Personal Health Navigator for Cybernetic Health

Professor Ramesh Jain
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

Chaired by
Dr KANKANHALLI, Mohan, Provost's Chair Professor, School of Computing

  27 Nov 2017 Monday, 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

 Executive Classroom, COM2-04-02


Health is a continuous state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. A person's health is the result of genetics, lifestyle, environment, and socio-economic situation. Though health is a continuous state, resource limitations resulted in considering health as reactive and episodic aspect of life. Availability of technology and resources suggests that our perspective on health should be adjusted to reflect reality. Advances in smart phones, sensors, and wearable technology are now making it possible to analyze and understand an individual's life style from mostly passively collected objective data streams to build her model and predict important health events in her life. Availability of massive processing power suggests that cybernetic approach may help people manage lifestyle and environment for many chronic conditions, such as Diabetes. Three major components in building such cybernetic systems are: building personal model, using diverse observations for estimating current health state, and guiding people through lifestyle and environment for best results. We will discuss these approaches that lead to developing a personal health navigator for helping people in getting to desirable health states.


Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator.

He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. His current research passion is in addressing health issues using cybernetic principles building on the progress in sensors, mobile, processing, and storage technologies. He is founding director of the Institute for Future Health at UCI. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The university of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE.

Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. He enjoys new challenges and likes to use technology to solve them. He is participating in addressing the biggest challenge for us all: how to live long in good health.