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Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed and Richard Love Publish Book Chapter, The Marquette Palliative Care System

Link to Open Access: The Marquette Palliative Care System

Abstract: Worldwide, major clinical barriers to effective palliative care are the absence of a. current data on symptom type and intensity; b. immediately accessible information on practical, affordable, and effective interventions; and c. self-sustaining systems to facilitate physician engagement in continuing palliative care. Our adaptable system, developed for Bangladesh and Nepal, addresses these barriers. A tele-home palliative care program facilitates home care, minimizes expense, and encourages efficient professional practitioner involvement employing two information technology tools: a patient cell-phone “app” on the Android platform with a 15-item symptom questionnaire and an Internet website with health information sections for patients/families and for clinicians. The physician section contains a guide for patient symptom review, clinical practice palliative care guidelines, secured patient demographics, medical summaries, and current and past symptom reports along with prescription-writing capability. The system is managed by a local organization that registers patients and their physicians, instructs patients on the free downloadable application and completes their demographic and medical summaries, and arranges collection of a modest fee. The organization also ensures regular physician/clinic visits by the patient or by a family member with a patient phone check-in, at least every 2 weeks.

Nazmus Sakib and Devansh Saxena Publish Paper on “Confronting Autism in Bangladesh”

Nazmus Sakib and Devansh Saxena have recently published a peer-reviewed paper titled as “Confronting Autism in Urban Bangladesh: Unpacking Infrastructural and Cultural Challenges” in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology. This research was a multidisciplinary collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology, Marquette University, Purdue University, University of Toronto, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, National Institute of Mental Health Bangladesh, Institute of Pediatric Neuro disorders and Autism Bangladesh. Following is the context of this paper in a nutshell.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a critical problem worldwide; however, low and middle-income countries (LMICs) often suffer more from it due to the lack of contextual research and effective care infrastructure. Moreover, ASD in LMICs offers unique challenges as cultural misperceptions and social practices often impede effective care there. However, the recent growth in mobile phone adoption in many LMICs has created a timely opportunity for improving ASD care practices through digital means. We present qualitative findings on the challenges of designing mobile assistive technologies for ASD in Bangladesh. Our data reveal a set of technical, social, and cultural challenges with caregivers and care professionals for designing a meaningful technology for them. We show how those challenges are deeply rooted in the broader infrastructural and cultural tensions of the country. We also present embedded design implications to overcome these challenges.

Jannat Tumpa Attends Grace Hopper 2018 on Scholarship

Tumpa_GHCUbicomp Lab member, Jannat Tumpa received Student Scholarship to attend Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) on Sep 26-28, 2018 at Houston, Texas. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists organized by Anita Borg Institute in partnership with ACM which takes place every year to encourage more women in technology and to reduce the gender disparity in the tech field. Among 22,000 people attending GHC this year, only 867 students received the scholarship from across the globe. The experience of GHC helped Jannat to broaden her vision about her career by attending various keynote and technical sessions, to make lots of new networks in the career expo organized by 200+ sponsor companies and to know more about current ongoing research from the poster sessions.

New Publication in Elsevier Journal Smart Health

Smartphone-based Human Hemoglobin Level Measurement Analyzing Pixel Intensity of a Fingertip Video on Different Color Spaces has been published in the Elsevier Journal Smart Health (Vol 5-6, January 2018, pp. 26-39). In this work by members of the Ubicomp Lab, RGB information of a 10-second fingertip video is used to covert into different color spaces including hue, saturation, value, lightness, and gray. Later, features are extracted from all the combinations of 10 different colors and applied to a Partial Least Squares algorithm. A prediction model is developed with data collected from patients, and achieves a reliable accuracy for detecting hemoglobin level. The article is available here.

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Nominated for the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Scholar of the Year Award

Dr. Ahamed has been nominated for the Klingler College Arts & Sciences Scholar of the Year Award. The annual college-wide awards ceremony recognizes faculty, students and staff for exemplary contributions to the college. The 2018 awards program will take place on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m. in the Eisenberg Reading Room-Sensenbrenner Hall.  There are 10 award categories and the awardee for each will be announced at the ceremony. Congratulations to Dr. Ahamed!

Md Kamrul Hasan Receives Travel Grant for IEEE BHI 2018

PhD student Md Kamrul Hasan has received a Graduate Research Travel Award to cover expenses to present two posters at the IEEE Biomedical and Health Informatics conference, to be held in Las Vegas, March 3-8,2018.

Hasan’s research work, “NICE HELP: Non-Invasive Computational Evolution (NICE) for Hemoglobin Level Prediction (HELP)” will be presented as a poster. His work on “ProPar HELP: Programming in Parallel (ProPar) for Hemoglobin Level Prediction (HELP) in the Cloud” will also be presented as a poster at the conference.

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