Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science and founder of the Health Tech Hub at Cornell Tech in New York City. She is also a Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and co-founder of Open mHealth. Her current focus is on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (TEDMED, Small data Lab).
Estrin is credited for being a thought leader in the subfield of wireless sensing systems, and in high impact, application-driven computer systems research. She chaired the National Research Council study on Networked Embedded Computing, which produced the report, Embedded Everywhere; and in 2001 shortly after joining the UCLA faculty, she founded and directed the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin spent the early part of her career on faculty at USC (1986-2000) in the Internet research and development community (IETF and Sigcomm) with a focus on protocol design and scalability. Estrin received her PhD (1985) in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her BS (1980) from U.C. Berkeley.
Estrin’s contributions to technology and application innovation have been recognized internationally, including: first ACM Athena Lecturer (2006), the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL Switzerland (2008) and Uppsala University Sweden (2010), and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007) and the National Academy of Engineering (2009).