ICS Colloquium: Tam Vu, Ph.D.

Title: Earable Computers : Enabling Ear-worn Sensing and Actuating Systems for Healthcare and Brain-Computer Interactions and Brain Stimuli

Presenter: Tam Vu, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering at CU Boulder 

Abstract: This talk introduces the concept of "Earable computers", small computing and actuating devices that are worn inside, behind, around, or on user's ears. Earable sensing and actuation are motivated from the fact that human ears are relatively close to the sources of many important physiological signals such as the brain, eyes, facial muscles, heart, core body temperature, and more.

Therefore, placing the sensors and stimulators inside the ear canals or behind the ears could enable a wide range of applications from human computer interaction, health care, attention/focus monitoring, and opioid use reduction, just to name a few. Drawing the analogy from the evolutions of mobile systems and wearable systems, in this talk, I will discuss the opportunities that earable system could bring.

I will share our experience and lessons learnt through realizing such earable systems in the context of human computer interaction and healthcare.  I will also elaborate the software, hardware, and practical challenges of earable systems.

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Muenzinger Psychology, Rooms D428 and D430 on the fourth floor
1905 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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Science & Technology, Research & Innovation


Faculty, Alumni, Students, Graduate Students, Postdoc

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Graduate School


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Institute of Cognitive Science


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