Invited Lecture on "Smarter Health Care Services and Analytics" by Christian Guttmann (IBM Melbourne)

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Date: June 14th 2013

Location: URJC, Campus de Móstoles, Departamental II, Salón de grados

11:00 - 13:00: Invited Lecture on Smarter Health Care Services and Analytics -- June 14th 2013



According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), non-communicable diseases will cost $47 Trillion by 2030 and present a clear threat to human health, development and economic growth. If our health care system remains as outdated as it is, we will not have sufficient resources to deliver health care at our current standard of quality, let alone improve on it. We need to transform the 60ies model of health care into an interconnected and comprehensive model, and the good news is that research in artificial intelligence can address many technology challenges in this transformation. This talk will discuss technologies that will likely play a significant role in improving health care, medicine and bio-engineering. I will introduce key research activities of our IBM lab and a preliminary research agenda for health care management, coordination, and service delivery. The talk will also reflect on lessons learnt in using Distributed AI for the coordination of health care, and highlight the need to define challenges together with health care experts.

Speaker: Christian Guttmann

Dr. Guttmann leads and defines projects around health care at the newly established IBM Research labs in Melbourne – the 11th lab of IBM Research worldwide. One focus of Guttmann’s work is to build smarter analytics that enables health care entities (doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.) to collaborate more efficiently in complex environments. His work addresses the information and communication challenges faced by tomorrow’s world of health care: How can we create and apply smarter collaborative health care technologies that cope with the tsunami of chronic diseases.

Prior to IBM, Dr. Guttmann led the research theme on health care and disaster at the Etisalat British Telecom Innovation Centre (EBTIC). The theme partnered with major stakeholders, including governmental health authorities and ministries. He has been a research fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, where he researched how intelligent systems can improve collaborative care (done together with primary health care providers). He worked also in industrial projects with HP and Ericsson.

Dr. Guttmann holds a PhD degree from Monash University, two Master degrees from Paderborn University (Germany) and the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), and a psychology degree from Stockholm University (Sweden). He organised major conferences and workshops, edited two books on intelligent agent technologies, and co-authored over 30 articles in leading conferences and journals.