Human Centred Systems Seminar: Data-driven Sensor Fusion and Cross Modality Learning in Mobile and Wearable Systems

Speaker: U. Warwick, University of Warwick
UCL Contact: Nic Lane (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 26 May 17, 15:30 - 16:30
Venue: 66-72 Gower St Room 405


Mobile and wearable sensor systems are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and have been widely used in various application scenarios, from controlling self-driving cars, monitoring human behaviours, to digital healthcare. Those systems are typically equipped with multiple types of sensors, which collaboratively sense and perceive the physical world. One of the fundamental challenges in those systems is how to leverage information from heterogeneous sensing modalities, to make them rely less on human assistance but more on computational intelligence. This talk will present some of the recent research in mobile and wearable systems, from applications in autonomous vehicles, to human centric sensing and sensor data analytics. It will discuss various sensor fusion and cross modality learning approaches we have developed, which are able to pull together and penetrate through ambiguous, fragmented, and noisy sensor streams, to generate consistent knowledge and offer continuously improving performance.

U. Warwick

Dr. Hongkai Wen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. Before that he was a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Oxford, where he obtained his D.Phil in Computer Science in 2013. His research interests are in cyber-physical systems, human-centric sensing, and pervasive data science. His research has been supported by EPSRC, Australian Endeavour Fellowship and NVIDIA, and published in a number of flagship conferences and journals including SenSys, IPSN, CVPR, AAAI, TMC and JSAC. He has received two Best Paper Awards in EWSN'13 and IPSN'14, and is a co-founder of the Oxford-based spin-out company Navenio, which has received multiple rounds of investment from leading venture capitals.

Workshop: Personal Genetic Testing: Challenges and Benefits in and Beyond the Clinic

UCL Contact: Steve Marchant (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 27 Jun 17, 09:45 - 19:30
Venue: UCL Anthropology Department, 14 Taviton Street
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The rapid growth of the Personal Genetic Testing (PGT) market raises a number of important scientific, ethical, legal and social concerns, including data security, privacy, and identity, as well as issues around the accuracy, utility, and communication of inferences regarding ancestry, biological predispositions, disease vulnerability, and the sharing of personal data with third parties.
At the same time, PGT has great potential value to individuals and healthcare providers. Realizing this potential requires evidence-based standards for translating commercial genetic testing data into actionable medical information, and educating clinicians and the public on what can and cannot be inferred from personal genomes.
Sponsored by the UCL Grand Challenges Initiative, this workshop aims at establishing a highly interdisciplinary, highly engaged UK-based community of researchers and practitioners that are eager to tackle the various challenges associated with personal genetic testi