Guest Lecture by David Kotz on November 7 on Wearable Systems


We would like to cordially invite you to the guest lecture of David Kotz, Ph.D. (Website), Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. The lecture is entitled Challenges and Opportunities in Wearable Systems.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 4:15pm to 5:45pm
at ETH Zurich, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, 8092 Zürich, Room H326.

Registration is not necessary.

About the Lecture
Wearable systems offer great promise in application domains as varied as healthcare, eldercare, augmented work, education, athletics, entertainment, parenting, travel, and personal productivity. In particular, I highlight two of our own wearable-mHealth projects. First, I introduce the Amulet, a wristband with the capability of running multiple mHealth apps with strong security and long battery life. Second, I introduce the Auracle, which aims to be an unobtrusive earpiece that can detect eating incidents in support of eating-behavior studies and interventions. I leverage these examples to outline some of the broader opportunities and challenges faced in developing wearable technology.  In particular, we must address security and privacy challenges as we design and develop wearable devices, systems, and applications if we hope to see this technology widely accepted and adopted. Strong (and usable) security mechanisms are essential for safety-critical applications; meaningful privacy protections are essential for systems that accompany us through our private and public life. By raising these concerns today, I seek to ensure the wearable systems of tomorrow will have strong and usable security and privacy properties.
About David Kotz
David Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences for six years and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. He served on the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee from 2013-17. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks.  He has published over 130 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $65m in grant funding.  He is PI of a $10m grant from the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program and leads a five-university team investigating Trustworthy Health &  Wellness technology (see He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty.

With kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen
Dr. Tobias Kowatsch, University of St. Gallen
PD Dr. Michael Schaub, ISGF, University of Zurich
PD Dr. Severin Haug, ISGF, University of Zurich

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