Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub in the Jacobs Institute and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech. She holds The Robert V. Tishman Founder's Chair and has recently taken on a leadership role as Associate Dean. Her current research focus is on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (TEDMED). Estrin co-founded the non-profit startup, Open mHealth and sits on several scientific advisory boards for early stage mobile health startups.

Previously, Estrin was on the UCLA faculty where she was the Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), pioneering the development of mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world. Her honors include: ACM Athena Lecture (2006), Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007), The National Academy of Engineering (2009), The IEEE Internet Award (2017).

Current collaborators include: Tanzeem Choudhury, Geri Gay, Ari Juels, Helen Nissenbaum, JP Pollak, M. Carrington Reid, Ida Sim, Daniel Stein


  • Small Data
  • Small Data are the myriad of data traces we each generate everyday. Unfortunately, that data is often unavailable to us in a form that we can make sense of or act upon. Imagine a special kind of app running in the cloud that privately and securely turns your small data into big insights

    Creating an ecosystem around small data

  • Health Tech Hub
  • Spring 2017 Teaching:

    INFO5555 Health Tech, Data, Systems

    CS5450 Networks and Distributed Computing, with Vitaly Shmatikov

    We launched a Masters of Science program in Health Tech in Fall 2015 and are accepting applications for Fall 2018.

    Our NSF funded research project with Cornell Information Sciences in Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medical College is developing new ways of measuring, and ultimately managing, pain (NSF Painless). NSF Painless project is funded by National Science Foundation Award 1344587.

  • Open mHealth
  • Open mHealth works with clinical experts and app and device developers to make digital health data as useful and actionable as possible. The open API platform gives developers a way to easily produce, access and integrate clinically meaningful and actionable data. Open mHealth builds products designed to support collaborative, connected, personalized care, that demonstrate the power of our open platform.

    The small data lab has built an open source, open mhealth compliant system to support rapid prototyping and small scale pilots. such as the NSF Painless project mentioned above. The software itself is available open source and described here (ohmage-omh).

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Recent Presentations

  1. hackNY, Invited Speaker, "Leveraging small (n=me) data." New York, NY, July 26, 2017
  2. RSF 2017 Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, Invited Speaker, Leveraging small data to personalize, sustain, and study (health) behavior, Princeton, NJ, June 29, 2017
  3. 2017 ITdotHealth: SMART Decisions, Invited Panelist, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, June 26-27, 2017
  4. NIH Workshop ICAMPAM, Special Presenter, Using Small Data to Personalize, Sustain and Study Health Behavior, Washington D.C., June 22, 2017
  5. 2017 Sage Assembly, Invited Speaker, Seattle WA, April 20th, 2017
  6. NLM GA Biomedical Informatics Course, Invited Keynote, Mobile Health (mHealth): Leveraging mobile technologies for health research and intervention, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, April 2017
  7. IsraHCI, Invited Keynote, "mobile health and small data". Herzliya, Israel, January 3, 2017
  8. Data Transparency Lab, Columbia University, Panel Speaker, New York, November 17, 2016
  9. AMIA, Panel Speaker, Building a Research Ecosystem, Chicago IL, November 14, 2016
  10. MRWJF Workshop, Ignite Talk, "Digital marshmallow mobile research study" with Fred Muench, New York, NY, October 14th, 2016
  11. MIT IDSS Launch, Invited Panelist: Analyzing our Health, "Small data for health", Cambridge MA, September 23rd, 2016
  12. TNC 2016, Keynote, Building the Internet of People, Prague Czech, June 14, 2016
  13. m.2016, Google NYC, June 9, 2016
  14. HealthTech:Apps, gadgets, gizmos conference, NYU, May 7, 2016
  15. Biomedical Engineering Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, May 5, 2016
  16. UHG Innovation Summit, Minneapolis MN, April 28, 2016
  17. ISRII Keynote, Seattle, April 7, 2016
  18. Joint Summit on Translational Research Keynote, San Francisco, March 22, 2016
  19. Mozilla Science Labs, March 10, 2016
  20. Yale University, Nyquist Distinguished Lecture, March 9, 2016
  21. Netflix workshop on Recommender systems, Feburary 26, 2016
  22. Nesta Health Lab: The Future of People Powered Health, Invited Speaker, "Mobile Research Study platforms and challenges", London, England, February 9, 2016
  23. NSF Workshop, Invited Presentation,"Small data fueled applications and services", Washington DC, January 27, 2016
  24. AOL-Technion Workshop, "Immersive recommendation", Haifa, Israel, January 11, 2016

Complete List of Selected Presentations