Sim Talk

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Professor Gregory Welch, Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation, cordially invites you to a talk by Associate Professor Andrew Raij.

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Andrew Raij, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrew Raij is a Research Associate Professor and member of the Synthetic Reality Lab (SREAL) at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training. His expertise lies in human-computer interaction as it relates to virtual reality, pervasive health, and their intersection, usually with applications to healthcare and behavior change. Dr. Raij has been an active researcher in these areas for over ten years. From 2004 to 2009, he studied virtual humans for medical interview training and developed sensor-driven after-action review tools for such training sessions. From 2009-2010, as a post-doc at the University of Memphis, he led the FieldStream Framework for Android, a mobile software platform that generates real-time inferences of health behavior and stress from smartphone and wearable sensors. Prior to joining UCF and SREAL, he was an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, where he led the Powerful Interactive Experiences (PIE) Lab. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of Florida in 2009, a M.S. in Computer Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 2001. He is a member of IEEE and a Senior Member of ACM. For more information, visit

Pervasive Health Technology and the Quantified Self: The Story (so far) and New Directions

Recent advances in sensing, wearable technologies, and smartphones are enabling people to play a more significant role in the management of health. Sophisticated tools allow people to track and quantify markers of personal health (e.g., stress and physical activity) and take action based on these markers. All of this happens as people go about normal daily life, and often without interacting with a medical professional. This is both exciting and terrifying, and thus, full of opportunities. This talk will focus (mostly) on the exciting parts: What can we track now and soon? How are people using self-tracking data? Where are we heading and what are the big challenges and opportunities ahead? In addition, we will look at a few influential research projects as well as a few of my own projects in this area, including a new collaboration with faculty at UCF’s College of Nursing.

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2:30-3:30pm

12201 Research Parkway

Orlando, FL

University Tower, Room 490

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