Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems

Our research focuses on how the health of individuals, families, communities, social networks, and populations can be improved through the creative use of wireless and networked technologies and ubiquitous computing. We also study how to promote health and prevent disease and disability through systems-level interventions in clinical and community settings. Our collaborators come from the UCSD School of Medicine, UCSD’s Division of Social Sciences, the Jacobs School of Engineering, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and San Diego State University. Included are scientists with backgrounds in clinical and preventive medicine, computer science and engineering, social networks, political science, clinical and experimental psychology, electrical engineering, health behavior, systems science, behavioral genetics, exercise and nutrition science, Public Health, and evolutionary biology.

We are housed within the UCSD Division of Calit2: The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Health issues addressed in recent research have included pediatric and adult obesity and their comorbidities, depression, improving outcomes in cancer survivors, successful aging, the use of games to promote improved health behaviors, and the dynamics of health-related states within social networks.

Center research is supported through public and private sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and Nokia Research.