Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of computer and information science and health. This includes a wide range of methods for connecting people, devices and data. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, and big data, especially as they relate to health. More specifically, her efforts include serving as co-chair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development community of practice of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in mobile technology research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. Previously, Wendy was at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
Science is changing rapidly and new transdisciplinary approaches are resulting in transformative change across domains. Health and medicine have begun to embrace convergent approaches that involve expertise from non-traditional biomedical disciplines. This has resulted in new methods and findings that could not have happened a decade earlier. Informatics and advanced analytics are poised to contribute […]