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PCOR Research Seminar “Towards mHealth (Pervasive/Ubiquitous Healthcare) Solutions” Sept. 12

The PCOR Seminar is back from summer vacation! We are excited to announce our first presenter of the year, Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed from Marquette University. Dr. Ahamed will present, “Towards mHealth (Pervasive/Ubiquitous Healthcare) Solutions.”

Abstract: As portable devices (cell phones, smart phones, or PDAs), sensors, and RFIDs have become a part of our everyday lives, most of us are living in a more pervasive/ubiquitous computing environment. In the wake of such prevalence of pervasive computing technologies, the interaction among portable devices, sensors, and RFIDs needs to be continuous and imperceptible. Pervasive/ubiquitous computing requires a scalable and robust network which relies heavily on middleware support to resolve communication and security issues. We introduce a secure middleware called S-MARKS, which incorporates device validation, resource discovery, privacy preservation, secure search and authentication for pervasive/ ubiquitous computing systems. In addition, there is a huge potential for the use of pervasive computing technologies in new applications of different areas, such as healthcare, education, and green computing. mHealth (mobile health), the use of wireless devices (such as cell phones) to provide health-related information, is the focus of this healthcare software and systems. mHealth offers a low-cost, efficient way to provide health-related messages to rural and other populations. In this talk, we mainly present a number of our current healthcare software and systems projects, which use mHealth solutions.

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed is a professor of Computer Science and director of Ubicomp lab (www.mscs.mu.edu/~ubicomp) at Marquette University. He is a senior member of the IEEE, ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2003. His research interests include mHealth, security and privacy in pervasive computing, affective computing, middleware for ubiquitous/pervasive computing. Currently, he has several research grants in mHealth area and mobile/pervasive computing area from NIH and other funding agencies. He has a number of collaborative projects with the researchers of different universities and non-profit organizations. He is a recipient of Way-Klinger Young Scholars Award 2007. He has published 100+ peer reviewed journal, conference and workshop papers. He has received nine best paper/posters awards in last five years. One of them was selected the best from 325 submitted papers. Dr. Ahamed serves regularly on international conference program committees in software engineering and pervasive computing such as COMPSAC 13, COMPSAC 12, PERCOM 08, and SAC 08. He is the Workshops Chair of COMPSAC 2009 and COMPSAC 2010. He was the General Chair of COMPSAC 2015. He was the Program Chair of COMPSAC 2011. He was the Program Co-Chair of WPS 2009 and SPTSA 10. He is the Guest Editor of Computer Communications Journal, Elsevier. Here is a link of one of his high impact mHealth projects: http://www.marquette.edu/research/documents/discover-2011-mobile-md.pdf. Dr. Ahamed can be contacted at sheikh.ahamed@mu.edu; http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~iq.

CME Information: All CME attendance records and CME activities run through EthosCE, thus it is important for anyone who wishes to earn CME credit through MCW to set up a learner profile in EthosCE. Instructions for how to set up your profile and enroll in CME activities is in the attachment to this email. The PCOR Seminar Series is part of the Research Learner Group. Please follow the directions on page 2 of the attached document to sign-up. Once you are enrolled in the series, you will automatically receive information about individual seminars that PCOR is hosting. Lunch and refreshments will be served.