Healthcare Promotion: End-to-End Research in Wireless Health

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: Wenyao Xu

Host Faculty: Professor Ramesh Karri


Solving healthcare related problems is one of the grand challenges in the 21st century. In many nations, the need to improve existing medical and healthcare services is becoming increasingly important due primarily to the growing population and ageing society. The rapid advancement of sensors, electronics and wireless communication technology has brought rise to a new research field called Wireless Health. This field aims to deliver solutions in healthcare that can not only be resolved by pieces of engineering work, but require the efforts of many people in Engineering, Computer Science and Medicine, resulting in 'End-to-End Research in Wireless Health'.

In this talk, I will introduce my research experiences in Wireless Health. I highlight how to team up with medical professionals to solve real healthcare problems. Through a concrete example, Smart Bedsheet, I elaborate on our end-to-end work of developing healthcare solutions to enable pressure ulcer (bedsore) reduction, including identifying problems, proposing solutions, developing systems and clinical verification. In addition, I also introduce other projects that address important health challenges, such as fall prevention, obesity control and rehabilitation.

About the Speaker

Wenyao Xu is a Ph.D candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, supervised by Majid Sarrafzadeh in the Wireless Health Institute. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. from Zhejiang University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His research interests are in the area of embedded systems, computational modeling and algorithm design. During his Ph.D study, he focused on new sensing and computing technologies for healthcare applications. Wenyao received best demo paper awards in ACM Wireless Health Conference 2011 and Body Sensor Network Conference 2012. He holds five U.S. patents, which are licensed to nationally renowned bio-medical device companies. He is a co-founder of Medisens Wireless Inc., a start-up in San Jose, focused on commercializing several of his research products.