Director, Institute for Future Health
Department of Computer Science,
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425
Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator.
He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University
of California, Irvine. His current research passion is in addressing health issues using
cybernetic principles building on the progress in sensors, mobile, processing, and
storage technologies. He is founding director of the Institute for Future Health at UCI.
Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The
university of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of
Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE.
Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. He enjoys new challenges and likes to use technology to solve them. He is participating in addressing the biggest challenge for us all: how to live long in good health.
Advances in sensors, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, data management,
cloud computing, biology, and medicine allow approaching human health from a
novel perspective. Current episodic practice of healthcare is based on Measure-
Estimate-Guide- Influence (MEGI) cycle that is initiated usually by a sick person.
By navigating through health states starting from the current state to desired goal state, it is possible to perpetually guide a person using well established cybernetic principles combined with emerging technology that has demonstrated its success in many other areas. This converts current episodic approaches to healthcare, which really is a sickcare, to a navigation through health state-space to guide and move to desirable states. We discuss this navigational approach and present personal health navigator as a device that may help people accomplish this.