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Penn State National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation
(Penn State CHOT) - An Industry-University Cooperative Research Center

APRIL  2018
Penn State CHOT Site Director Conrad Tucker Attends The Gates Millennium Scholars Celebration
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is a non-profit entity founded in 2000 by Bill and Melinda Gates. According to the BMGF website, the foundation is "dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals around the world."
On April 24, 2018, Tucker was invited by the BMGF to attend the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program Celebration in Seattle. Of the more than 20,000 GMS scholars and alumni, approximately 30 scholars were invited to participate in the celebration.  

"The opportunity to dine with Bill and Melinda in such a small, intimate setting, was truly a humbling and honoring experience," Tucker said. "I will be forever grateful for the generous financial and mentoring support of the BMGF," Tucker went on to say. 

While networking at the GMS event, Tucker had the opportunity to discuss the transformative work that  CHOT is doing, and the tangible benefits of industry-university collaborations. One such transformative project is the ability to capture patients' biometrics using computer vision algorithms. Such capabilities could potentially transform remote disease diagnosis and management, both in developed and developing worlds. 

Penn State graduate student Sakthi Prakash's recently published journal paper demonstrates the feasibility of remote heart rate estimation using a video camera. A video of the method can be seen here. Readers interested in the science behind the method can access the peer reviewed journal article here
2018 Spring IAB Meeting Highlights
From left to right:  Terry Talbot (Siemens), Christian Eusemann (Siemens), Conrad Tucker (Penn State), Tom Tracey (Penn State Health), Jamie Gigliotti (Highmark), Chace Caruso (CloudMine), Hansel Akers (CloudMine), Jerome Jourquin (Komen), Melissa Boltz (Penn State Health), Jessica Autrey (AT&T), Christian Lopez (Penn State)
Texas A&M University hosted the 2018 Spring Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting on April 12 and 13. Penn State CHOT had 11 attendees comprising of industry members, guests, and researchers. Penn State Ph.D. student Christian L√≥pez was invited to present his project titled, "An unsupervised machine learning method for discovering patient cluster based on genetic  signatures." This project is in collaboration with Hershey Medical Center researchers Scott Tucker and Tarik Salameh.   Learn more 
Students from other CHOT university sites presented topics including Population Health, Care Coordination, Access to Care, Analytics and Innovative Technologies, and Patient Experience. IAB members provided feedback and voted  on projects of interest. CHOT industry guests had the opportunity to observe and experience the industry-university collaborative process. Penn State CHOT had guests from two organizations present: Dr. Jerome Jourquin from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Chace Caruso and Hansel Akers from CloudMine.
CHOT Video Highlight - Screenomics

Upcoming Event
Penn State's 2018 IndustryXchange will take place on May 14 at The Penn Stater. The event will focus on the theme of Enhancing Health. There will be significant participation from the Penn State CHOT team. Please register for the event here