Monday, April 6, 2015 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Navid Amini
Postdoctoral Fellow
UCLA Stein Eye Institute
UCLA Wireless Health Institute


The rapid advancement of sensing, computing, and wireless communication technology has given rise to the emerging field of Wireless Health, which transforms healthcare services from a paradigm based on episodic examination, diagnosis, and treatment to one with continuous monitoring, prediction, and prevention. Wireless health-monitoring systems hold the promise of revolutionizing the accessibility, quality, financing, and delivery of healthcare in much the same way that low-cost cellular telephone technology dramatically changed telecommunications worldwide. In this talk, I will present an end-to-end research methodology for design and development of next generation health-monitoring platforms with a particular emphasis on their data analysis . A data-driven system design approach is described to enhance the usability of these systems while improving medical outcomes. Results on several ongoing research projects and clinical trials are introduced with a special focus on activity monitoring, gait analysis, and motor rehabilitation. I will also present my experiences in designing health-monitoring systems that address important health challenges, such as childhood obesity, low vision, and elderly falls.

Speaker Bio

Navid Amini is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Stein Eye Institute and a researcher at UCLA Wireless Health Institute. His research interests lie broadly in medical informatics with emphasis on innovative sensing and computing technologies for wireless health applications. He received his B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Sharif University in 2007. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in computer science from UCLA in 2010 and 2012. He is a principal investigator of an NIH-funded proposal, where he investigates different wearable sensing technologies and machine learning techniques to quantify the behavior of non-visual sensory system and the impact of low vision on daily activities and quality of life. He has served on the Technical Program Committee for several conferences in the field of medical informatics. He is one of the organizers of the ACM International Workshop on Smart Health Systems and Applications. He is a named inventor on three US patents, two of which have been licensed and moving towards commercialization. He is the current recipient of the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award at UCLA and he has received unrestricted gifts from influential companies such as Google and Symantec for pursuing end-to-end collaborative research.