Deborah Estrin, professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been named the 2017 IEEE Internet Award recipient. Sponsored by Nokia, the award is given for exceptional contributions to the advancement of internet technology.
Specifically, Estrin was selected for “formative contributions and thought leadership in internet routing and in mobile sensing techniques and applications, from environmental monitoring to personal and community health.” IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
Estrin is the founder of Health Tech Hub and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech, which develops new personal data application program interfaces and applications for individuals to harvest the small data traces they generate daily. Smartphones can track patients’ behavior and relay information to doctors, or can assist patients with reminders and stress-relief suggestions.
She is also co-founder of the nonprofit startup Open mHealth, which provides tools to create such applications.