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    Speakers

Carol Maher

Carol Maher is a Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA.

She's passionate about understanding how children's and adults' daily activity patterns (e.g. physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviours, like watching television) impact their health. In particular, her work explores how technologies such as wearables, online social networking, smartphone apps, gamification and artificial intelligence can support people to make better lifestyle choices, in an engaging, convenient way. She's interested in developing system-level approaches that improve people's activity patterns and health, and which can be delivered at scale, to positively impact Australians in the general community and in healthcare settings. 

Her work is currently supported by an MRFF Investigator Grant (2021-2025), and she's a CI on 2 current NHMRC Project Grants, 1 NHMRC Ideas grants, and 1 NHMRC Partnership Grant. In total, she's received $12.6M in research funding and was named as a Clarivate Highly Cited Research in 2020 (a distinction awarded to 1 in 1000 researchers). She is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health, and former Chair of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity's e- & mHealth Special Interest Group.

Zan Gao

Dr. Zan Gao is a faculty at the School of Kinesiology in University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specializing in physical activity and health. Dr. Gao’s research has primarily focused on promoting health through population-based physical activity interventions with emerging technologies such as active video games, virtual reality and health wearables. In the past decade, Dr. Gao has given 246 presentations at various international and national conferences. He has also published 3 books, 28 book chapters and 140 research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as British Journal of Sports Medicine and Obesity Review. Dr. Gao has been the recipient of several prestigious international and national awards and principal investigator of National Institute of Health research grants and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, and is currently the Editorial Board Member of Games for Health, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, BioMed Research International and Journal of Clinical Medicine, and Associate Editor for Journal of Health and Sports Science and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports. He is the Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, and the Fellow of SHAPE America! Research Council.  

Joseph Wang

Joseph Wang is a Distinguished Professor, SAIC Endowed Professor and former Chair of Nanogineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD), USA. After holding a Regents Professor and Manasse Chair positions at NMSU he moved to ASU where he served as the Director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosnesors (Biodesign Institute). He joined the UCSD NanoEngineering Dept. in 2008. Wang is also a Honorary Professor from 10 different universities and the recipient of 2 National American Chemical Society Awards for Electrochemistry and Instrumentation, the ECS Sensor Achievement Award, and Life Time Achievement Awards from the European Society of Electrochemistry. Wang is a Fellow of the RSC, ECS and AIMBE. He also served as the Chief Editor of the Wiley journal Electroanalysis and on the editorial board of 15 other journals.

 The research interests of Dr. Wang include the development of wearable sensor systems, microrobots and nanomachines, bioelectronics and biosensors, and flexible materials. He has authored over 1150 research papers, 10 books, 40 patents, and 35 chapters (H Index 178). He was ranked as the most cited electrochemist in the world in 1995, the ‘Most Cited Researcher in Engineering’ during 1995- 2005.


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