Curiosity Expert: Jennifer Healey

Research Scientist, Intel Corporation

Jennifer Healey
Courtesy of Jennifer Healey

Dr. Healey is a Research Scientist at Intel Corporation where she works on developing the next generation of wearable sensors that empower users to learn more about themselves and the environment around them. She holds a bachelor's, master's and PhD from MIT in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. During her undergraduate career, she measured the world's smallest laser pulse and for her master's degree she designed a waveguide that allowed one laser to fire just by placing another laser next to it (for which she won an MIT "MasterWorks" award). During this time she was also a Draper Fellow and worked on radiation physics projects that are too secret to talk about. For her doctoral work, Dr. Healey developed the first wearable computer with multiple physiological sensors and a video camera to track daily activities and how you were feeling while you were doing them. Using this device she pioneered the field of "Affective Computing" with Pr. Rosalind Picard, finding ways to allow computers to understand human emotions by interpreting physiological signals.

After graduating, she worked at IBM Research Zurich Research Lab and IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab on the next generation of multi-modal interactive Smartphones and helped architect the "Interaction Mark-Up language" allowing users to switch from voice to speech input seamlessly. She returned to health research and became an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on new ways to interpret heart rate to predict cardiac health. She then joined HP Research in Cambridge to further develop wearable sensors for health monitoring. She continued this research when she joined Intel Digital Health and conducted an extensive study monitoring patients with COPD using the SHIMMER wearable platform.

Dr. Healey holds numerous patents and has published extensively in IEEE peer reviewed publications. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Frontiers, Newsweek, Time, Wired, and multiple international publications. She has been an invited keynote speaker at several conferences on E-Health systems and regularly serves on the program committee for the International Symposium on Wearable Computers and as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, IEEE Sensors, BodyNets and Pervasive.