On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, a seminar co-hosted by UC San Diego and LINK-J (at Large Conference Room 201) and a social gathering (on the 10th floor) were held at Nihonbashi Life Science Building (sponsored by UC San Diego, co-sponsored by LINK-J).
Speaker : Dr. Sujit Dey (Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School; Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur ; Director, Center for Wireless Communication)
Master of ceremony : Miwako Waga (Director of International Outreach, UC San Diego)
During this seminar, Dr. Sujit Dey, Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), explained the objectives of the efforts for preventive and daily post-operation care, including the enabling of individualized virtual care, which urges patients to independently change their behavioral patterns while simultaneously reducing medical costs. Multiple projects for promoting healthy aging (a healthy, longer life) were introduced that targeted a variety of symptoms, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental resilience. Dr. Dey explained the system that uses Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) to continuously collect live data about the user's health, activities, sleeping conditions and environmental conditions, and also provides useful analysis for predictive virtual care regarding primary health indices, such as blood pressure, as well as recommendations and interventions individualized for each user and health care provider.
In addition, Dr. Dey introduced the project for developing virtual physical therapy, which makes it easy to realize remote rehabilitation by enabling patients and senior citizens to continue with physical therapy at a low cost. By fully utilizing innovations in wireless sensing, computer visions and artificial intelligence (AI), real-time monitoring, guidance and recommendations are made possible, and health care providers can remotely monitor patients' health condition, status of progress and adaptation to care. Further, Dr. Dey shared a new project for integrating and utilizing cognitive neural engineering, neural gaming, stress neuroendocrinology, epigenetics, digital lifestyle monitoring and AI, aiming at developing methods for evaluating and improving mental resilience and cognitive capabilities throughout patients' lives (especially during the transition from healthy aging to dementia).
UC San Diego's Connected Health Program
UC San Diego's Connected Health Program fully utilizes innovations in the wireless IoMT field to transform the conventional prognostic health care model into independent, continuous and individualized next-generation health care. IoMT includes artificial/virtual reality (AR/VR) technology, machine visions and AI, and edge/cloud computing, as well as IoMT communication technologies. This effort has been collaboratively promoted by UC San Diego's professors at its Jacobs School (Engineering Department/Graduate School) and the Department of Medicine (including medical doctors, physical therapists, cognitive neuroscientists and teachers in the Home Medicine, Psychiatry and Public Health Departments), with a partnership among UC San Diego's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), medical institutions such as Kaiser Permanente and UC San Diego Health, and corporations in the technology field, such as Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Qualcomm, Inc. and Teradata Corporation.
Participants asked many questions such as, "What is the key to success when there are difficulties in a similar program?" to which the seminar provided timely explanations. They actively exchanged opinions during the social gathering.