We are honored to have assembled a set of judges of this caliber. These leaders in their fields are contributing their expertise to the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to ensure maximum scientific rigor in guiding this competition


Alfredo Aponte

Alfredo Aponte is the UX Director at North Kingdom, an international creative agency from Sweden that helps organizations create emotional connections between people and brands. His work focuses on user-centric solutions that bridge design and innovation together in effort to create beautiful experiences.

Alfredo's professional experiences has moved across various media platforms, both physical and digital, allowing him to play a key role in the product development processes and brand experiences. He has been fortunate to work on an international level, with clients such as HP, Google, LEGO, Raymond Corporation, MAKO Surgical, Adidas, Disney, AT&T, and Warner Bros.

In addition, he has also lectured about his work and the values of understanding human behaviour within the design process at OFFF Barcelona, Creative Summit, Digital Moscow, LEGO, Carlsberg Group, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Hyper Island.

Deborah Estrin

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth. Previously, she was on the UCLA faculty where she was the Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin is a pioneer in networked sensing, which uses mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it. Her current projects focus on personalized consumer apps and services that leverage the pervasiveness of mobile devices and cloud-based digital services for health and life management.

Cobie Everdell

Cobie Everdell is a creative director at frog, a global product design and strategy firm, and has focused his nine-year career on developing exceptional new products and services. His passion centers on leveraging a deep understanding of end-users to inspire compelling design solutions and user experiences. While at frog, Cobie has partnered with a wide array of healthcare clients (including device manufacturers, pharma companies, and hospitals) to frame and build new offerings. Before joining frog, Cobie worked at the Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office, leading UI design for medical devices. He was also a senior member of the Amazon Kindle development team, leading design research within the industrial design group. Cobie has a Master’s degree in product design from the Institute of Design in Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in art and architecture from Colgate University.

Michael Gillam, MD, FACEP

Dr. Michael Gillam is an emergency physician and medical informaticist. He is a former partner level physician executive at Microsoft and Director for Healthcare Innovation for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. He founded and led the Microsoft Healthcare Innovation Lab for five years which served as an incubation, technology transfer, and prototyping lab for next generation health informatics technologies. He was one of four physician directors for a team and software which was acquired by Microsoft in 2007 and became one of Microsoft's flagship products in healthcare, Microsoft Amalga™.

Dr. Gillam is a board certified emergency medicine physician who trained, practiced, and taught at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He has served as Chair of Informatics for both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He has ten patents awarded or in submission in health information technology and frequently lectures on the topic of the future of healthcare information technology. He has directed projects that span technologies that include: Surface computing; advanced data visualization; biosurveillance; RFID tracking; gesture-based interface control; augmented and virtual reality; and medical robotics. Dr. Gillam is now pursuing work in Silicon Valley in the area of mobile health, consumer fitness and wellness.

Nate Heintzman, PhD

Dr. Nate Heintzman is a scientist at Dexcom, Inc., in San Diego, Calif, and he directs the Diabetes Informatics & Analytics Lab (DIAL) at UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute. A long-time diabetes advocate, Heintzman combines his research experience in genomics and device technologies to explore the diabetes data ecosystem. He previously served as Chair of the Board for Insulindependence, a San Diego-based national non-profit organization that he co-founded to provide fitness and recreation programs for people with diabetes. He is involved with several technology and software start-ups as a founder and advisor. Heintzman received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UCSD and his BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Dave Kale

Dave Kale is a PhD student in Computer Science and a Viterbi Dean’s Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, supervised by Yan Liu. He works on a variety of topics in machine learning, including active learning, deep learning, and time series analysis, with applications to medicine and health. He is particularly interested in automated methods for discovering interpretable structure in physiologic time series data. David is affiliated with the Whittier Virtual PICU Lab at Children’s Hospital LA and will be working on mobile health sensing at Microsoft Research during the summer of 2014. David is a also co-founder of Podimetrics, which is building a sensing platform for early detection of diabetic foot ulcers and a co-founder of the annual Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data (MUCMD) Symposium, the pre-eminent forum for research on applying machine learning to clinical data.

Albert Kellner, PhD

Dr. Albert Kellner is a broad-based applied physicist, electrical engineer, and research scientist. His experience is in strategic assessment, research, development, and management of emerging technologies, with emphasis on devices, systems, and algorithms.

Dr. Kellner is currently a Senior Scientist at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where he is leading the development of automated high-resolution optical cytometers for high-throughput biomedical screening. Prior to this he was an assistant researcher and lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego, where he led research on quantitative optical cytometry and on broadband optical networks for multimodal sensor fusion. Prior to this he was a research engineer at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he conducted research and development on integrated optical sensors.

Dr. Kellner received a BS in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, an MSEE from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in applied physics from the University of California San Diego.

Corinna Lathan, PhD

Dr. Corinna Lathan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AnthroTronix (www.atinc.com), an award-winning research and development (R&D) company that designs human-inspired products that define the future of mobile technology. Dr. Lathan was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and currently serves on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart Devices. She has been recognized as one of MIT Technology Review’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”

Lathan is actively involved in educational outreach programs promoting STEM education including the FIRST and VEX robotics programs and is the Founder of the Keys to Empowering Youth program for junior high school girls. She is also on the Board of Engineering World Health, which supports the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world. She received a PhD in Neuroscience and an MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a BA in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College.

Toni Marechaux, PhD

Dr. Toni Marechaux has 25 years of experience assessing technologies across a wide range of science and engineering areas. She is well versed in understanding how things work, how they are made, and what about it that's worth pursuing. Dr. Marechaux' diverse career spans roles in industry, government, science policy advisory boards, and international cooperation.

Toni is currently the manager for science and technology at ZIN Technologies based in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to this, she led support efforts for several Defense Science Board summer studies and was staff director for manufacturing and materials issues at the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. Marechaux has previously served as a program manager at the US Department of Energy and at NASA Headquarters, and began her career as a shift supervisor at National Steel Corporation. She holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Anna McCollister-Slipp

Anna McCollister-Slipp is co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a Visual Data Exploration and advanced data analytics company focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data.

Anna’s passion for innovation in health data analytics is rooted in her personal experiences living with type 1 diabetes. In her professional and personal activities, Anna seeks to build platforms for better understanding of and engagement with the needs of patients. She speaks frequently about the promise of digital health and medical devices for empowering and engaging consumers and patients with chronic disease, urging device manufacturers and policymakers to prioritize human factors design, adopt standardized data formats and enable device and data interoperability.

As a health IT entrepreneur and patient advocate, Anna has been appointed to and served on a number of government and private committees and boards aimed at promoting innovative ways to better understand, manage and treat complex chronic health conditions, such as diabetes. She was a member of the ONC HIT Policy Committee’s FDASIA Workgroup, charged with advising the government on a regulatory pathway for HIT that would protect patients and promote innovation. Anna’s work as an advocate and entrepreneur has been featured in an array of publications and online media. She was named by XX in Health as a “Woman to Watch” at Health Datapalooza 2013, and as co-founder of Galileo Analytics, was one of a select group of innovators invited to participate in “The Hive” at TEDMED 2013.

Gioia Messinger

Gioia Messinger is the Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, Inc., a technology and business strategy firm specializing in wireless Internet enabled devices. Most recently, she was Founder & CEO of Avaak, Inc. (acquired by NETGEAR) a leading provider of simple and beautiful connected products for the home. While at Avaak, Ms. Messinger was the Principal Investigator and managed a project that deployed large-scale sensor networks under a DARPA grant. Prior to Avaak, she founded SUMMIT Design Technologies, Inc., a San Diego based engineering services firm, and was a contributor in the development of the first wireless Endoscopic Capsule or PillCam™ - a revolutionary, patient friendly diagnostic product and one of the first wireless ingestible devices ever conceived. She also served as Founder and CEO of MedSmart, Inc. (acquired by Kaiser Permanente) a medical information systems company that developed disruptive patient centric electronic health record software.

Gioia is a Business and Technology Advisor at the von Liebig Center at UCSD; a Global 100 Mentor at the Founder Institute; an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT); a judge for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE; a visiting lecturer and mentor at the Rady School of Management at UCSD and serves on the Board of Directors of several technology firms. She received her Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine and Bachelor and Master's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California-San Diego. She has 10 patents granted and 5 pending.

John O Moore, MD, PhD

Dr. John O Moore is a physician and technologist passionate about empowering patients to take the lead in their care through technology that maximizes collaboration with clinician coaches and builds self-efficacy. He is the co-founder and CEO of Twine Health, Inc., a startup company focused on improving the experience, clinical outcomes, and costs of chronic disease care.

Dr. Moore received a PhD from the MIT Media Lab where he developed and studied technology-supported apprenticeship as a new paradigm of clinician-patient collaboration. He received both an MD and a BS in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Before attending medical school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium.

Evan D. Muse, MD, PhD

Dr. Evan D. Muse is a Clinical Scholar and Cardiovascular Research Fellow at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. As part of the Scripps Center for Digital Medicine he is involved in several clinical trials at the interface of mobile health, genomics and cardiovascular disease with the goal of helping to fill the existing gap between the promise and clinical evidence behind mHealth technologies. In the laboratory his work explores the crosstalk of lipid and inflammatory signaling in macrophages for potential insights into the prevention and novel treatment of atherosclerotic heart disease.

Dr. Muse completed his graduate and medical studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, followed by an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University - New York Presbyterian Hospital. He subspecialized in cardiovascular disease at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Scripps Clinic / Scripps Green Hospital and is currently working towards his Masters of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Satoru Nagata, MD, PhD

Dr. Satoru Nagata is an ophthalmologist and researcher of medical informatics, computer graphics and human visual information processing.

He is Professor of Medical Informatics, Bioengineering at Shiga University in Japan. Beyond his training and experience in eye surgery, he has a long history of publications on computer graphics techniques for the Macintosh Computer and he is the lead designer, architect and program manager of the Medical Informatics Network for his regional hospital system. The hospital information network design includes mobile wireless devices for patients to communicate with their medical practitioners and hospitals.

Purna Prasad, PhD

Dr. Purna Prasad offers more than two decades of accomplishment-laden experience pertaining to Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering for Stanford Hospital and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He assumed responsibility for all aspects of enterprise-wide clinical and biomedical technology within the Medical Center Information Technology / Information Services division, providing strategic leadership and consulting within the IT executive team.

Presently, Dr. Prasad leads a high-performance Clinical Engineering team in Design, Development, Integration of Clinical Hardware, Software and Networking Solutions.

Dr. Prasad is effectively directing the design of clinical technology infrastructure and networks for new facilities, including a $3.1 billion new hospital project at Stanford & Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He has successfully implemented ongoing cost-savings and cost-avoidance methodology through innovative in-sourcing and solution development efforts, including cost-savings of $2M in anesthesia equipment maintenance, $750K in ultrasound system maintenance, $100K in Telepresence support, $150K in Cardiac Catheterization Lab IT / biomedical support, and 30% reduction in contract fees for clinical technology support vendors. He also standardized and integrated clinical networking architectures to LAN and TCP/IP model and established the networking core group from existing staff; introduced monitoring network failing-in features.

He drove the development of integrated solutions without the need of additional staffing, including; Implementation of Cerner and EPIC, Interfacing ECG TraceVue with ADT and billing systems, BMDI and ADT interfaces with Cerner and EPIC, Stryker OR communication systems with PACS and Cerner. He extended clinical technology / equipment-through best-practice preventative maintenance techniques-to reliably serve for three years longer than OEM specifications, substantially increasing ROI which earned him the 2003 Lucille Packard Children's Hospital ROSE Award.

Graham Ross, PhD

Dr. Graham Ross is Vice President of Technology and Development for InterMetro Industries, a division of Emerson Electric Corp. At InterMetro, he leads the development of new products across a range of markets. One of his focuses is the adaptation of new technologies to improve the ease of use and efficiency of existing products and system as well as enabling new solutions to previously un-met needs.

Dr. Ross has extensive experience across a wide variety of technologies including cryogenics, vacuum systems, composite materials, electromagnetics, optics, signal processing, feedback control, and embedded microcomputer systems. He is a named inventor on numerous patents and pending applications across multiple fields, including healthcare and automation. He has held positions at companies developing products and processes in the fields of material engineering, aerospace where he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, telecommunications, inkjet printing, and medical products. Dr. Ross is a registered Patent Agent and honed his IP skills working in the intellectual property group of a top-20 law firm. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.

Kay M. Stanney, PhD

Dr. Kay M. Stanney is President and Founder of Design Interactive (DI), Inc., a woman-owned, small business focused on human-systems integration. She provides executive leadership and strategic direction, helping to formulate and drive key business strategies across DI’s three business units – Defense Solutions, Medical Innovations, and Emerging Markets & Technology. She focuses on growth initiatives that expand the human performance enhancing solutions DI provides to its government and commercial clients. Dr. Stanney is recognized as a world leader in virtual environment technology, especially as it relates to training. She is actively involved in developing next-generation adaptive training and immersive technologies. Dr. Stanney is the recipient of 2013 Women Who Mean Business Award from the Orlando Business Journal. Her Company received the 2013 Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Top Simulation & Training Company Award from Military Training Technology, 2011 Florida C4ISR Innovator award by MIT’s Technology Review, and was a 2010 DARPA Success Story. She has served as a consultant to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Human Effectiveness Directorate, as well as on a Congressional Committee tasked to investigate FAA’s methods for determining staffing requirements. She is on the Orlando Sports Foundation Board of Directors, which is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and elimination. Dr. Stanney was previously a Professor and Trustee Chair at the University of Central Florida. She has an MS and PhD in Human Factors Engineering from Purdue University, a BS in Industrial Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and is a CHFP.

Scott Traylor

Scott Traylor has defined the vision behind the Boston-based digital development and consulting firm known as 360KID for the past 23 years. The youth-focused company he founded specializes in product ideation, market testing, and product development as a service to businesses interested in engaging students through a variety of different media platforms. The work at 360KID has won or been nominated for over 50 awards, including multiple EMMY, CODIE, and Parents' Choice wins and nominations. His company has worked with educational publishers and consumer companies, large and small. Scott is actively involved in research, writing, and speaking about user engagement through new technologies and various consumer-based delivery systems. An area of great interest to Scott is in the field of child development, clinical psychology and spatial cognition.

Scott is a past Board of Trustees member for the Association of Educational Publishing and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group. He is a Board of Trustees member of a summer school/summer enrichment program called Exploration School (explo.org) for 3rd through 12th graders on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. Scott is also on the Board of Directors for Evan-Moor, a successful educational publisher now celebrating 35 years in business. In addition to blogging about the world of kids and technology, Scott is a contributing writer to a number of industry related magazines and blogs and is a former graduate level computer science teacher of 12 years at Harvard University.

Eric Van Gieson, PhD

Dr. Eric Van Gieson is presently with MRIGLobal, serving as Director of Biosurveillance and Diagnostics Innovation. He most recently served as Division Chief of the Diagnostics, Disease Surveillance, and Threat Detection Division within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) where he is worked across industry and the interagency to foster the linkage of home-use and point of care diagnostics with health surveillance capabilities, especially in resource-limited environments.

Prior to serving in DTRA, he has served as a program manager for military diagnostics within the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL). Dr. Van Gieson has PhD in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has worked in both industry and government settings and has publications on topics ranging from genomic analysis to unmanned systems autonomy. He led several technology survey efforts for the DOD in diagnostics and has reviewed for several major diagnostics acquisition and S&T programs.

Michael Wootton

Michael Wootton is a senior executive and engineer with 15 years of strategy and operations consulting experience. He is a Managing Partner of Sante Capital Partners, a Healthcare Investment and Advisory Firm. Formerly, Mike was a Vice President at Celerant Consulting where he led the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice from 2006 to 2010. While at Celerant, Mike held senior roles in the Business Development, Operations, and Analysis functions. Mike has worked with a broad array of Large and Small Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Healthcare organizations to deliver major business transformations including some high profile work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mike has personally partnered with clients to deliver over $1 billion in capital value. Mike received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mark Yturralde

Mark Yturralde has worked for over 15 years in healthcare technology. He spent 10+ years with Cardinal Health as a Senior Principal Technologist, and has also worked subsequently as the Director of Hardware Engineering for PatientSafe Solutions.

While at Cardinal, he worked on UI future-casting concepts revolving around Multi-touch technology, and caregiver communication that wasn’t primarily reliant on traditional language as the primary communication medium as well as projects concerning Robotics, RFID and Biometric technologies.

Currently, he works as the President of a San Diego based privacy and internet technology company, Anonymizer. He also has served on the board of directors of the largest pop culture event in the world, San Diego Comic Convention, for over 30 years, and serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Air and Space museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

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