Wearable health care is part of the more general category of wearable computers or wearable electronics. Wearable electronics and wearable computers appeared in the mid-1990s, when the computer was regarded as the ultimate equipment for information processing and before laptop computers, tablet computers, and smartphones. At that time, people tried to find what kind of portable form factors would be good for the computer as an information device for daily living. Wearable computers refers to miniature electronic devices that are worn under, with, or on top of clothing. With the help of humancomputer interaction (HCI) technology, which previously made use of the “windows” concept, as Web browsers do, by means of a graphic user interface (GUI), wearable electronics have tried to use other modalities for HCI beyond the display and keyboard. In many respects, the current smartphone has already achieved the computing power the early wearable computers aimed at. But in addition to the smartphone’s strong computing power, more human body–compatible, wearable IO devices and sensors are necessary so that users can experience the full benefits of mobile computing, which the smartphone and tablet PC have begun to open up. In many applications, the user’s skin, hands, voice, eyes, and arms, as well as the user’s motion or attention, are actively exploited in appropriate engagement with the physical environment.
Recently, technical progress of IT such as bio-sensor, network and data processing technique leads to creation of new type named ‘mobile healthcare’. Mobile healthcare enables the paradigm shift from treatment-based healthcare to diagnosis & prevention-based healthcare to improve the quality of life.
In KAIST, wearable healthcare system has been studied for leading the next generation of mobile healthcare. In this talk, I will discuss the status and prospects of wearable healthcare for mobile healthcare solution. In addition, the concept and detail goals of the next generation mobile healthcare with some examples of developed wearable healthcare system.
Prof. Hoi-Jun Yoo is the full professor of Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and the director of SDIA(System Design Innovation and Application Research Center). From 2003 to 2005, he was the full time Advisor to the Minister of Korean Ministry of Information and Communication for SoC and Next Generation Computing. His current research interests are Bio Inspired Intelligence SoC Design, Wearable Computing and Wearable Healthcare. He published more than 200 papers, and wrote 5 books including “Biomedical CMOS ICs”(2011, Springer).
Dr. Yoo received the National Medal for his contribution to Korean Memory Industry in December of 2011, the Korean Scientist of the Month award in Dec. 2010, Best Research of KAIST Award in 2007, Design Award of 2001 ASP-DAC, and Outstanding Design Awards 2005, 2006, 2007 A-SSCC. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the executive committee of ISSCC, Symposium on VLSI, and A-SSCC. He was the TPC Co-Chair of ISWC 2010, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer(‘10-’11), and Asia Chair of ISSCC(‘10-‘11) and Vice TPC Chair of ISSCC 2014. He is TPC Chair of ISSCC 2015 and recognized as the top 4 paper-contributor for 2004-2013 ISSCCs and top 10 paper contributor for 1954-2013 ISSCCs.
- 2014-2015 TPC Chair , IEEE ISSCC, USA
- 2008-present IEEE Fellow, USA
- 2007-present Director, System Design Innovation & Application Research Center (SDIA), Korea
- 2009-2011 President, KING Computing (Korea Institute of Next Generation Computing), Korea
- 2008 TPC Chair , IEEE A-SSCC, Asia
- 2003-2005 Full time Advisor of Minister, Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea Government
- 2003-2005 Project Manager (Policy Advisor) of IT SoC and Post PC, Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea Government
- 2001-2005 Director, System Integration & Intellectual Property Authoring Center (SIPAC),KAIST,Korea
- 1990-1995 DRAM Design Manager at Semiconductor Research & Development Lab, Hyundai Electronics (Now, Hynix), Incheon, Korea
- 1998-1990 Researcher in District of High Device Science and Research , Bell Communication Research, Red Bank, NJ (USA)
- 1998-present Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KAIST, Korea