i-sense Director Rachel McKendry will present her career and research in her talk "Harnessing the power of mobile phones and big data for global health" as part of the UCL Women in Mathematical Sciences event series.
Worldwide many infections remain undiagnosed and untreated due to poor diagnostic tools at the point of care. Professor Rachel McKendry will present her research to create a new generation of mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. The widespread use of mobile phones could dramatically increase access to testing outside of hospital settings, particularly in developing countries. This research sets the foundations of a global early-warning system, linking the millions of symptoms that are self-reported on the web each day to mobile phone-connected tests, in real-time and with geographically-linked information. This research lies at the cutting edge of infectious diseases, nanotechnology, telecommunications, big data and public health.
The talk will be followed by further discussions over lunch.
This event series is aimed at (and organised by) female 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, postgraduate students and research staff from the UCL Departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science and the Centre for Mathematics, Physics and Engineering in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX). It's objective is to encourage female researchers from these departments to come and meet in an informal environment.
The meetings are a mixture of research presentations by leading female researchers in the mathematical sciences and talks where female researchers describe how they succeeded in their careers and what difficulties they encountered along the way. Click here for more information.