Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance


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  • Achintya K. Bhowmik, PhD

    Achintya K. Bhowmik, PhD

    Adjunct Professor, OHNS/Otology & Neurotology Division

    BioDr. Achin Bhowmik serves on the faculty of Stanford University as an adjunct professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, where he advises research and lectures in the areas of sensory augmentation, computational perception, cognitive neuroscience, and intelligent systems. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Human Performance Alliance, and a mentor for the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program.

    He is the chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at Starkey Hearing Technologies, a privately-held medical devices company with over 5,000 employees and operations in over 100 countries worldwide. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, research and development, engineering and program management departments, and leading the drive to transform hearing aids into multifunction wearable health and communication devices with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence.

    Previously, Dr. Bhowmik was the vice president and general manager of the Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for the R&D, engineering, operations, and businesses in the areas of 3D sensing and interactive computing, computer vision and artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and drones, and immersive virtual and merged reality devices.

    Dr. Bhowmik is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, board of trustees for the National Captioning Institute, board of directors for OpenCV, board of advisors for the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley, and industry advisory board for the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is also on the board of directors and advisors for several technology startup companies.

    He has also held adjunct and guest professor positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Liquid Crystal Institute of the Kent State University, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. He received his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, PhD from Auburn University, and attended the Executive Program at Stanford University. He has authored over 200 publications, including two books and over 80 granted patents.

    His awards and honors include Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA), President and Fellow of the Society for Information Display (SID), Top 25 Healthcare Technology CTOs by the Healthcare Technology Report, Notable Leaders in Healthcare by Twin Cities Business, Healthcare Heroes award from the Business Journals, Industrial Distinguished Leader award from the Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association, IEEE Distinguished Industry Speaker, TIME’s Best Inventions, Red Dot Design award, MUSE Design award, and the Artificial Intelligence Excellence award.

    Dr. Bhowmik and his work have been covered in numerous press articles, including TIME, Fortune, Wired, USA Today, US News & World Reports, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, BBC, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, EE Times, The Verge, etc.

  • Jennifer Hicks

    Jennifer Hicks

    Deputy Director, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

    Current Role at StanfordDeputy Director, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford
    Director of Research, Mobilize Center
    Directory of Research, Restore Center
    Research and Development Manager, OpenSim Project

  • Joy Ku

    Joy Ku

    Research Technical Manager, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

    Current Role at StanfordJoy Ku is focused on biocomputation and the advancement of their use through teaching, science communications, community building, and the promotion of research resource sharing efforts, particularly as related to reproducibility and open-source science.

    She is currently Deputy Director of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford (https://humanperformance.stanford.edu) and also leads the education and outreach efforts for the overall Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, which consists of institutions across the country, including Boston Children's Hospital, Salk, UC San Diego, the University of Kansas, and the University of Oregon. The Alliance's mission is to discover biological principles to optimize human performance and catalyze innovations in human health.

    Dr. Ku is also the Director of Promotions and Didactic Interactions for the NIH-funded Restore Center (https://restore.stanford.edu), as well as the Director of Education and Communications for the Mobilize Center (https://mobilize.stanford.edu), an NIH Biomedical Technology Resource Center. Both Centers provide tools, infrastructure, and training to support the research community. The Mobilize Center's emphasis is on biomechanical modeling and machine learning algorithms to provide new insights into human movement from data sources, such as wearables, video, and medical images. The Restore Center's mission is to advance rehabilitation research using mobile sensor and video technology for real-world assessments of movement and factors affecting movement.

    She also manages SimTK (https://simtk.org), a software, model, and data-sharing platform for the biocomputation research community.

  • Julie Muccini, MS, OTR/L

    Julie Muccini, MS, OTR/L

    Research Engineer, Rad/Musculoskeletal Imaging

    BioJulie Muccini is an occupational therapist specializing in working with individuals with neurological diagnoses. She is registered and licensed in California and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). She is actively involved in research on recovery post-stroke. She works in the Human Performance Lab with an interdisciplinary team integrating biomechanics, biomedical engineering, physiology, psychology, and rehabilitation. Ms. Muccini received her bachelor's of science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and her master's of science from Boston University in Occupational Therapy. She started working at the hospital at Stanford in 1997 and transitioned to the Outpatient Neuro Rehab Clinic at the Stanford Neurosciences Health Center in 2014. In March 2021, Julie moved over to the Stanford School of Medicine to work in the Human Performance Lab at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, ACSR.