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2017 MD2K Annual Meeting

The 4rd Annual MD2K All Hands Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. The MD2K Annual Meeting is the only annual event where all MD2K team members are required to attend in person. Attendees will include MD2K team members, Center staff, NIH/NSF officials, other BD2K team members, and University of Memphis officials.

The goals of the annual meeting are to interact face-to-face with other team members, share and learn the progress made so far, review/revise the policies and procedures of the Center, and chart the direction for the future of MD2K. Specifically, we will look to

♦ reflect on the lessons learned in Year 3

♦ Discuss Data Analysis from the MD2K Field Studies (SC & CHF)

♦ create the milestones for success moving forward

♦ explore collaborative synergies within the BD2K consortium and industry

♦ solidify the benchmarks that will be used to track progress throughout this project period

The Annual meeting will have a similar format to previous years' meetings, including: the MD2K business meeting, breakout sessions dedicated to individual Thrust work, and networking & Team Science building activities. 



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Fourth Annual MD2K Meeting
FedEx Institute of Technology - Memphis, TN
October 24 & 25, 2017
Monday, October 23
7:00 – 8:45 Team Dinner, Central BBQ (Downtown), 147 E. Butler Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
Tuesday, October 24
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast, University of Memphis Holiday Inn – Medallion Restaurant
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome – Santosh Kumar
8:45 – 9:00 Introduction/Update to Data Science Research Core – Jim Rehg
Congestive Heart Failure
9:00 – 9:20 CHF: Background, Goals, and Recent Developments – William Abraham
9:20 – 9:40 CHF Study: Overview and Current Recruitment Status – Angela Sow, Michelle Bright
9:40 – 10:00 EasySense: Analysis of Pilot Study & Sensor Refinements – Emre Ertin
10:00 – 10:15 Preliminary Analysis from the Field (Easysense, Weight, GPS, Activity, BP) – Emre Ertin
10:15 – 10:30 Data Analysis of Self-report and Clinical Data – William Abraham & Ramesh Emani
10:30 – 10:45 Publication Plans & Study Goals for next year – William Abraham
10:45 – 11:00 Break
Smoking Cessation
11:00 – 11:15 SC Study: Overview and Current Status – Bonnie Spring
11:15 – 11:30 Video Coding of Lab Data – Nabil Alshurafa
11:30 – 11:45 Analysis from the Field Video Data – Jim Rehg
11:45 – 12:00 Data Yield Analysis for Sensors and EMA Data (Lab & Field) – Memphis lab, NU lab
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Networking (FedEx Institute of Technology)
1:00 – 1:20 – Bonnie Spring, Gregory Abowd, Edison Thomaz
1:20 – 1:30 Detection of Overeating – Nabil Alshurafa
1:30 – 1:45 Detection of Smoking – Nazir Saleheen
1:45 – 2:00 Benefits of sensor-based smoking detection in discovering predictors – Bonnie Spring, Soujanya Chatterjee, Alexander Moreno
2:00 – 2:20 Just In Time Adaptive Intervention: Data analysis – Susan Murphy
2:20 – 2:40 Publication Plans & Study Goals for next year – Bonnie Spring
2:40 – 3:00 MD2K Software Platforms - Current status & future plans
3:00 – 3:15 Thrust 3a: Architecture Methodological Advances Report & Year 4 Agenda – Mani Srivastava
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:00 MD2K Future Planning – Santosh Kumar
4:00 – 4:30* Other MD2K Studies using MD2K Infrastructure: Data Description – Santosh Kumar
Data Description, Sharing, Access, and IRB – Shahin Samiei
4:30 – 5:00* Sustainability and growth of MD2K infrastructure – Santosh Kumar, Ida Sim, Emre Ertin
4:00-5:00* Students and postdocs meeting with Dr. Ed Ramos
*Concurrent Sessions
5:00 – 5:15 Group Photo
5:00 – 6:00 Reception, Networking, and MD2K Poster and Demo Exhibition
6:00 – 8:00 Dinner, FedEx Institute of Technology
7:00 – 8:00* Human Participant Study meeting - Santosh Kumar, Jim Rehg, Billie Nahum-Shani, Moushumi Sharmin
*Concurrent session
Wednesday, October 25
7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast, University of Memphis Holiday Inn – Medallion Restaurant
9:00 – 9:45 Thrust & Core Methodological Advances Report & Year 4 Agenda
Thrust 1: Sensors-to-Information
 – Deepak Ganesan
Thrust 2: Information-to-Knowledge – Jim Rehg
Thrust 3b: Standards – Ida Sim
9:45 – 10:00 Consortium Core – Ida Sim
10:00 – 10:15 Training Core – Vivek Shetty
10:15 – 10:45 Feedback from Program Director & EAB Members – Ed Ramos, EAB
10:45 – 11:00 Conclusion – Santosh Kumar
11:00 – 12:00 MD2K Poster and Demo Session (for the MD2K Team)
11:00 – 12:00* MD2K Core Leads & Program Officer
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & Networking (FedEx Institute of Technology) Box Lunches for those departing
MD2K Career Day
FedEx Institute of Technology - Memphis, TN
October 25, 2017
Transitioning to the Real World: Career Choices After a Ph.D. or an M.D.
12:30 – 12:40 Introduction – Vivek Shetty, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Researhc, UCLA
12:40 – 1:30 Careers in Academia
Clinician Academics
- Dr. Ida Sim, Professor in Medicine, UC San Francisco
Statistics - Dr. Susan Murphy, Statistics, Harvard University; Member, National Academies
Computer Science - Dr. Jim Rehg, Professor, Georgia Tech
1:30 – 2:40

Careers in Leadership, Management, and Administration
Corporate Leadership -
Dr. Eric Fain, Past Senior VP and Group President, Abbott
Funding Agency Leadership - Dr. Ed Ramos, Program Director, NIBIB, NIH
Academic Leadership - Dr. M. David Rudd, President, University of Memphis

2:40 – 3:00 Discussion & Conclusion – Vivek Shetty
3:00 Career Day Concludes

MD2K Team and invited guests:

Santosh Kumar – Director, MD2K Center of Excellence; Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence Professor in the Department of Computer Science

Jim Rehg – Deputy Director of MD2K; Director of the Center for Behavioral Imaging, Georgia Tech

Gregory Abowd – Regents’ and Distinguished Professor at Georgia Tech

William Abraham – Lead for MD2K Congestive Heart Failure Application, Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Deputy Director of Davis Heart and Lung Institute, Ohio State University

Simona Carini – Computer Science, University of California, San Francisco & Open mHealth

David E. Conroy – Preventive Medicine, Penn State University

Duen Horng (Polo) Chau – School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Emre Ertin – Sensor Platform Technologist of MD2K, Ohio State University

Deepak Ganesan – Lead for MD2K Sensor-to-Information; Associate Professor, UMass Amherst

Tim Hnat – Chief Software Architect of MD2K

Jacqueline Kerr – Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, University of California, San Diego

Cho Lam – Research Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah

Benjamin Marlin – Assistant Professor, College of Information and Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Susan Murphy – Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University; Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Vivek Shetty – Lead for MD2K Training Core; Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Research & Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA

Ida Sim – Lead for MD2K Consortium Core; Co-founder of Open mHealth; Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Bonnie Spring – Lead for MD2K Smoking Cessation Application; Director, Center for Behavior & Health, Northwestern University

Mani Srivastava – Lead for MD2K Computing Platforms; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UCLA

David W. Wetter – Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor in Population Health Sciences and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Roy Adams – Post-Doc, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sayma Akther – University of Memphis

Nasir Ali – Post-Doc, University of Memphis

Moustafa Alzantot – University of California, Los Angeles

Nabil Alfashura – Northwestern University

Bharath Balaji – University of California, Los Angeles

Rabin Banjade – University of Memphis

Rummana Bari – University of Memphis

Siddharth Baskar – Post-Doc, The Ohio State University

Michelle Bright – The Ohio State University

Soujanya Chatterjee – University of Memphis

Walter Dempsey – Post-Doc, Harvard University

Dr. Sitaramesh Emani – Director, Heart Failure Clinical Research, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University

Mahmoud Essalat – University of California, Los Angeles

Denzhi Andy Fang – Georgia Institute of Technology

Ryan Graves – University of Memphis

Kristjan Greenewald – Post-Doc, Harvard University

Shiplu Hawlander – University of Memphis

Bo-Jhang Ho – University of California, Los Angeles

Fred Hohman – Georgia Institute of Technology

Monowar Hossain – Lead MD2K Mobile Software Engineer, University of Memphis

Anik Khan – University of Memphis

Hyeokhyen Alan Kwon – Georgia Institute of Technology

Richard Li – Georgia Institute of Technology

Peng Liao – University of Michigan

Addison Mayberry – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Somnath Mitra – University of Memphis

Andrew Moreno – Georgia Institute of Technology

Tim Necamp – University of Michigan

Nusrat Nasrin – MD2K Mobile Software Engineer, University of Memphis

Joseph Noor – University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Polack – Georgia Institute of Technology

Tianchen Qian – Post-Doc, Harvard University

Mashfiqui Rabbi – Post-Doc, Harvard University

Mithun Saha – University of Memphis

Nazir Saleheen – University of Memphis

Hillol Sarker – University of Memphis

Angela Sow – The Ohio State University

Anjana Tiha – University of Memphis

Alessandra Torres – Northwestern University

Md Azim Ullah – University of Memphis

Ashley Walton – Post-Doc, Harvard University

Jiue Yang – Post-Doc, University of California, San Diego

Alina Zaman – University of Memphis

Yun Zhang – Georgia Institute of Technology

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Officials:

Dr. Ed Ramos, NIH – Chief Program Officer for MD2K; Program Director, Division of Health Informatics Technologies (DHIT)

University of Memphis:

Dr. David Rudd – President, University of Memphis

Dr. Karen Weddle-West – Provost, University of Memphis

Dr. Andy Meyers – Vice President, Research

Dr. Thomas Nenon – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal – Chief Innovation Officer and Dean of Graduate School, University of Memphis

Dr. Robert Jackson – Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer

Deborah Hernandez – Director of Research Development

MD2K Executive Advisory Board:

Dr. Eric Fain, St. Jude Medical – Former Group President, Abbott

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About Our Venues


Meeting Location:  The MD2K Annual Meeting will be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology (see map above).  The Methodist Theater will be the main room for participants.

The FedEx Institute of Technology
365 Innovation Drive University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Poster/Demo Session:  The FedEx Institute of Technology Lobby.

Lodging:  Most MD2K participants will be staying at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis campus, across from the FedEx Institute of Technology (see map above).

Fogelman Executive Center – University of Memphis

330 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN 3815

Parking:  Ample and close parking is available in the Fogelman Parking Deck immediately across from the FedEx Institute of Technology (see map above).

Directions from Memphis International Airport (Rental Car Lots)

♦ Turn right onto Democrat Rd.

♦ Take the Plough Blvd./Airways North exit

♦ Take the I-240 exit to Nashville (keep right)

♦ Take the Getwell North exit (exit 20B)

♦ Follow Getwell north until it ends at Park Ave.

♦ Turn right/east onto Park Ave.

♦ Drive one block and turn left/north onto Goodlett St.

♦ Cross the railroad tracks to Central Ave.

♦ Turn left/west on Central – go to the second traffic light

♢ For Fogelman Executive Center: Turn left/south on Innovation Drive (center is on the left) - parking deck is next door

♢ For FedEx Institute: Turn left/south on Innovation Drive (FedEx Institute, 2nd building on the right – parking deck directly across from the building)

The FedEx Institute of Technology 365 Innovation Drive University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152

The FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) serves as the front door to the University of Memphis research infrastructure, and is home to the MD2K Center and will host the Annual Meeting.  The Institute was designed to bridge the gap between industry and academic research in a state-of-the-art building on the campus of the University of Memphis.  The FedEx Institute supports the next generation of start-ups with programs that help entrepreneurs develop their own companies through the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, serves as a gateway to introduce business leaders to the University's vast resources in research via corporate engagement, and boldly invests in promising new innovations that have the potential to be breakthrough commercial products through the Technology Transfer Office.

For more information about the FedEx Institute of Technology:

Fogelman Executive Conference Center and Hotel – University of Memphis
3330 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN 38152

The Fogelman Executive Conference Center will host the MD2K team this year. The Center was built by the University of Memphis to act as a premier meeting venue and think tank site. Designed, built and staffed for conferencing, this facility is known regionally, nationally and internationally as a superior learning and information exchange environment. Here, the staff is highly specialized in event management and service coordination. The Conference Center houses 51 guest rooms, 13 meeting rooms and is adjacent to the University's Holiday Inn hotel.

Memphis, TN is the birthplace of many things. It’s where the world’s first hotel chain (Holiday Inn), the first full-service grocery store (Piggly Wiggly), the first outlet mall and the world’s first and largest overnight package delivery company (FedEx) were all born. Music fans recognize Memphis as the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the place where such legends as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and B. B. King honed their talent. Food aficionados know Memphis for its pork barbecue and soul food. It is also home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Mid-South’s largest medical center and the world’s largest air cargo airport. The city’s vibrant history of culture, music and business innovation has helped shape the world, and it continues to inspire millions of people.

The greater Memphis area has a population of 1.3 million, which makes the city the 20th largest in the country. It offers many cultural and entertainment opportunities, including major museum exhibits, sporting events, concerts, art shows, lectures and community festivals that take place throughout the year. The AAA baseball team, the Redbirds, and the NBA team, the Grizzlies, both call Memphis home.

Several worldwide companies have their headquarters in Memphis. Due to the city’s diverse business and industry landscape, the city offers exceptional student internships and employment opportunities in a variety of fields, both during and after a student’s college career.

A lot of great things have come out of the city of Memphis. We are proud to call it home. is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife and more.  All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible.

 Here is an interactive map of Memphis

The University of Memphis
What happens when you take students with diverse talents and backgrounds and put them together with internationally known faculty?  Something pretty amazing comes together. It's what you find at the University of Memphis.  Here, we're recognized the nation over for our academic and research programs.  But what matters most to our students are the more than 254 areas of study to explore. Students come here from all over the world to receive bachelor's, master's, professional and doctoral degrees.  They come here to do, to create, to learn, to grow. To improve the world. That's what Memphis does.

Our beautiful campus is home to the FedEx Institute of Technology, where world renowned researchers solve complex problems affecting society, and the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, created by the late founder of Holiday Inns. Pre-professional training is available for students planning to enter dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy or veterinary medicine. The University proudly offers Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC programs.

Making our students' lives easier is important, so we offer convenient high caliber degree programs entirely online through our Regents Online Degree Program, including the Bachelor of Professional Studies in information technology or organizational leadership and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in general studies, liberal studies or university studies.

We are home to the largest honors program in the state of Tennessee.  Top academic performers with big ambitions find a rich, diverse experience through our Helen Hardin Honors ProgramWe combine the best of a small liberal arts school with the wide-ranging opportunities of a large, nationally recognized research university.  While all of the 1,300 honors students excel academically, they also are part of a dynamic and diverse student body of more than 20,000 students.  The program has produced Goldwater Scholars, Truman Scholars and Fulbright Scholars.  Many departments within specific academic programs offer their own honors programs, so there are many ways for students to graduate with honors.  The U of M also has a well thought of Emerging Leaders Program where students get real world experience to become tomorrow's leaders.

See a map of the campus

About MD2K
MD2K seeks to advance biomedical discovery and improve health through the use of mobile sensor Big Data. The center is one of 11 national Big Data Centers of Excellence awarded by the National Institutes of Health in October 2014, and is a consortium of 12 universities and university medical centers, including the University of Memphis, Cornell Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Ohio State University, West Virginia University, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of California (UC), Los Angeles, UC-San Diego, UC-San Francisco, and the University of Michigan. Directed by Dr. Santosh Kumar of the University of Memphis, the center’s 22 collaborating investigators collectively represent the best and brightest minds in data science, mobile sensing, and biomedical research. The MD2K Team is developing innovative tools to make it easier to gather, analyze and interpret health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. The goal of the big data solutions being developed by MD2K are to reliably quantify physical, biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease risk.

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Joseph Biggers, Director of Administrative Operations,

Vernisa Hazlett, Program Coordinator,

Barbara Kuhn, Director of Communications & Media,

Phone: 901-678-1562





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