GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar: Mayank Goel "Teaching Old Sensors New Tricks"


A fundamental issue with any new sensing technology is the deployment burden. The new technology often comes with a rigid and perhaps expensive list of pre-requisites; and it affects the overall cost-effectiveness, deployability, and accessibility of the solution. For example, a user might find it hard to buy and carry a medical device with them every day. The primary theme of my research has been to reduce the adoption and deployment barriers of new sensing technologies by using the sensors that are already around us. In this talk, I will present my research on extending the capabilities of the on-board sensors on consumer devices for various applications. First, I will discuss how we can leverage the on-device sensors for building health technologies that work as well as their clinically-approved counterparts, and as they continue to evolve through deployments in various parts of the world. Finally, I will discuss how my work in extending the on-device sensors is shaping my interests in informing the design of future consumer smart devices, and how I plan to continue to lower the adoption barriers for new sensing technologies.


Mayank Goel is an Assistant Professor in ISR and HCII in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He leads the Smart Sensing for Humans (Smash) Lab at CMU and focuses on designing new sensing systems using sensors and devices that are already present in a user's environment. The lab aims to solve hard problems in various domains, including health sensing, technologies for global development, and novel interactive systems. Some of his inventions are currently deployed in clinics around the world and are used by several thousand patients every month. Many of these technologies are currently going through regulatory approvals. Mayank received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016.

Event Details


  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Technology Square Research Building, Atlanta, GA

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