Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D.

Looking into the Future of Informatics and Healthcare
Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D.
Program Director, NSF
Speaking Time: 12:50pm-13:25pm, 17-Feb-17 (Friday)
Speaking Location: Ballroom-D

Science is changing rapidly and new transdisciplinary approaches are resulting in transformative across domains. Health and medicine have begun to embrace convergent approaches that would allow for transformative approaches that involve expertise from non-traditional disciplines. Biomedical- and Health Informatics are poised to contribute to these changes by bring sophisticated techniques to partnerships in the biomedical realm. This talk will cover some advances being made and a vision for future.

Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and health.  This includes a wide range of methods for data collection, data analytics and turning data to knowledge. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data and robotics, as they relate to health.  More specifically, her efforts include: serving as cochair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development community of practice of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in mobile technology research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. Previously, Wendy was at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).