You’re invited: Taubman Tech Talk on wearable devices

September 18, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The fall series of Taubman Technology talks kicks off Thursday with a discussion about how wearable devices can provide researchers with novel insights. 

Olivia Walch, Ph.D., will present “Your clock on your phone: Tracking your body’s time with math modeling and wearables.”

The lecture and Q&A will take place from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Danto Auditorium at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Light refreshments and networking will follow at 6 p.m.

Circadian rhythms play an important role in much of how your body works, but they’re hard to measure experimentally. In this talk, Walch will discuss how physiological models of the human circadian clock, combined with mobile tech, can help estimate what time your body thinks it is.

Walch is the CEO and founder of Arcascope, a company specializing in using mathematical modeling to predict circadian rhythms. Apps developed by her have been downloaded nearly half a million times around the world.

She received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from U-M in 2016, and has experience both in running laboratory sleep experiments and modeling these biological systems in ways that can be deployed on mobile devices. Walch currently is a research fellow in the Michigan Medicine Department of Neurology.