[Busec] Fwd: TALK:Wednesday 11-9-11 Trustworthy Medical Device Software

Bestavros, Azer best at bu.edu
Wed Nov 2 11:09:16 EDT 2011

This should be an interesting talk. 


> From: Csail Event Calendar <eventcalendar at csail.mit.edu>
> Subject: TALK:Wednesday 11-9-11 Trustworthy Medical Device Software
> Date: November 2, 2011 12:01:02 AM EDT
> To: seminars at csail.mit.edu
> Trustworthy Medical Device Software
> Speaker: Kevin Fu
> Speaker Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Amherst
> Host: Daniel Jackson
> Host Affiliation: Software Design Group, CSAIL
> Date: 11-9-2011
> Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
> Location: 32-G882 (Hewlett Room)
> Abstract:
> The Institute of Medicine commissioned my 2011 report on the role of
> trustworthy software in the context of U.S. medical device regulation. This
> talk will provide a glimpse into the risks, benefits, and regulatory issues
> for innovation of trustworthy medical device software.
> Today, it would be difficult to find medical device technology that does not
> critically depend on computer software. The technology enables patients to
> lead more normal and healthy lives. However, medical devices that rely on
> software (e.g., drug infusion pumps, linear accelerators) continue to injure
> or kill patients in preventable ways-- despite the lessons learned from the
> tragic radiation incidents of the Therac-25 era.  The lack of trustworthy
> medical device software leads to shortfalls in properties such as safety,
> effectiveness, dependability, reliability, usability, security, and privacy.
> Come learn a bit about the science, technology, and policy that shapes
> medical device software.
> Bio:
> Kevin Fu is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and adjunct Associate
> Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of
> Massachusetts Amherst.  Prof. Fu makes embedded computer systems smarter:
> better security and safety, reduced energy consumption, faster performance. 
> His most recent contributions on trustworthy medical devices and computational
> RFIDs appear in computer science and medical conferences and journals.  The
> research is featured in critical articles by the NYT, WSJ, and NPR.
> Prof. Fu is a visiting scientist at the Food & Drug Administration and the
> Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School. He is an
> incoming member of the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. 
> Prof. Fu received a Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and best
> paper awards from various academic silos of computing.  He was named MIT
> Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year.  Prof. Fu received his Ph.D. in
> EECS from MIT when his research pertained to secure storage and web
> authentication.  He also holds a certificate of achievement in artisanal bread
> making from the French Culinary Institute.
> URLs:
> http://spqr.cs.umass.edu/
> http://omdrl.org/
> http://secure-medicine.org/
> http://sharps.org/
> Relevant URL(S): 
> For more information please contact: Eunsuk Kang, eskang at csail.mit.edu
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