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SOBA: Science and the Quantified Self

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, United States

SOBA: Science and the Quantified Self

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The SOBA community checks in on self-tracking, life-logging, and all things Quantified Self. Where does science fit into this movement, and can data really make us healthier?

Image by Sebastiaan ter Burg. Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

Join us at swissnex San Francisco as Gary Wolf, co-founder of The Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools exploring “self-knowledge through numbers,” shares the potential of the movement for scientific discovery and health. Rachel Kalmar, a data scientist at Misfit Wearables explores devices, data, and what’s wrong with how we currently share data. And UCSF’s Dr. Tuhin Sinha reports on the Health eHeart Study, a large self-reported digital study in cardiovascular health, aimed at one million participants. 

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Continue the conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event).

*Presentations and discussion livestreamed. Follow the event on Twitter (@sciobayarea and #sobay), and like SOBA on Facebook.

Program
6:30 pm: doors open
7:00 pm: talks and panel discussion
8:30pm: event ends


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Rachel Kalmar's goal is to make sensor data accessible and actionable. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she is passionate about using data to explain, predict and influence behavior. After participating in Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program, Rachel co-founded a startup in the health sensor space, which was part of the Rock Health digital health startup incubator. She is active in the Bay Area hardware community and runs a sensor meetup group (meetup.com/Sensored). Currently, Rachel is a data scientist at Misfit Wearables.


Dr. Tuhin Sinha is currently the Associate Director of Strategic Development in the Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances at UCSF. Sinha is also the technical project director for the Health eHeart Study, a large self-reported digital health study in cardiovascular health, aimed at one million participants. He has a history of innovation in technology and is an expert in medical image analysis/informatics. He holds patents in image-guided neurosurgery, and was the founding director of the Quantitative Image Processing Center at UCSF. He is interested in enabling the UCSF community by developing digital health partnerships and strategic relationships, and is passionate about the changes in health, healthcare, and wellness being driven by data.

 

Gary Wolf is the co-founder of The Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools exploring “self-knowledge through numbers.” Wolf is also a contributing editor at Wired magazine. His work has appeared The Best American Science Writing (2009) and in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2009). In 2010, he was awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism prize. In 2005-2006 he was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. He is the author of two books: Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader (with Joey Anuff, 2000); and, Wired – A Romance (2003). Gary is @agaricus on Twitter.


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730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94111

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)


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ScienceOnline Bay Area (SOBA) is a monthly series to encourage the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online.

SOBA is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community and is co-organized by David Harris, William Gunn, Dr. Kiki Sanford, and Megan Mansell Williams. These local events are recognized and encouraged by ScienceOnline, a non-profit organization that facilitates discussion about science through online networks and face-to-face events.

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