NSF Award OAC-1924117: Easy-Med: Interdisciplinary Training in Security, Privacy-Assured Internet of Medical Things

Training STEM Students for a Career in Smart Healthcare

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The phenomenon of a network of interconnected devices, called the Internet of Things (IoT), is the backbone of today’s connected world. An IoT-based framework for the healthcare industry, is called the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). It is a significant application of smart cities and is expected to be a US $136.8 Billion industry by the year 2021. With 3.7 million connected devices in 2018, the smart healthcare industry is estimated to contribute up to 30% of the world’s stored data.

The healthcare industry is estimated to contribute up to 30% of the world’s stored data. About 80 megabytes of imaging and electronic medical record (EMR) data are generated for each patient each year. The amount of healthcare data produced more than doubles each year and is expected to reach a trillion gigabytes soon. The main challenges for building Security, Privacy-Assured IoMT frameworks include the following: (a) the sheer amount of healthcare data created by the ever-increasing number of sensing devices and applications, (b) vulnerability to security threats and privacy issues increases with the number of devices connected to the internet, (c) security features of existing IoMT frameworks are not fully utilized by the users, and (d) the knowledge gap between the designers of IoMT frameworks and the end-users limits the effectiveness of the IoMT frameworks.

The National Science Foundation grant received by the University is addressing this gap, serving the national interest as stated by NSF’s mission: to promote the progress of science; and to advance national health, prosperity and welfare.

Through this NSF sponsored project we propose, Tech-in-Med, a multi-disciplinary training program designed to improve the core literacy of cyberinfrastructure for East Texas undergraduate students interested in technology, engineering, science or healthcare fields. The training program includes a guest lecture series in Spring, 6-week summer camp and Build-a-Thon in Fall semesters.


Project Personnel:

  1. Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (PI), Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.
  2. Dr. Premananda Indic, Ph.D., Co-PI, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.
  3. Dr. Jimi Francis, Ph.D., Co-PI, Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology.


Project Accomplishments


Spring Events

Guest Lecture

  • April 1, 2020 – 12:30 PM – 2 PM- Invited Guest Lecture - Dr. Lakshman Tamil, Professor, UT Dallas at UT Tyler.

Register for the Guest Lecture Series!


Summer Events

Tech-in-Med Summer Camp

Interested about technology utilized in healthcare? Want to build your own healthcare monitoring framework? Learn about using the latest technology for the advancement of healthcare in six weeks with hands-on training & research-driven presentations on the UT Tyler campus. Space is limited to 12 undergraduate students of any science or engineering discipline. Scholarships are available!

Training Modules:


Training Module

June 22, 2020 – June 26, 2020

Training Module 1: Sensor-level Training

June 29, 2020 – July 2, 2020

Training Module 2: System-level IoMT Integration

July 6, 2020 – July 9, 2020

Training Module 3: Signal and Data Analytics in IoT Systems

July 13, 2020 – July 16, 2020

Training Module 4: Training on Security and Privacy Aspects

July 20, 2020 – July 23, 2020

Training Module 5: Applications of BioSensors in Healthcare

July 27, 2020 – July 30, 2020

Training Module 6: Community-oriented Healthcare and Ethics


Contact: Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel, UT Tyler Department of Electrical Engineering, PSundaravadivel@uttyler.edu
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Date: June 22 – July 30, 2020
Cost: $150
Place: Ratliff Building-North, Room 3035
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2020

Register for the Tech-in-Med Summer Camp!


Fall Events

UT Tyler Build-a-Thon

Learn to develop hardware solutions in a regional Build-a-Thon to be conducted by the UT Tyler Department of Electrical Engineering.

Time: TBD

Date: Nov. 6, 2020 (Proposed)

Place: TBD

Register for the UT Tyler Build-a-Thon!