I am pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Nesbitt as CITRIS Chief Scientist at UC Davis. This appointment further highlights the central role telemedicine and remote health care have in the CITRIS mandate. Dr. Nesbitt has been a key contributor to the evolution of telemedicine since the first video-conferencing consultations between doctors at UC Davis Medical College and those at remote hospitals and clinics in the early 1990s. His work at Davis developing a thriving and innovative program has already led to a more equitable distribution of medical care and expertise throughout the state. However, and I think he would agree, we have only begun to see the revolutionary influence that new imaging, remote manipulation, and communication technologies will have on how medicine is practiced in California and beyond. For our part, some CITRIS scientists are developing inexpensive diagnostic field tools that will allow for the quick evaluation of patients in remote locations, while others are forging best practices for medical centers that are trying to make their concentrated expertise and information available to those who need it, regardless of location. Other projects include the development of image recognition software that may help hospitals triage emergency patients before they even arrive in the ER and the design of ways to protect the security and privacy of patients as their images and other sensitive data are passed between different institutions.
This month’s newsletter also looks at another potential revolution, one taking place in UC Merced’s classrooms and computer laboratories. Jeffrey Wright, Merced’s Dean of Engineering and the CITRIS Director at Merced, is determined to cultivate open source software both as a practical alternative to relatively costly and rigid proprietary software, and as a metaphor for rigorous, cooperative, creative, and open pedagogy. In an open source environment, Wright believes, students will master the theoretical and programming skills they need while working on real-world projects that matter.Speaking of global outreach, CITRIS is holding its annual European Research Symposium: Innovative Technologies in the Service of Society in London on July 11 and 12. This event, generously sponsored by BT and Microsoft, and supported by University of California Trust (UK), University College London, and Imperial College London, will feature CITRIS faculty members presenting findings and holding discussion sessions on such topics as wireless sensors and telecommunications, energy and the environment, future network architectures and their impact, and services in the global society. Please feel welcome to join us in London at the Wellcome Trust Building on July 11 and at the Imperial College London on July 12. Online registration is at http://citris-london.eventbrite.com/. I hope to see you there.<!-- InstanceEndEditable --> <!-- InstanceBeginEditable name="Director" -->
Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society