At the Intersection of Communication and Biology

For the past two years, I have been working on problems that exist at the boundary between communications systems and biological systems.  This research has taken two different directions. First, I am developing network and computing systems that will support the Internet of Medical Things, and the analysis of vast medical data that will be collected.  Through the use of deep learning algorithms, it will be possible to analyze data across many different sensor modalities to make better informed medical predictions and recommendations to the Mobile Patient. Second, I am exploring the notion of communication that exists within biological systems—ranging from various inter and intra-cellular signaling pathways, to the networks that exist within the organism. Recently, my collaborators and I have developed a new technique for diagnosing patients with Parkinson’s by examining the patient’s brain network.