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Sounding Out Audio Data and Wearable Systems for Health Diagnostics

ECE Colloquia Seminar

Cecilia Mascolo
University of Cambridge

Considerable research has been conducted into mobile and wearable systems for human health monitoring. This research concentrates on either devising sensing and systems techniques to effectively and efficiently collect data about users, and patients or in studying mechanisms to analyse the data coming from these systems accurately. In both cases, these efforts raise important technical as well as ethical issues.

In this talk, I plan to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that mobile and wearable health systems are introducing for community, the developers as well as the users. I will use examples from my group's ongoing research on exploring 

machine learning and data analysis for health application in collaboration with epidemiologists and clinicians. In particular I will discuss our project on using audio signals for disease diagnostics and our recent work in the context of COVID-19: a crowdsourced collected through mobile apps ( of respiratory sounds (coughs, breathing and voice) to prescreen and diagnose COVID-19.


Cecilia Mascolo

Cecilia Mascolo is the mother of a teenage daughter but also a Full Professor of Mobile Systems in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, UK. She is co-director of the Centre for Mobile, Wearable System and Augmented Intelligence and Deputy Head of Department for Research. She is also a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and the recipient of an ERC Advanced Research Grant. Prior joining Cambridge in 2008, she was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. She holds a PhD from the University of Bologna. Her research interests are in mobile systems and data for health, human mobility modelling, sensor systems and networking and mobile data analysis. She has published in a number of top tier conferences and journals in the area and her investigator experience spans projects funded by Research Councils and industry. She has received numerous best paper awards and in 2016 was listed in “10 Women in Networking /Communications You Should Know”.  She has served as steering, organizing and programme committee member of mobile, sensor systems, networking, data science conferences and workshops. She has delivered a number of keynote talks at conferences and workshops in the area of mobility, data science, pervasive computing and systems. More details at


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