I am a sixth-year graduate student in the Sensors Lab in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at UMass Amherst, where I have been working since January 2013. My advisor is Prof. Deepak Ganesan, CICS, and I am also mentored by Prof. Christopher Salthouse, ECE. I previously worked in the Architecture and Language Implementation (ALI) lab, advised by Charles Weems, CICS.
I received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering concentration, magna cum laude, from Grove City College in spring 2011. I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UMass in the summer of 2009.
My research focus is in the embedded devices and sensors area of cyber-physical systems (CPS), especially in the fields of mobile health (mHealth) and wearable computing. I believe that the incredible technical achievements in small-form-factor devices in the past few years, and the subsequent explosion of wearable devices, presents a fantastic opportunity for research that will positively affect people's everyday lives. My passion is to synthesize other fields, both in and out of computer science, into mHealth to see what interesting possibilities may arise.
I am also interested in several closely related topics, such as:
- Advanced mHealth in Smartphones
- Pushing mHealth in the mobile phone space (where it originated) by integrating state-of-art advancements in machine learning and biotechnology so as to push the medical uses of smartphones as far as possible.
- Ultra-Low-Power (ULP) Camera Applications
- As the advent of ubiquitous low-power wearables and the Internet-of-Things approaches, there is an impending need for practical but extremely energy-efficient cameras to serve as the "eyes" for these kinds of ULP devices.
- Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD)
- A secondary application of cheap, practical ULP devices is environments where electricity is scarce, as is the case in almost all areas of the third world. I have a deep interest in folding mHealth and embedded sensing techniques into projects targeted at improving quality of life for people living in developing countries.