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“I strongly believe that if we get the flow of our small data back to us, we can make the right thing happen and in the right way.”

Deborah Estrin is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell NYC Tech, and co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth. From 2000-2013, Estrin was a Professor of Computer Science with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, where she held the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and was Founding Director of the NSF-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS, 2001-2012).

Estrin is a pioneer in networked sensing, which uses mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it. Estrin’s current focus is on mobile health (mhealth), leveraging the programmability, proximity, and pervasiveness of mobile devices and the cloud for health management. Her ongoing projects include Participatory Sensing for civic engagement and STEM education, and self-monitoring applications in support of health and wellness.

Some of her recent publications include “Making Sense of Mobile Health Data: An Open Architecture to Improve Individual- and Population-Level Health” in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, “Open mHealth Architecture: An Engine for Health Care Innovation” in Science Magazine and “Participatory Sensing: applications and architecture (Internet Predictions)” in IEEE Internet Computing.

Estrin is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. She is also a Fellow of the Association for

Computing Machinery, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She was selected as the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer in 2006, was awarded the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation in 2007, inducted into the WITI hall of fame in 2008, and awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL in 2008 and Uppsala University in 2011. Professor Estrin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and into the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.

Estrin received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her B.S. from U.C. Berkeley.