Teaching

 

I400 - Intro to Health Informatics

Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence

In this course, we teach students about biomedical informatics, e.g. how we can use healthcare data and technology to better treat patients and advance public health.  We often go through a healthcare data project (data mining, machine learning, predictive modeling), where the students get hands-on experience applying some basic machine learning algorithms to healthcare data, and then use the insights learned to try to develop some sort of healthcare intervention (a program, technology, app, etc.). 

I have put together a set of step-by-step instructions for the healthcare data mining project (using the open-source Knime software, www.knime.org). It is available below, if others are interested in using it for teaching/learning.  We tried to make it as simple as possible, so that students could gain experience working with health data without getting hung up in the technical details.  It can be downloaded below.  We typically use some datasets from the UC-Irvine Machine Learning repository (a fantastic resource).  A few of those datasets (that have already been cleaned, missing data removed, etc.) are also accessible below:

  • Health Data Mining Project - Instructions

  • Knime Setup Guide - for getting Knime setup to run the above data mining project

  • Healthcare Datasets -  includes data sets for diabetes, breast cancer, contraceptive use, and Parkinson's (including description files for each), as well as "project scenarios" for each one

 

I400/I590 - Human Robot Interaction
Robot and Frank, Robot Arm Wrestling

In this course, we teach students how to build interactive robots using Arduinos and open-source hardware.  It's a hands-on course, that also includes lectures on social and technical issues in human-robot interaction.  The students conceive and build their own interactive robot in groups (as part of a guided project), which at the end of the course is demo-ed for the whole class.

 

 

I202 - Intro to Social Informatics

Social Informatics, Robot Love, Unintended Consequences

In this course, we teach students about issues related to the mutual shaping of technology and society.  For instance, we discuss how people shape how technology is designed, used, and evolves, as well as how technology (e.g. social media) affects how people think and live their lives.  We also challenge a number of commonly held beliefs about technology (e.g. technological determinism, inventor myth) that most people are not even aware they hold.