Technology, Healthcare and ?

Hari Garudadri, Qualcomm Institute


Date: 2017-11-25
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Room 1202, CSE Building, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: Hari Garudadri, Qualcomm Institute
Research Scientist

*Registration is Required.
Host: Design Lab


Qualcomm Institute research scientist Hari Garudadri explores a 140-year-old technology trend we now call the Internet of Things (IoT). His talk is part of the Design@Large lecture series of the QI-based Design Lab at UC San Diego.

In this talk, I will briefly describe convergence of multiple technologies over the last 140 years resulting in a powerful platform that we now call the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies – individually and collectively – had a transformative effect on humans and cultures. I am interested in leveraging these technologies for healthcare. It took us about 6 million years evolve from our closest ancestors and walk on two feet without the benefit of a tail or wings. This required the incredible task of coordinating visual, vestibular and proprioception sensory inputs to execute complex motor actions. In the process, our brain became 5 times bigger, relative to body size, compared with other mammals. We became social animals. We made great discoveries to take care of our own – fighting infectious diseases, treating acute ailments and managing chronic disorders – the upshot being we now live much longer. As we age, there is a natural decline in our sensory, motor and cognitive competences – how do we leverage technology to compensate and improve or maintain quality of life? IoT advances in connecting billions of sensors to the cloud – low power sensing, efficient communication, distributed processing, security, inference, etc. – are applicable to many healthcare challenges. I will highlight this using our some of our work as examples: (i) advanced hearing aids, (ii) falls risk assessment and prevention, (iii) concussion assessment in youth sports, (iv) remote monitoring and (v) spasticity assessment in cerebral palsy, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders. I will conclude with my current thoughts – that technology is necessary but not be sufficient to improve healthcare delivery and a discussion on the missing needs is warranted.


Harinath Garudadri is an Associate Research Scientist at the UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute of Calit2. He moved to academia in Nov. 2013 after 26 years in the industry to work on technologies that will improve healthcare delivery beyond hospital walls. He has a PhD in electrical engineering (1988) from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. where he spent half his time in ECE and the other half in School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. His industry contributions have been incorporated into cell phones and commercial networks. Hari has 42 granted patents (9 in body area networks, 8 in audio, 6 in video, 5 in speech, 3 in biomedical signal processing, and 11 in voice recognition), and over 18 pending patents in biomedical signal processing and related areas. Hari has over 43 peer-reviewed publications. His contributions were incorporated in 14 international standards specifications.