Panel: Technology for Patients at Home: A Global, Current Health Informatics Perspective
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:00 AM

James Rehg

Professor, College of Computing

Georgia Tech

Dr. Rehg's research interests include computer vision, computer graphics, machine learning, robotics, and distributed computing. He co-directs the Computational Perception Laboratory (CPL) and is affiliated with the GVU Center, Aware Home
Research Institute, and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Science. In past years he has taught "Computer Vision" (CS 4495/7495) and "Introduction to Probabilistic Graphical Models" (CS 8803). He is currently teaching "Pattern Recognition" (CS 4803) and "Computer Graphics" (CS 4451).

Dr. Rehg received the 2005 Raytheon Faculty Fellowship Award from the College of Computing. His paper with Ph.D. student Yushi Jing and collaborator Vladimir Pavlovic was the recipient of a Distinguished Student Paper Award at the 2005 International Conference on Machine Learning. Dr. Rehg currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision. He was the Short Courses Chair for the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) in 2005 and the Workshops Chair for ICCV 2003.

Dr. Rehg consults for several companies and has served as an expert witness. His research is funded by the NSF, DARPA, Intel Research, Microsoft Research, and the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories.

Lucienne Ide

Founder and CEO


Lucie brings her diverse experiences in medicine, science, venture capital and technology to bear in leading Rimidi Diabetes, a software company focused on improving the cycle of care in diabetes management.  After earning a BA in Physics from Middlebury College, Lucie joined the National Security Agency followed by Raytheon Systems Corporation as a Signal Communications Analyst. She then joined Monarch Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on emerging wireless and satellite communications technologies. With a desire to shift her scientific focus to human health, Lucie completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Emory University, earning a joint M.D. and a Ph.D. in pharmacology. Following internship at UPMC Magee Womens’ Hospital in Pittsburgh, Lucie saw an opportunity to make an impact on our healthcare system that was undergoing massive changed fueled by economic pressures, policy change, and technological innovations. She co-founded Rimidi Diabetes in 2012.

Omer Inan

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Tech

Omer Inan is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he researches physiological and biomedical sensing and monitoring. Before joining Georgia Tech, Omer finished his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering in ‘04, ‘05, and ‘09, respectively, from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Lieberman Fellowship in 2008-’09 for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service. From 2009-‘13, he continued his research at Stanford as a Visiting Scholar while also working as Chief Engineer at Countryman Associates, a high-end professional audio manufacturer. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, and technical program committee member for several international biomedical engineering conferences. During his undergraduate studies at Stanford, Omer competed as a discus and shot put thrower on the Track and Field Team, and was a three-time All-American in the discus throw.  

Robert Choi

Chief Strategy Officer

Collain Healthcare

Robert L. Choi has founded and managed several population health management and technology companies.  He is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Collain Healthcare, an LG CNS Company, and exclusive commercialization and innovation partner for LG CNS Healthcare Solutions.  His focus includes development and commercialization of next-generation health information platforms and connectivity solutions for the long term post acute care industry and digital health apps for consumer-connected care including the LG Interactive Virtual CareTM framework.  He has extensive experience in healthcare provider operations across long term, post acute, community-based care and population health initiatives.  He previously served as a Vice President at Harden Healthcare, a provider to 34,000 patients daily.   He is an active investor and advisor of several healthcare provider organizations, technology startups and investment groups involved in population health, long term post acute care, concierge medicine and senior housing real estate.  He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta. 

Keynote: Jeff Leddy, Verizon Telematics
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:10 PM

Jeff Leddy

Chief Executive Officer

Verizon Telematics

Mr. Leddy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Telematics, Inc. (f.k.a. Hughes Telematics). Verizon Telematics is the leading provider of full service connected services to the automobile industry providing services to both factory equipped vehicles and aftermarket vehicles. It provides these services today in North America, China and Europe. Mr. Leddy was the founder of Hughes Telematics in 2006 and provided executive leadership in the development of the company’s strategic vision and implementation of its connected car services. He also led the company through two important transactions, first a business combination with Polaris Acquisition Corp. (a public special purpose acquisition company), followed by the acquisition of the company by Verizon in 2012. Mr. Leddy served as a member of its board of directors since the inception and as the Chief Executive Officer from December 2006. From April 2003 through December 2006, Mr. Leddy served as Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (SkyTerra). Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer and President, Mr. Leddy served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of SkyTerra from October 2002 and its Senior Vice President of Operations from June 2002. From September 1980 to December 2001, Mr. Leddy worked for EMS Technologies serving as its President for many of those years. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Leddy served on the board of directors of Hughes Communications, Inc. and Hughes Systique Corporation and on the board of managers of Hughes Network Systems, LLC. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Leddy served on the board of directors of SkyTerra. Mr. Leddy presently serves on the board of Global Eagle Entertainment, the leading full service platform offering both content and connectivity for the worldwide airline industry. Mr. Leddy received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in Stanford, California.


Panel: Smart and Autonomous Transportation
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:00 PM

Bruce Walker

Associate Professor, School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing

Georgia Tech

Bruce Walker is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech, in the Schools of Psychology and Interactive Computing. His Sonification Lab studies the human-computer interaction (HCI) issues in non-traditional interfaces, ranging from mobile devices, to cockpits and vehicle displays, to multimodal interfaces in complex task environments. Particular research interests include sonification and auditory displays. Professor Walker teaches HCI, Sensation & Perception, Auditory Interfaces, and Assistive Technology. In addition to academic research leading to over 120 publications, he has worked and consulted on projects for NASA, state and federal governments, private companies, and the military.


Henrik Christensen

KUKA Chair of Robotics and a Distinguished Professor of Computing

Georgia Tech

Henrik I Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics and a Distinguished Professor of Computing with the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Dr. Christensen was initially trained in Mechanical Engineering and worked subsequently with MAN/BW Diesel. He earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. EE degrees from Aalborg University, 1987 and 1990, respectively.

Dr. Christensen does research on robotics with a particular emphasis on a systems perspective to the problem. Solutions must have a strong theoretical basis, a corresponding well-defined implementation and it must be evaluated in realistic settings. There is a strong emphasis on “real systems for real applications!”. The research has involved collaborations with ABB, Electrolux, Daimler-Chrysler, KUKA, iRobot, Apple, Volvo, SAIC, Boeing, GM, PSA Peugeot, BMW, Yujin, ...

Dr. Christensen has published more than 300 contributions across robotics, vision and artificial intelligence.

He served as the PI for the CCC initiative on US Robotics. He is a PI on ARL MAST CTA, the Robotics-Vo and numerous projects with industry. He was awarded the Joseph Engelberger Award 2011 and also named Boeing Supplier of the Year 2012. He is a fellow of AAAS (2013). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering (Dr. Techn. h.c.) from Aalborg University 2014.  

John Avery

Panasonic Automotive Innovation Center

John Avery currently manages Panasonic's Automotive Innovation Center located in Atlanta and focused on next generation automotive infotainment systems. Panasonic is currently one of the world's largest suppliers of these systems.  John recently directed the software development for a very successful infotainment system currently in the market. 

John is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful startups.  He was co-founder and CTO of Convergence Corp which sold to Amazon.com in 1999 and an early employee and CTO at Mobliss which sold to Index Corp in 2004.  John has 6 patents in multiple fields including a patent on a Spread-Spectrum protocol developed for LXE, and a patent for a search algorithm for Amazon.com.

He has over 25 years experience developing many wireless products from embedded software/hardware to scalable server-side software. He managed the development of a complete wireless PBX voice system incorporating custom hardware and software. He also developed a complete in-building data system for inventory control. He was the chief architect for the web-to-wireless transcoding engine used by Convergence Corp which was acquired by Amazon. He designed and implemented both the SMS Gateway engine and vote counting application used by Mobliss to handle the very high volume SMS vote counting for the American Idol TV show.

John is active in the Atlanta startup community and serves on multiple boards including the Georgia Tech Research and Applied Research Corporations and the Midtown Alliance.

Nick Bell

CIO, Global Product Development

General Motors

Nick Bell was appointed as the CIO, Global Product Development in December 2012 and is responsible for all IT applications development and support of GM’s Global Product Development function, as well as contributing to the IT Transformational journey in General Motors IT.  His previous IT leadership positions with GM include global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GM’s Manufacturing and Labor group; and Chief Information Officer for GM North America.  

Bell joined GM in 2005, as GM North America region, Process Information Officer for Sales, Service & Marketing Systems, from Volvo Car Corporation, where he was VP and CIO with responsibility for developing Volvo’s global Information Technology Strategy, as well as implementing IT change to align with Corporate objectives and create synergy with Ford Motor Company.  Nick joined Ford Motor Company in 1984, in the United Kingdom, as a Systems Analyst, and progressed through a variety of leadership positions in Ford’s IT group in Europe and the US.

Bell holds a PhD in Engineering from London University, UK.  He earned a Master’s degree from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University, England, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree.

Paul Daunno

Lead Product Development Manager

AT&T IoT Solutions

Paul Daunno is responsible for product development of connected vehicle services within AT&T IoT Solutions.  Paul has been with AT&T and its predecessor companies for nearly 12 years focused on mobility solutions for enterprise business and consumer.  He was the technical lead for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony PlayStation Vita.  Paul’s experience and expertise with connecting non-traditional devices to AT&T’s mobile network is now being utilized to develop innovative capabilities and solutions in support of the AT&T Drive platform.


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