QI brings together experts in engineering, medicine, public health and the biological, behavioral, and social sciences to develop innovative approaches to improving health and health care delivery. Through the development of advanced sensors, testing, and diagnostic tools that facilitate early detection, QI research is helping to gradually shift the healthcare paradigm from a “sickness” model that focuses on treatment and recovery toward a “wellness” model that has a primary emphasis on the successful maintenance of good health. Along with these tools, QI researcher are developing sophisticated biomedical cyberinfrastructure to store, integrate, compute, visualize and model patterns of data important to health, including based on a wealth of new wearable fitness trackers that monitor patients 24/7.

By creating digitized sources and sensors for collecting biomedical data and monitoring physiological behaviors, along with the necessary infrastructure to support these tools, researchers hope to provide personalized, efficient plans that can give feedback on the effects of diet and exercise as well as further revolutionize fundamental research in biomedicine and neuroscience.


2014-2015 Round

  • Rapid, Ultralow-Cost Multiplexed Point-of-Care (POC) Testing of Infectious Diseases for Global Health, PI Drew Hall (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Introducing Engineering and Impacting Underserved Communities via Wireless Health, PI Todd Coleman (Bioengineering)
  • Cartridge Lab-on-Chip (CLOC) for Mobile Health, PI Shaya Fainman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Vitrification of Encapsulated Stem Cell Derived Islets for Treatment of Diabetes, PI Pamela Itkin-Ansari (Pediatrics)
  • Closed Loop Feedback for Burst Spinal Cord Stimulation: Treatment of Pain and PTSD, PI Imanuel Lerman (Anesthesiology)
  • An Interdisciplinary Study of the Mechanism(s) Of The Health Benefits Of Yoga Compared with Aerobic Exercise, PI Linda Hill (Family and Preventive Medicine)
  • Anomaly Detection and Labeling Algorithms for Unobtrusive Sensing, PI Ramon Huerta (BioCircuits Institute)

2012-2013 Round

  • Virtual San Diego Environment for Visualizing the Exposome, PI Kevin Patrick, Family and Preventive Medicine)
  • Distributed Health Initiative: Towards a Global Tricorder, PI Albert Lin (QI)
  • Cognitive Healthcare: An Enabling Android Infrastructure, PI Tara Javidi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Automatic Radiotherapy Treatment Plan Recommendation, PI Yuanyuan Zhou (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Creating a Communications Mesh Network to Support San Diego Medical Centers During Disasters, PI Jay Doucet (School of Medicine)
  • Flexible EEG ‘Patch’ for Point-of-Care Health Monitoring, PI Deli Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Optically-Assisted Needle

2010-2011 Round

  • Automatic Facial Expression Analysis for Measurement of Pain and Stress, PI Jeannie Huang, M.D. (Pediatrics, Rady Children’s Hospital)
  • SoniCAVE: An Immersive Visual/Auditory Simulator to Reduce Medical Error and Stress, PI Peter Otto (Department of Music and QI)
  • 3D Enabled Surgical System, PI Mark Talamini, M.D. (Surgery)
  • Enabling a Revolution in Digitized Medicine by Compressing and Querying Genomic Sequence Fragments, PI George Varghese (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • Enhancement of a Modified Nintendo Wii Game Controller, PI Paul Blair (QI)
  • Low-Cost Lab-on-Chip Sensor Platform, PI Deli Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)