Healthcare Task Force

Chairs: Beth Mynatt

Elizabeth MynattElizabeth Mynatt

CCC Chair
Georgia Institute of Technology


Elizabeth Mynatt, CCC Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

Elizabeth Mynatt is a professor of Interactive Computing and the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) serves as a catalyst for research activities that pursue transformations in healthcare, media, education, and humanitarian systems by integrating advances in human-centered design, system science and engineering, policy, and management. Dr. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing, personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design. Named Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman Magazine in 2005, Dr. Mynatt has created new technologies that support the independence and quality of life of older adults “aging in place,” that help people manage diabetes, and that increase creative collaboration in workplaces. Dr. Mynatt is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, a Sloan and Kavli research fellow, and serves on Microsoft Research’s Technical Advisory Board. She is also the Vice Chair of the Computing Community Consortium, an NSF-sponsored effort to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. Dr. Mynatt earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in computer science from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech.

Current Members

Kevin FuKevin Fu
University of Michigan


Kevin Fu Website

Kevin Fu is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan where he directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group. His research investigates how to achieve trustworthy computing on embedded devices with application to health care, commerce, and communication. His participation in the provocative 2008 research paper analyzing the security of a pacemaker/defibrillator led to a watershed moment in cybersecurity for medical device manufacturing and regulatory science. Prof. Fu received his Ph.D. in EECS from MIT where his doctoral research pertained to secure storage and web authentication. Fu received a Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, Fed100 Award, and best paper awards from various academic silos of computing. The research is featured in critical articles by the NYT, WSJ, and NPR. Kevin was named MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year for work on medical device security. Kevin has testified in Congress on health matters and has written commissioned work for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as a visiting scientist at the Food & Drug Administration, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School, Microsoft Research, and MIT CSAIL. Previous employers include Bellcore, Cisco Systems, HP Labs, and Holland Community Hospital. He is a member of the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy and the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. He is a principal investigator of Trustworthy Health & Wellness. Prior to joining Michigan, he served on the faculty at UMass Amherst. Kevin also holds a certificate of achievement in artisanal bread making from the French Culinary Institute.

Gregory HagerGregory Hager
Johns Hopkins University


Gregory Hager   Website

Gregory D. Hager is a Professor and former Chair of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He received his BA from Luther College and his MSE and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and 1988, respectively. After a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Karlsruhe, he joined the faculty of Yale University in 1990. He moved to Johns Hopkins in 1999. His research interests include image-guided robotics, human-machine collaboration, and medical applications of image analysis and robotics. He has served as the Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology, he serves on board of the International Federation of Robotics Research, and he is a fellow of the IEEE for his contributions in vision-based robotics. He serves as Chair of the Computing Community Consortium.

Maja MatarićMaja Matarić
University of Southern California


Maja Matarić Website

Maja Matarić is professor and Chan Soon-Shiong chair in Computer Science Department, Neuroscience Program, and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (RASC), co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab and Vice Dean for Research in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. She received her PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from MIT in 1994, MS in Computer Science from MIT in 1990, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas in 1987. Prof. Matarić is the author of a popular introductory robotics textbook, “The Robotics Primer” (MIT Press 2007), an associate editor of three major journals and has published extensively. She serves or has recently served on a number of advisory boards, including the National Science Foundation Computing and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Division Advisory Committee, and the Willow Garage and Evolution Robotics Scientific Advisory Boards. Prof. Matarić is actively involved in K-12 educational outreach, having obtained federal and corporate grants to develop free open-source curricular materials for elementary and middle-school robotics courses in order to engage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. This is Maja’s first year on the CCC Council.

Nina MishraNina Mishra


Nina Mishra   Website

is a Principal Scientist at Amazon in Palo Alto, CA. Her research interests are in data science, data mining, web search, machine learning and privacy. Mishra has over 16 years of experience leading projects in industry at Microsoft Research and HP Labs and over 6 years of experience in academia as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and Acting Faculty at Stanford University. The projects that Mishra pursues encompass the design and evaluation of new data mining algorithms on real, colossal-sized datasets. She has authored ~50 publications in top venues including: Web Search: WWW, WSDM, SIGIR; Machine Learning: ICML, NIPS, AAAI, COLT; Databases: VLDB, PODS; Cryptography: CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT; Theory: FOCS and SODA. She has been granted 13 patent applications with a dozen more still in the application stage. This is Nina’s first year on the CCC Council.

Shwetak PatelShwetak Patel

University of Washington


Shwetak Patel   Website

Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. He is particularly interested in developing new sensing technologies with a particular emphasis on energy monitoring and health applications for the home. Dr. Patel was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of SNUPI Technologies, a low-power wireless sensor company. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr. Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), and an NSF Career Award (2013). He was also was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine and Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.

CCC at AAAS 2017- Health Related Press Links

Discovery and Innovation in Smart and Pervasive Health

This workshop will be held in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and December 6th. The workshop will bring together leading researchers and policymakers to generate a white paper on the successes of Smart and Pervasive Health research activities, the evolution of relevant computing capabilities (sensing, advanced analytics, networks, data infrastructure, advanced imaging, cyber-physical systems in health, privacy and security of health data and systems), the application of these technical innovations across a range of wellness and healthcare needs (aging, disabilities, chronic disease management and prevention, prosthetics and rehabilitation) and emerging paradigms (e.g., precision medicine and personalized treatment).

Read the Discovery and Innovation in Smart and Pervasive Health draft executive summary here.

Cyber-Social Learning Systems

Over the last decade, we have made great progress establishing scientific and engineering principles for cyber-physical systems (CPS). We are thus now on the threshold of a world of physical systems that are computational and connected at all scales, yielding radical improvements in function and performance.

The next major frontier in research and development is the integration of cyber-physical with complex human and social systems and phenomena at scale. Progress will catalyze the transformation of major existing systems into cyber-social learning systems (CSLS) that continually and rapidly improve in their function and performance in complex, evolving environments. Progress in the science and application of CSLS theory, technology, and practice has the potential to drive revolutionary advances across all sectors of our society, including health, healthcare, transportation, education, housing, justice, defense, and more.

The CCC will convene three workshops in order to develop and validate the propositions that there is a compelling opportunity and need for basic and applied research in cyber-social learning systems; there are communities that can be formed now to conduct this research; and success would enable dramatic improvements in the function and performance of the systems of the future on which our society will rely.

Inclusive Access

September 24-25, 2015 the CCC held the Promoting Strategic Research on Inclusive Access to Rich Online Content and Services  workshop in Washington, DC.

The workshop addressed challenges and opportunities surrounding access to online content and services, including rich, non-text content and brought together researchers and stakeholders from the disability community together with researchers from relevant areas of computing research (such as computer vision, or natural language processing) to identify strategic opportunities to solve pervasive accessibility challenges through computing.


On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research though Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative as a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders. The initiative is a joint program with funding through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

December 3-5, 2014 in Washington, DC, the CCC, in conjunction with the NSF held the BRAIN workshop to bring together these two communities to further explore the Interfaces between Brain Science and Computer Science.

Click here for the workshop program PDF and here for a Youtube playlist from the workshop.

Aging In Place

The Aging in Place workshop took place September 10-11, 2014 at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland and brought together a group of interdisciplinary experts to assess the state of the science at the human, medical, and technology levels, and articulate a research vision for a systems engineering approach to the development of technologies and solutions to support the home management of persons with significant chronic diseases and their family care providers.

Workshop participants agreed that there is a need for a new generation of research that addresses the complexity of supporting the quality of life and independence of a vast, diverse, and aging population. The workshop report charts a course for the research agenda needed to advance technologies that will allow seniors to age in place. It identifies a set of barriers that must be addressed in order to make actionable progress to meeting the needs of our aging population through innovations in home health technologies:

  • The need to better understand the target users
  • The need for actionable evidence
  • The need for information dissemination that bridges the gap between research and practice
  • The need for effective trans-disciplinary collaboration
  • The need for far-reaching test beds
  • The need for patient access to actionable technologies

See the full workshop report for more information.

Below is a list of related resources.

Related Resources 

Quality of Life Technologies in Supporting Family Caregivers by Czaja et al.

Intelligent Systems for Assessing Aging Changes: Home-Based, Unobtrusive, and Continuous Assessment of Aging by Kaye et al.

Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare by Ko et al.

Sensor Technology to support Aging in Place by Rantz et al.

Generation Smart-phone by Dan Siewiorek

Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions

October 11-12, 2012 in Bethesda, MD, the CCC held the Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions. The goal of this workshop was to  bring together these diverse communities in order to foster learning, discussion, and, ultimately, collaboration among them.

Read the workshop report here and the white paper here.

Discovery and Innovation in Health IT

October 29-30, 2009 in San Francisco, the CCC held the Discovery and Innovation in Health IT workshop. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology , the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Library of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Computing Community Consortium, and the American  Medical Informatics Association.

The goals of the workshop were to:

  • Explore and define fundamental research challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT in both the near- and long- term;
  • Explore and define fundamental research challenges and opportunities in healthcare IT in both the near- and long- term;
  • Identify a range of “model” proof-of-concept, integrative systems that might serve as motivating and unifying forces to drive fundamental research in healthcare IT and that might accelerate the transition of research outcomes into products and services;

Read the white paper produced from the workshop here and watch the Youtube playlist from the workshop here.