Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar

This seminar series was run by Prof. Ambuj Tewari during 2013-2018. These pages are now for archival purposes only. Funding for the seminar series came, in part, from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Smartphones and other mobile computing devices create unique opportunities, as well as challenges, in designing interventions for treatment of various disorders. On the one hand, smartphones offer a wonderful opportunity for tracking a person’s status over time and offering personalized treatment that is geared towards helping him/her the best. On the other hand, there are significant challenges such as: figuring out the types of interventions that work best when delivered over a smartphone, balancing short term gains with long term outcomes, dealing with changes that the smartphone cannot track, keeping the person’s interest intact in using the app, not draining the phone’s battery, and dealing with failures (person may not always use the app, wireless network may not always be available). Designing, implementing and evaluating mobile interventions is therefore an interdisciplinary research area requiring collaboration of researchers from behavioral, computational, medical, and statistical sciences.

Pushing mobile interventions forward was a seminar series (see list of seminars held here) whose goals were:

  • To facilitate free exchange of ideas communication between researchers across disciplines such as computer science, information studies, pharmacy, medicine, and statistics.
  • To enable contacts between researchers and clinicians so that ideas can be tested, refined and ultimately deployed in real world.
  • To create opportunities for students, undergraduate and graduate, to interact with renowned scholars both from UM as well as other institutions.
  • To help graduate students in their doctoral research if they plan to work in one of the areas covered by the seminar series.
  • To foster interdisciplinary research collaborations by strengthening existing one and by forging new ones