HITC Seminar: Kevin Fu

Trustworthy Medical Device Software

Joint lecture with the Information Trust Institute (ITI)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
4:00 PM Central Time
Room 2405 Siebel Center

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Abstract: The Institute of Medicine commissioned my 2011 report on the role of trustworthy software in the context of U.S. medical device regulation. This talk will provide a glimpse into the risks, benefits, and regulatory issues for innovation of trustworthy medical device software.

Today, it would be difficult to find medical device technology that does not critically depend on computer software. The technology enables patients to lead more normal and healthy lives. However, medical devices that rely on software (e.g., drug infusion pumps, linear accelerators) continue to injure or kill patients in preventable ways– despite the lessons learned from the tragic radiation incidents of the Therac-25 era. The lack of trustworthy medical device software leads to shortfalls in properties such as safety, effectiveness, dependability, reliability, usability, security, and privacy.

Bio: Kevin Fu is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.  Professor Fu makes embedded computer systems smarter with better security and safety, reduced energy consumption, and faster performance.  He directs the Security and Privacy Research Lab, a team focusing on trustworthy medical devices and computational RFIDs at the frontiers of computer science, electrical computer engineering, and healthcare.  His research appears in computer science and medical journals and has been featured in the NYT, WSJ, and NPR.

Prior to his work at the University of Michigan, Professor Fu served as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has served as a visiting scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School, Microsoft Research, and MIT CSAIL.  He is a current member of the NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board.  Professor Fu received a Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, best paper awards from various academic silos of computing, and the distinction of MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year.  Professor Fu earned his Ph.D. in EECS at MIT for research on secure storage and web authentication.  He also holds a certificate of achievement in artisanal bread making from the French Culinary Institute.

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