Professor Sumi Helal

Chair in Digital Health

Research Overview

Professor Helal is Chair in Digital Health where he leads interdisciplinary research and initiatives in digital health in both the School of Computing and Communications (Faculty of Science and Technology) and the Division of Health Research (Faculty of Health and Medicine). Before joining Lancaster, he was a Computer & Information Science and Engineering Professor at the University of Florida, USA, and Director of its Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory. He co-founded and directed the Gator Tech Smart House – a real-world deployment project that aimed at identifying key barriers and opportunities to make the Smart Home concept a common place (creating the “Smart Home in a Box” concept). His active areas of research focus on architectural and programmability aspects of the Internet of Things, and on pervasive/ubiquitous systems and their human-centric applications with special focus on smart spaces, proactive health/wellness, patient empowerment and e-coaching, and assistive technology in support of personal health, aging, disabilities, and independence. Professor Helal currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the Computer Society’s flagship and premier publication. He also currently serves as member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. He is inventor or co-inventor on 9 published US patents, and author or co-author of over 200 publications including IEEE/ACM transactions and other journals, conferences, workshops, books, edited books, and book chapters. Professor Helal is a Boilermaker (Ph.d., Purdue University, class of 1991) and is a Fellow of the IEEE.