See-Kiong Ng

Programme Director of the Urban Systems Initiative

Agency of Science, Technology and Research (Singapore)


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See-Kiong Ng (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is the Programme Director of the Urban Systems Initiative by the Science and Engineering Research Council of the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The Initiative seeks to address the new challenges of the rapidly urbanising world through smart city technology and innovations. See-Kiong has a long-standing interest in cross-disciplinary applied research in computer science. See-Kiong started his research career as one of the early bioinformaticians. He has since been able to apply what he had learned from bioinformatics to a wide array of other application domains. From using data mining to better understand the biology of the human body, See-Kiong is now using big data approaches to understand the systems biology of complex human cities and the network of things. He has published widely, with more than 100 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences.


Smart Cities and Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges

Since the industrial revolution in 19th century, technology has always been a key driver in the development of the society. The recent arrival of the Big Data era brings an unprecedented opportunity for us to understand the city better. Technologies brought about by the Big Data revolution can potentially transform how cities monitor, manage, and enhance the liveability of their communities in new ways. In fact, many cities aiming to become smart are turning to data analytics and ICT innovations, developing state-of-the-art urban solutions for transportation, environment, energy, etc., that use big data analytics and machine learning to extract patterns and rules from historical data to manage the future better.

However, big data is both a challenge and an opportunity for cities and states. While large amounts of city data are routinely collected by the public and private sectors, the data are usually kept isolated in proprietary information systems with no one having cross-domain access to these datasets, as well as the right analytics tools to generate the insights needed. The internet revolution has also generated high expectations and response from the citizenry that need to be addressed. Smart cities will have to leverage on big data to provide an efficient and sustainable transportation system, a liveable and well-planned built environment, and reliable security in the city as well as in cyber space. In order to effectively turn the big data in the city into actionable insights, it is useful for a smart city to develop a data exchange platform designed specifically for data analytics, with the capability to bring together data of diverse natures to be managed, retrieved, integrated and analyzed. In this way, the massive volumes and variety of data generated by the city can then be turned fully into useful insights that lead to new urban solutions for the city. We will present our initial efforts to create inclusive smart cities through intelligent and scalable data sensing and analytics.”

Francis Jutand

Institut Mines-Télécom Scientific Director (France)


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Professor Francis Jutand is the Scientific Director of the Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), a major public player in France and in Europe in higher education, research and innovation in fields of engineering, management and digital technology. Francis Jutand was the creator of the Parisian competiveness cluster Cap Digital, and served also as President of the ICST Sectoral Scientific Committee of the ANR (National Research Agency). Francis Jutand is currently member of the French National Council for Digital policy (CNNum), the Director of the Competitiveness Cluster Cap Digital, and the director or the Think Tank “Futur Numérique”. He works at developing for IMT strategic programs to cope with main societal challenges as Smart and sustainable cities, Heath, autonomy and quality of life, Energetic and ecological transitions, Digital society and Industry and company for the future.


Futuring Cities

Based on the digital convergence data, knowledge and content, and more and more powerful infrastructures of communication, computing, storage, and monitoring of the physical world, the Digital metamorphosis has launched a deep transformation of the whole human society. The way we live, work, socialize, and even the human cognitive structure. In the field of health, autonomy and quality of life, the smart cities is going to provide a fluent frame for disabled people to better live with more security, more access to services, more social links, and at the final a better global social inclusion and efficiency. These are core research topics to ensure a more easy to live city for people.

Bettina Experton

Adjunct Professor, UC San Diego School of Medicine (USA)

CEO Humetrix, San Diego. USA


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Doctor Experton has been leading Humetrix over the last 20 years on the HIT innovation path with the development of health risk appraisals, chronic care management software, and consumer-facing mobile device-based solutions which have been deployed worldwide. She is a physician trained in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health, a former State of California Public Health Officer, and is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. At Humetrix, Bettina has also conducted groundbreaking health services research on the frail elderly, and has been an important advocate of consumer-mediated exchange and Blue Button from the start, both on the policy front and in her leading Humetrix in the design and development of patient-centric Blue Button powered mobile solutions.


How Patient Engagement is Transforming Chronic Disease Management Through e-Health

Across the developed world, highly specialized and fragmented care rendered to large aged and chronic disease populations have led to inefficient and uncoordinated care plaguing our economies and causing unnecessary harm. In the U.S., the Institute of Medicine has estimated that one third of healthcare costs are wasted due to medical errors, redundant and unnecessary care. This is particularly illustrated by the 65+ years old individuals covered by the U.S. Medicare program who on average sees seven different physicians in a given year. A lack of complete information at the point of care often leads to costly and dangerous diagnostic and therapeutic errors. Care coordination models on both the clinical (Medical Homes) and financial sides (Accountable Care Organizations) have relied on provider-centric communication, through various forms of provider-to-provider health information exchange (HIEs). However, these HIEs have mostly failed because of usability issues and business barriers to the exchange of information between competitive health care organizations. However, provider to patient HIE is not barred by competitive business issues. As a result, patients are becoming the de facto e-communicators of their medical histories when given the rights and tools to access and share their medical records across multiple providers. This session will explore the adoption in the U.S. of new regulatory policies and new e-Health tools, especially mobile ones that is transforming health care through engaging patients to become more active participants in the management of their own care.

Charles Safran

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (USA)


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Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School. He is the past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association and was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and a council member of the Health on the Net (HON).

Dr. Safran has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s hospital. At the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center he led the development and deployment of their electronic health records which are used in all areas of ambulatory clinical practice. He has also worked on clinical decision support systems to help clinicians implement care guidelines, select diagnostic strategies for cancer patients, and treat patients with HIV/AIDS. He has developed telemedicine solutions to support parents with premature infants called Baby CareLink that he brought to the national market through a company he founded. He is now focused on improving family collaboration with the care of elders though the AHRQ supported InfoSAGE project.

Dr. Safran started an informatics fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital in 1989 and has directly mentored 21 fellows since that time including the current CIO of the hospital. Several of these fellows have risen to national and international prominence. Dr. Safran is the Clinical Informatics track chair for the Harvard Medical School masters program in biomedical informatics and NLM informatics fellowship. He developed and currently teaches a graduate level course at HMS -- An introduction to Clinical Informatics. He also co-teaches a course called, Medicine and Management for third year medical students who are also enrolled at Harvard Business School.

During Dr. Safran’s tenure as President and Chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association, he initiated a broad national distance education program called the AMIA 10x10 program. He was also integral to the creation of the new medical subspecialty of clinical informatics. He was among the first physicians to be board certified in clinical informatics.

In 2014 he was awarded the Morris F. Collen award, the highest honor in informatics, presented for personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics that has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine.

Dr. Safran has over 200 publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and hold a Masters degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.


Supporting the information needs of frail elders and their families

Little is known about the information needs frail elders and their families, partly because the definition of old is frequently assume to be 65 years old and also because we have no systematic way of collecting data about family interactions around care. We have undertaken a five-year study to build a living laboratory seniors over the age of 75 and their families to explore their information needs. We call the technology to support this living laboratory InfoSAGE. This talk will describe our progress to date and lessons learned so far.