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UC San Diego CTRI Testing Site Team for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

UC San Diego CTRI Testing Site Team


Gene "Rusty" Kallenberg, MD
Test Site Principal Investigator
UC San Diego

Dr. Kallenberg, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, is leading the Physician Oversight Team for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. This team is charged with enlisting the support of physicians in the recruitment of consumer testers for the experimental devices. The team will also address the work flow associated with testing, as well as monitor any medical emergencies and field questions during testing.


Todd May, MS
Test Site Project Manager
CTRI, UC San Diego

Mr. May, a senior clinical coordinator at CTRI, is the test site project manager for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. He oversees the testing program in conjunction with the Physician Oversight Team, manages the clinical coordinator staff on the project, and works with the database coordinator and technical team members as needed.


Phil Rios
Principle Development Engineer
Qualcomm Institute, Calit2, UC San Diego

Mr. Rios, an engineer at the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, is responsible for leading the IT team in the development of a web and wireless infrastructure to support the collection, analysis and scoring of the digital health information generated by the Tricorders during the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.

UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is the official testing site for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Inspired by the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting 15 physiological conditions and capturing vital health metrics. Eight teams from six different countries have moved on to the final stage where they will compete in both diagnostic experience evaluations and consumer testing, beginning in June 2015 at CTRI. The final judging and awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in January 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek television show.

Want to Become a Consumer Tester?

Consumer testers are volunteers who will test the competing teams' tricorder devices and provide feedback on their experience via surveys. Consumer testers must be 21 to 65 years of age. The devices will provide testers with health information. Consumer testers will be admitted to the test program based on having one or more core conditions (listed here). In addition, individuals who do not have one of these conditions will be needed to test the absence of conditions. Each consumer tester may test more than one tricorder, up to three devices total. Testers will receive from $150 to $599, depending on the number of tests they complete. Tests take from one to 72 hours. Besides testing time, training and retrieval time may take up to two hours. The devices also will test health vital signs.For more information about becoming a consumer tester for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE please read our FAQs or send an e-mail to or call 858-230-4339.

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