Monday, February 16, 2015 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Philip Asare
PhD candidate
University of Virginia


Though the divide-and-conquer approach to engineering has many benefits, it can lead to the situation of losing the forest for the trees. Systems thinking gives us a more holistic view of problems and their solutions: it provides a path for addressing issues that arise through interaction between different components while incorporating diverse perspectives of the problem. In this talk I will discuss my general interest in combining systems thinking and careful abstraction as a theme for addressing interdisciplinary problems where computer engineering plays an important role, and highlight two related pieces of work where I (in collaboration with others) have applied this theme to address the interdisciplinary issue of patient safety of emerging medical technologies.

Speaker Bio

Philip Asare is a PhD candidate in Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA). He is co-advised by Professors John Lach and John Stankovic. His research interests are the general area of cyber-physical systems with applications in healthcare, industrial automation, transportation, and robotics. He received his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Some of his honors include a Google Lime Scholarship (2013-2014), a Charles L. Brown 1st Year PhD Fellowship at UVA (2011-2012), an NSF/FDA Scholar-in Residence Fellowship (2012-2013), a Voigt Teaching Fellowship at UVA (Spring 2014), selection to participate in the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum (2013), and two best paper awards at the International Conference on Body Area Networks (2013 and 2014). You can find out more about him on his website: