Professor Upkar Varshney
Wireless Technologies and Healthcare: Applications, Requirements, and Emerging Research
Professor Upkar Varshney, Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University

The introduction of telecommunications in healthcare has led to an increased accessibility to healthcare providers, more efficient tasks and processes, and a higher quality of healthcare services. However, many challenges, including a significant number of medical errors, considerable stress on healthcare providers, and a partial coverage of healthcare services in rural and underserved areas worldwide, still exist. These combined with an increasing cost of healthcare services, such as the cost of healthcare services reaching to 19% of Gross National Product for U.S., and an exponential increase in the number of seniors and retirees in developed countries have created several major challenges for policy makers, healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance companies and patients. Wireless healthcare, or pervasive healthcare, is considered a solution to many of these problems as well as a possible future of healthcare services. In simple terms, wireless healthcare can be defined as healthcare to anyone, anytime, and anywhere by removing locational, time and other restraints while increasing both the coverage and quality of healthcare. The broad definition includes prevention, healthcare maintenance and checkups, short-term monitoring (or home healthcare monitoring), long-term monitoring (nursing home), personalized healthcare monitoring, incidence detection and management, and, emergency intervention, transportation and treatment. In this tutorial, we present an introduction of wireless and mobile technologies, present wireless healthcare applications, derive requirements and wireless solutions, and discuss the future and open issues. More specifically, we discuss how wireless technologies can be applied to achieve wide-scale patient monitoring in and out of hospitals and nursing homes, location management, intelligent emergency system, and mobile telemedicine applications. Additionally, some open issues and research challenges in pervasive healthcare are also discussed.

List of Topics
- Current wireless technologies: Architecture, Protocols and Usage Models
  • Sensors and RFID
  • Wireless LANs
  • Ad hoc wireless networks
  • 3G/4G Cellular Networks
  • Satellites
  • Fixed wireless
  • Bluetooth and PANs
  • Smart and wearable computing
- Various Healthcare Challenges and Current Technologies
  • Access
  • Quality
  • Limited resources
  • Medical errors
- Applications, Requirements and Wireless Solutions
  • Pervasive healthcare
  • Mobile Telemedicine
  • Wireless Health Monitoring
  • Wireless Emergency Management Systems
  • Health-aware Mobile Devices
  • Smart Medication Management
  • Smart Homes
  • Context-awareness in healthcare
  • Wireless decision making & cognitive load
- Future/Open issues of Wireless in Healthcare
  • Personalization of Healthcare
  • Wireless in emergencies
  • Wireless in mental health, addiction and overdose management
  • Training of healthcare professionals for wireless technologies
  • Reducing the cost of delivering healthcare services by wireless infrastructure
  • Legal and regulatory issues including liability and law-suits
Speaker’s Biography

Prof. Upkar Varshney is on the faculty of Computer Information Systems (Associate Professor) at Georgia State University, Atlanta ( He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering with Honors from University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology, IIT-Roorkee), and, MS in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications & Networking, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research and teaching interests include wireless networks, pervasive healthcare, and mobile commerce.. He has written over 130 papers in these topics in major journals and international conferences. Several of his papers are among the most cited references in wireless and healthcare. He is the founding chair of International Pervasive Health Conference (since 2006) and is the author of Pervasive Healthcare Computing book (2009).

Prof. Varshney has delivered several keynote speeches and has presented more than 30 extremely well received tutorials and workshops at major international conferences. Upkar has received several teaching awards, including Myrone T. Greene Outstanding Teaching Award (2000 and 2004), and RCB College Distinguished Teaching Award (2002). He is an associate editor/member of editorial board for IEEE Access, IEEE Computer, IEEE Transactions on IT in BioMedicine, and International Journal Interdisciplinary Telecommunications & Networking (IJITN).

Dr. Zhongming Ma
Mobile Application Development
Dr. Zhongming Ma, Computer Information Systems, Cal Poly Pomona

More than 133 million people in the U.S. currently own a smartphone and people more and more depend on mobile devices for their information demand and social needs. For example, 43 percent of email is opened on a mobile device. Thus, besides having traditional websites, businesses and organizations have started to provide mobile applications. Android, a mobile operation system, is based on Java which is powerful, free, and open source. This workshop provides demonstrations to illustrate Android mobile application development.

List of Topics
  • Android development environment
  • Fundamental concepts in Android development
  • Creating a User Interface with Views
  • Displaying Images
  • Messaging
  • Location-based Services
Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Zhongming Ma is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his Ph.D. (concentration on Information Systems) from University of Utah, M.S. in Management Information Systems from University of Arizona, and B.S. in Mechanic Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Ma had working experiences as systems analyst and software engineer. He has taught classes in programming, systems analysis & design, and databases. His main research interest is Web mining for knowledge discovery and he has published in journals, such as ACM Transactions on Information Systems and Decision Support Systems.

Dr. Gregory Carlton
Mobile Forensic & Security
Dr. Gregory Carlton, Computer Information Systems, Cal Poly Pomona

As mobile digital devices, including smart phones, tables, and laptop computers, become more ubiquitous, more capable, and more interconnected, we experience increasing levels of security threats and increasing usage of legal matters that depend upon evidence recovered from these digital devices.

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the digital forensic process and specific information regarding the recovery of evidence from contemporary mobile devices.

List of Topics
  • Overview of digital forensics
  • Data acquisition of mobile devices
  • Data analysis of mobile devices
  • Data in the cloud
  • Recovering evidence from auxiliary storage devices
Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Gregory Carlton is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Director of Computer Forensics Programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Western Carolina University, a MBA, and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Carlton teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer forensics, database management, and the legal environment of information systems, he conducts research in the field of computer forensics and publishes his research findings in peer-reviewed journals, he developed and manages a professional certification program in digital forensics, he serves as the faculty advisor for the MSBA program, and he serves on numerous boards and committees.

Dr. Carlton provides advisement services for international government organizations pertaining to cyber security and digital forensics. He also maintains an active practice as a computer forensics examiner, and he provides expert testimony in matters pertaining to computer technology. As a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, these services are available to criminal prosecutors.

Dr. Drew Hwang
Responsive Web Design Workshop
Dr. Drew Hwang, Computer Information Systems, Cal Poly Pomona

Every business today must have a presence on the web. The majority of today's business processes and operations are also turning into web-based. Amid the advance in mobile computing, Responsive Web Design (RWD) is the new design paradigm for modern websites. Developing a web design that can precisely display a webpage across a large array of user agents in terms of desktops, mobile phones, and tablets, is becoming one of the most crucial part of web development. This workshop provides you with a hands-on demo on how a website can be efficiently developed by using RWD frameworks, templates and tools.

List of Topics
  • RWD applications and strategies
  • User agent detection and feature detection
  • Fluid layout and media queries
  • Responsive images and content
  • RWD frameworks
  • RWD templates
  • RWD tools
Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Drew Hwang is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, a M.S. in Information Systems, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems. He is also a visiting Professor of the graduate Global Business Program of Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Hwang has had abundant industry experiences as a system analyst, project manager, IT consultant, and chief technology officer in the area of business computer information systems. He was a co-founder, a member of the board of directors, and the chief developer of, an e-commerce portal site that successfully secured a venture funding of $36 millions from New World Development Ltd., one of the top five enterprises in Hong Kong, in 2000. In the last decade, he has delivered keynote speeches and training workshops to a number of local and multi-national enterprises in the area of information technology. He has also created several professional certificates in web design, development, and security.

Dr. Hwang’s research interests include electronic commerce, multichannel e-marketing, design and development of Internet-based information systems, secure web development, decision support systems, expert systems, web services, Information System education, and others. He has published many research papers in refereed journals such as Decision Support Systems, Omega, Information and Management, Journal of Information Science, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and so on.