Format and Goals

The 5th Annual MD2K All Hands Meeting will be held on Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2, at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus and Shelby Farms Event Center. 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 affiliates, 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 throughout the MD2K project
» Discuss data analysis from the MD2K Field Studies (SC & CHF)
» Brainstorm ideas for future work moving forward
» Explore collaborative synergies within the BD2K consortium and industry
» Solidify the benchmarks that will be used to track progress throughout this final project and no cost extension period

The Annual meeting will have a similar format to previous years' meetings, including the MD2K business meeting, poster and demo session, but will include an off site, activity-driven, brainstorming session about future work in the CV & Chronic Pain/Opioid domains, and will be highlighted by a keynote address from pioneer biologist, Dr. Leroy Hood.


About Our Venues



Meeting Location: Day 1 of 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

Fogelman Executive Center
330 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 the street of the FedEx Institute of Technology (see map above).

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

Breakfast: A complimentary breakfast buffet will be available to team members every morning from 7:00 am at the Medallion Restaurant on the FIRST FLOOR of the Holiday Inn. Exit the Fogelman Center and head North to the traffic light/crosswalk to your right (Central Ave @ Innvoation Drive). Cross Central to the North and the main entrance to the Holiday Inn is on your right. The Medallion restaurant is in the back of the first floor - simply sign-in under the MD2K Group. Enjoy!

Fogelman Executive Center to FedEx Institute: The Fogelman Executive Center is directly across from the FedEx Institute of Technology. Exit the Fogelman and look to your left where you will see the main entrance to FedEx Institute of Technology. As you enter, you will be in the lobby and the Methodist Theater is just off the lobby entrance to your left.

Directions from Memphis International Airport
» 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 (FedEx Institute, 2nd building on the right – parking deck directly beside the building)
»» For FedEx Institute: Turn left/south on Innovation Drive (FedEx Institute, 2nd building on the right – parking deck directly across from the building)



Local Favorites

We wanted you to have some time to yourself to explore our great city and have intentionally left Tuesday evening open for your leisure. It is our hope that you explore one of our great restaurants, take in some live music, or sample the nightlife that Memphis has to offer on Beale and in downtown Memphis.

Below are a list of local favorites to eat – downtown is 20 minutes away.

Rendezvous (Downtown)
When you put dry rub, ribs, and Memphis BBQ on your bucket list: this is the place to get it checked off.
52 S. 2nd St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Central BBQ (Midtown)
Highly recommended for a sample of Memphis BBQ
2249 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

Germantown Commissary
Great BBQ in a classic setting out East.
2290 S Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN 38138

Amerigo (East Memphis)
Woodfire grilling with a Memphis flair
1239 Ridgeway Rd.
Memphis, TN 38119

B.B. King’s (Beale Street – Downtown)
Great food, live music, and fun atmosphere – can’t beat this place for a visit.
143 Beale St,
Memphis, TN 38103

Boscos (Midtown)
A local brew house with outside dining in Overton Square, a popular entertainment district.
2120 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Brookhaven Pub & Grill (East Memphis)
Memphis’ own gastropub
695 W Brookhaven Cir
Memphis, TN 38117

The Majestic Grille (Downtown)
Close to the Orpheum Theater, this converted silent picture house cooks up a great steak.
145 S Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 522-8555

Capriccio Grill (Downtown)
Fine Italian Dining inside the world famous Peabody Hotel
149 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Huey's (Midtown)
The absolute best burger in town!
1927 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Rum Boogie Café (Beale Street – Downtown)
Live Music and dancing. This place is always jumpin’.
182 Beale St,
Memphis, TN 38103

Silky O’Sullivans (Beale Street – Downtown)
A dueling piano bar that’s open late and full of colorful characters.
183 Beale St,
Memphis, TN 38103




fitlogoThe 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:

Shelby Farms Park and Conservancy
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN 38134

At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Park is both a vibrant community hub and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Park features more than 40 miles of trails, both paved and unpaved, that are popular for walking, biking, running and hiking. The Park's trail network includes Shelby Farms Greenline, an iconic 10.65 mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail that connects the heart of Memphis to the heart of Cordova through Shelby Farms Park. The Park is also home to more than 20 bodies of water which provide plenty of opportunities for fishing.

Memphis, TN

The birthplace of many things. It’s where the world’s first hotel chain (Holiday Inn), the first self-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 and newer talents like Justin Timberlake learned from the greats. 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.

Memphis Is:
» Named for its Egyptian sister city on the Nile
» The largest city in Tennessee, the largest city on the Mississippi River & the 20th largest city in the United States
» Centered in the middle of the nation’s population
» The Pork BBQ Capital of the world
» Beale Street is a national historical landmark
» The home of The Pyramid, the third-largest pyramid in the world
» Ranked by the travel industry as one of the top-20 destinations for an athletics event
» The nation’s largest spot cotton-trading market
» The hardwood capital of the world
» Tennessee’s 2015 Google e-City capital
» The home of the world’s largest cargo airport
» The third-largest rail center in the United States
» Home to the Memphis Zoo, one of only four zoos in the United States to exhibit giant pandas
» Top 35 Best Sports City according to The Sporting News.


mHealth Summit Memphis — The Future of Mobile Sensor Big Data
FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis — Memphis, TN

October 1 & 2, 2018

Monday, October 1
7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast, University of Memphis Holiday Inn – Medallion Restaurant
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome, Goals, and Summary of Administration CoreSantosh Kumar
Four Years of MD2K: What We have Accomplished
9:15 – 9:30 MD2K Sensor PlatformsEmre Ertin
9:30 – 9:45 Markers: Thrust 1Deepak Ganesan
9:45 – 10:00 Analytics and Visualization: Thrust 2Jim Rehg
10:00 – 10:15 Just-in-Time Intervention for Treatment and Engagement – Susan Murphy
10:15 – 10:30 Privacy and Consent: Thrust 3Mani Srivastava
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:15  MD2K Software Platforms Tim Hnat
11:15 – 11:30  MD2K Training  Vivek Shetty
11:30 – 11:45  MD2K Consortium Activities  Ida Sim
11:45 – 12:00  Summary and Open Discussion
12:00 – 1:30  Lunch and Networking (FedEx Institute of Technology)
12:30 – 1:30 MD2K Poster and Demo Session (For the MD2K Team) 
MD2K: The NCE, Future Work to Be Done, & Our Commitment to the Community
1:30 – 2:00 Thrust 4: MD2K Smoking Study — Current Status & Future Plans – Bonnie Spring
2:00 – 2:30 Thrust 4: MD2K CHF Study — Current Status & Future Plans – I
2:30 – 3:30 Recap & Future Plans for Each Thrust/Core (5 minutes for each) – Sensors, Software, Thrust 1, Thurst 2, Thrust 3, Training, Consortium
3:30 – 4:00 EAB/NIH Feedback & Open Discussion
4:00 – 4:30 Conclusion – Santosh Kumar
4:30 – 5:00 Break
5:00 – 6:00

Keynote address – Dr. Leroy Hood
Online stream here:

More info here:

6:00 – 6:30 Reception – Hors d'oeuvres and wine
Poster and demos area open to public
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner
Tuesday, October 2
7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast, University of Memphis Holiday Inn – Medallion Restaurant

Blue Line Shuttle Departs UofM Holiday Inn for Shelby Farms

8:45 – 9:45

Activity – Choice of:
» Yoga – Shelby Farms Event Center Patio
» Bike Riding (Lakeside) – Hyde Lake, Shelby Farms 
» Basic Krav Maga – Shelby Farms Event Center Knoll

9:45 – 10:00 Transition from Activity to Meeting
10:00 – 12:00

Brainstorming 1: Just-in-time mHealth Intervention to Address Opioid Overdose in Chronic Pain Patients

»  Talk: The current challenges in addressing opioid overdose & potential of JITAI
» Discussion: Assessments via wearable and ambient sensing
»  Discussion: Analytics to discover intervention components
»  Discussion: Constraints and opportunities (due to being in active care) on JITAI for the chronic pain population

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch: Translating MD2K Research to Societal Impact (Disucssion lead: Shetty)
1:30 – 3:30

Brainstorming 2: Reducing cardiovascular risk at workplaces via just-in-time mHealth interventions

»  Talk: Cardiovascular risk factors at workplaces & potential for JITAI
»  Discussion: Assessment of risk factors
»  Discussion: Recommender system approach for identifying intervention candidates
»  Discussion: JITAI approach in healthy populations (e.g., Heart Steps)


Blue Line Shuttle Departs Shelby Farms for UofM Holiday Inn

Contact Us

Joseph Biggers
Director of Administrative Operations
Office: 901-678-1782
Cell: 901-237-9900

Santosh Kumar
Office: 901-678-4179

Shahin Samiei
Director, Research Data & Studies
Office: 901-678-3369

Barbara Kuhn
Director, Communications & Media
Office: 901-678-1473

Lyndsey Rush
Program Coordinator
Office: 901-678-3018





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