008 IEEE CS Harry Goode Award. In June 2011, he was selected as the best Mentor for Doctoral Students at the University of Cincinnati. Recently, he has been inducted as a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventers. He has also been elected a Fellow of the IACSIT (International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology), 2013.

Dr. Prasanth Perugupalli
IMEC research labs, India

Title: Semiconductor technology for mobile health - Future in sensors and imaging to help you make the right decisions
Abstract: Heightened attention to preventive health and personal fitness is creating the market for gadgets that offer "any where, any time" health and wellness monitoring. These connected systems need to be smart, highly sensitive to the signals of interest, and perform their functions without any disruption to daily life. Several devices are now entering the market with attempts to measure body vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and SpO2 levels. Such information has traditionally been only available when an individual visits a clinic for a routine check-up or when there is a suspected ailment. The amount of information, encouragement and support that can be conveyed to individuals during face-to-face consultations or through traditional media such as leaflets is limited, but mobile technologies such as mobile phones and portable computers have the potential to transform the delivery of health messages.
Advances in semiconductor electronics are enabling a new wave of possibilities in personal diagnostics and wellness. Sensor technology is increasingly powerful, while become smaller, thinner and lighter. The combination of wireless sensor technologies, flexible electronics, imaging technologies, Micro-electro-mechanical structures, and computing platforms available on the ubiquitous smart phone if offering immense possibilities to raise the bar for healthy living, not just for rapid and low cost diagnosis, but also to help an individual take his daily routines into his own hands.
At IMEC, we are developing technologies that are making possible a paradigm change in the way we look at the wearable sensors today. From highly sensitive sensors that can be embedded inside clothing to very advanced imaging systems that could help an individual make decisions on the food he buys at the supermarket, we are applying semiconductor technologies across a host of platforms to create a comprehensive solution that empowers an individual to monitor his well being. This talk would touch upon some of these technologies and demonstrate the opportunities for semiconductors in mobile healthcare, as well as discuss the challenges ahead for the industry, including the need for building standardized metrics to build confidence and acceptance of such technologies by the "health care consumer".

Biography: Prasanth Perugupalli is the Director of R&D at IMEC India labs in Bangalore. He is leading a team that is working towards applying IMEC's advanced semiconductor technologies for solving problems in healthcare and personal wellness. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of wireless communications, and has been instrumental in development of advanced wireless systems and transferring to volume production.