Advanced Sensing Technologies for Healthcare Automation

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community



Mahla Poudineh

Assistant Professor
University of Waterloo


Advanced Sensing Technologies for Healthcare Automation

The absence of an automated healthcare stems from the current system's reliance  on doctor visits and delayed test results. The long-term vision of my lab is to take steps towards  making healthcare more automated. This involves establishing sensors that continuously monitor  the health status of patients and advanced control algorithms that process this real-time data for  triggering the drug delivery. To reach this goal, we are developing advanced sensors for health  monitoring and better disease understanding, with the ultimate goal of creating a closed-loop  platform for healthcare automation. Our advancements introduce a new generation of polymeric  wearable systems for minimally invasive monitoring and treatment in outpatient settings. We also  develop technologies that enable continuous, real-time tracking of clinically important biomarkers,  an urgent need that cannot be accomplished using gold standard techniques. The new advances  reported in this talk, enrich the level of information that can be collected from different body fluids,  introducing novel diagnostic and monitoring tools for diverse diseases, signifying the first steps  towards a more automated healthcare.


Mahla Poudineh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo,  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of IDEATION Lab  (Integrated Devices for Early disease Awareness and Translational applicatIONs Laboratory)  since January 2020. She is currently visiting MIT on a sabbatical leave. Poudineh received her  Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, under supervisor of Prof.  Shana Kelley and Prof. Edward Sargent in 2017. Prior to joining Waterloo, she completed  postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto and Stanford University, School of Medicine in  2018 and 2019, respectively. Her research interests include developing new technologies for  diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, continuous health monitoring and translating biomedical  devices to the clinic and market. Her research has been selected as Science Translational  Medicine Editor’s choice article and highlighted in the Nature News&Views. She was the recipient  of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Research Excellence Award, Ontario Early Researcher  Award, and the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award (Technology Category).