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The Technology Applications to Improve Public Health Working Group

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Technology Applications to Improve Public Health Working Group Co-Chairs


Eric Hekler, PhD
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Eric Hekler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health, the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, and a faculty member of the UC San Diego Design Lab.

His research is broadly focused on advancing methods in the design, creation, optimization, evaluation, and reuse (scaling up and out) of digital health technologies. His goal is to contribute towards a form of applied science that facilitates equitable participation, contribution, and benefit for all.

There are three interdependent themes to his research, advancing: 1) methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2) methods and processes to help people and communities help themselves: and 3) research pipelines to achieve efficient, rigorous, context-relevant solutions for complex problems, a domain he and his colleagues have called agile science. He has over 100 publications that span the many disciplines he contributes and has an active federal and foundation funding. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of digital health.


Nadir Weibel, PhD
UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Weibel’s work on Human-Centered Computing is situated at the intersection of computer science, design and the health sciences. He is a computer scientist who investigates tools, techniques and infrastructure supporting the deployment of innovative interactive multimodal and tangible devices in context. He is also an ethnographer, using novel methods for studying and quantifying the cognitive consequences of the introduction of this technology in the everyday life.

Research in his lab investigates tools, techniques and infrastructure to create effective, people-centered, interactive and multimodal physical-digital systems for healthcare. Current work exploits mobile devices, depth-cameras, wearable and ubiquitous computing, as well as augmented reality as a support for critical health and healthcare settings.