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HII Seminar to Feature Talk on Big Data and Health

There is invaluable information health professionals can learn from the devices most of us interact with almost every hour of the day, but gathering and translating that data from our cell phones and FitBits into knowledge we can use presents a challenge. To discuss how to tackle that challenge, the second Health Informatics Institute seminar of the 2017 – 2018 series welcomes James M. Regh, a leading expert in gathering massive amounts of data from mobile and wearable devices.

Join us on October 5th, in room 241 Russell Hall, Health Sciences Campus, at 12:00 p.m. to hear Dr. Regh “Big Data in Behavioral Medicine.”

Dr. Rehg is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is Director of the Center for Behavioral Imaging and co-Director of the Center for Health Analytics and Informatics (CHAI) and the Computational Perception Lab (CPL). He received his Ph.D. from CMU in 1995 and worked at the Cambridge Research Lab of DEC (and then Compaq) from 1995-2001, where he managed the computer vision research group. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2001 and a Raytheon Faculty Fellowship from Georgia Tech in 2005. He and his students have received best student paper awards at ICML 2005, BMVC 2010, Mobihealth 2014, and Face and Gesture 2015, and a 2013 Method of the Year Award from the journal Nature Methods.

Dr. Rehg serves on the Editorial Board of the Intl. J. of Computer Vision, and he served as the Program co-Chair for ACCV 2012 and General co-Chair for CVPR 2009, and is serving as Program co-Chair for CVPR 2017. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds 25 issued US patents. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, robot perception and mobile health. Dr. Rehg was the lead PI on an NSF Expedition to develop the science and technology of Behavioral Imaging, the measurement and analysis of social and communicative behavior using multi-modal sensing, with applications to developmental disorders such as autism. He is currently the Deputy Director of the NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), which is developing novel on-body sensing and predictive analytics for improving health outcomes. 

Health Informatics Institute launches brown bag series to talk research in progress

The Health Informatics Institute (HII) announces the addition of a brown bag seminar series. This informal series provides a forum for researchers to discuss future or ongoing health informatics-related work, with the goal of receiving feedback, finding collaborators, identifying projects for future grant submissions, etc.

Tim Heckman, HII director, will give the first presentation on October 12th at 12:00 p.m. in the Rhodes Garden Level Room on the Health Sciences Campus. Following brown bag talks will meet at the same time and location:

November 9: Steve Bellan, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, UGA College of Public Health

December 14: Lesley Clack, assistant professor of health policy and management,UGA College of Public Health

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For questions, contact Andreas Handel (


2017 – 2018 HII Seminars to Begin This Thursday

The 2017 – 2018 Health Informatics Institute seminar series kicks off this Thursday, September 7th at 12:00 p.m, in 241 Russell Hall, Health Sciences Campus

This Thursday’s seminar will feature the Georgia Informatics Institute founding director, Kyle JohnsenDr. Johnsen is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is the founding director of the Georgia Informatics Institutes (GII) for Research and Education.  His highly interdisciplinary research is in the design and evaluation of novel human-computer systems, particularly those that involve ubiquitous computing and virtual reality, that address societal problems. Examples of his work can be found in the NOAA-funded Marine Debris Tracker App (, NSF-funded Virtual STEM Buddies exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and NIH-funded

The seminar, titled “Informatics of Virtual Experiences: Applications in Health and Education,” will focus on the innovative and useful informatics systems that can be created by tying together user identity, interactions with virtual experiences, and activities in real life.  Concrete examples from past and current projects will be presented as well as opportunities for future research and collaborations.

The series will continue each month, hosting seminars in Russell Hall on the first Thursday of the month. For more information, please contact Dr. Andreas Handel at .

HII Inaugural Seminar

Current Issues in Health Informatics – Health Informatics Institute Inaugural Seminar

Time: April 13, 2017 – 11:30am – 1pm
Location: 241 Russell Hall, UGA Health Sciences Campus
Mark Braunstein, M.D., professor of the practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing, will speak on the emerging issues facing health informatics in a lecture sponsored by the newly formed UGA Health Informatics Institute. Join the HII and the College of Public Health Thursday, April 13 at 11:30 am on the Health Sciences Campus in Russell Hall Room 241. Refreshments will be provided.

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