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
  • Fall 2015 Teaching: CS5555 Health Tech, Data, Systems

    We are launching a Masters of Science program in Health Tech Fall 2015 and are accepting applications for Fall 2016.

    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).

Recent Tweets

Selected Presentations

  1. TNC 2016, Keynote, Building the Internet of People, Prague Czech, June 14, 2016
  2. m.2016, Google NYC, June 9, 2016
  3. HealthTech:Apps, gadgets, gizmos conference, NYU, May 7, 2016
  4. Biomedical Engineering Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, May 5, 2016
  5. UHG Innovation Summit, Minneapolis MN, April 28, 2016
  6. ISRII Keynote, Seattle, April 7, 2016
  7. Joint Summit on Translational Research Keynote, San Francisco, March 22, 2016
  8. Mozilla Science Labs, March 10, 2016
  9. Yale University, Nyquist Distinguished Lecture, March 9, 2016
  10. Netflix workshop on Recommender systems, Feburary 26, 2016
  11. Nesta Health Lab: The Future of People Powered Health, Invited Speaker, "Mobile Research Study platforms and challenges", London, England, February 9, 2016
  12. NSF Workshop, Invited Presentation,"Small data fueled applications and services", Washington DC, January 27, 2016
  13. AOL-Technion Workshop, "Immersive recommendation", Haifa, Israel, January 11, 2016
  14. Global Health Grand Rounds, "Small Data, Big Impact: Using Small Data to Fuel, Personalize, Sustain and Study Health Behavior", WCMC, New York, December 2, 2015
  15. Pfizer Medical Leaders Summit, "Invited Panelist", November 18, 2015
  16. Internet of Things, Vint Cerf Keynote speaker, "Invited Panelist", November 4, 2015
  17. Mount SinaInnovations Session, Mount Sinai Medical College, with JP Pollak, "Consumer Health and Small Data", New York, October 27, 2015
  18. Cornell Food Systems Global Summit, Invited Speaker. "Personalizing nutritional recommendations with small data", Cornell University, Ithaca NY, October 12, 2015
  19. United States White House Special Session on Citizen Science. Citizen Science Communities and Health. Invited Speaker and Session Moderator. Washington DC, September 30, 2015
  20. Predictive Analytics World for Healthcare. Invited Speaker. Boston, September 29, 2015
  21. NSF Workshop on Future Technology to Preserve College Student Health and Foster Wellbeing. Invited Speaker and participant. Northwestern University, Chicago, July 30-31, 2015
  22. NYU Grand Rounds, Department of Public Health, June 25, 2015
  23. Invited Keynote, Stanford-Presidents Council on Fitness Workshop, June 22, 2015
  24. Invited Lecture,TRUST Center Program for Women, Berkeley California, June 18, 2015
  25. Invited Keynote,DDD3, Florence Italy, May 22, 2015
  26. Invited Keynote, WWW 2015, Florence Italy, May 21 2015
  27. Invited Keynote, HxRefactored, Boston, MA, USA, April 2, 2015
  28. Invited speaker, Future Tense Conference, Washington DC, March 26, 2015
  29. CSTB Workshop, Washington DC, March 5, 2015
  30. Beth Israel Invited Seminar, Boston, MA, USA, March 4, 2015
  31. Lake Nona Impact Forum, Lake Nona, Florida, Invited Speaker on Quantified Self, February 27, 2015
  32. Distinguished Lecture, School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech, Inaugural Mary Jean Harrold Memorial Lecture, Atlanta, Georgia, November 20, 2014
  33. Invited Speaker, "Using small data to fuel, personalize, sustain and study incentives", NYC Health Tech Food Forum, Invited Speaker, Hunter College, NYCNovember 18, 2014
  34. TechVision Speaker Series, Thompson Reuters, NYC, October 23, 2014
  35. Invited speaker, BBC Future World Changing Ideas Summit, NYC, October 21, 2014
  36. Invited speaker, Grace Hopper Celebration for Women, Phoenix Arizona, October 10, 2014
  37. Invited lunch speaker, "Small data as a tool for health innovation", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, July 21, 2014
  38. Distinguished Lecture, Mobile health: as a tool for personal and clinical management of chronic disease, University Waterloo, Canada, June 23, 2014
  39. Invited speaker, "Small, n=me, data", Project MAC 50th Anniversary, MIT, Cambridge, MA, May 29, 2014
  40. Invited speaker, "Small, n=me, data", Institute of Medicine special meeting on Lake Nona, Washington DC, May 12, 2014
  41. Invited speaker, "Small, n=me, data", Personal Genomics Conference, , Cambridge, MA, April 30, 2014
  42. Invited Speaker, "Small data", Games 4 Change, NYU, April 23, 2014
  43. Keynote, NIH Workshop, Harnessing "small data" for personalized health promotion, Bethesda MD, April 3, 2014
  44. Keynote, Health Research Association annual meeting, Small data, Chicago III, April 1, 2014
  45. Distinguished Lecture, Brown University Computer Science Department, Small, n=me, data, Providence, RI, March 13, 2014
  46. Invited panelist, "Nano Size me", South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin TX, March 9, 2014
  47. Invited Guest, Privacy and Health, Brian Lehrer Show, March 4, 2014
  48. Invited speaker, Simon’s Rock, Hudson New York, Jan 31, 2014
  49. Conference organizer and session leader, Mobile, Social, Cloud meets Medicine, Technion University, Haifa, Israel, December 17, 2013
  50. Panel member, Big data and health, World International Summit on Health, Doha, Qatar, December 10, 2013
  51. Keynote, NIPS, Lake Tahoe, NV, December 6, 2013
  52. Invited seminar, WCMC Genomics Systems Bio Seminar, New York, NY, December 4, 2013
  53. Invited seminar, WCMC Rogers Health Policy Colloquium, New York, NY, November 13, 2013
  54. Invited speaker, AT Kearney Digital Business Forum, November 7, 2013
  55. Keynote speaker, AAMC Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 3, 2013
  56. Keynote speaker, Wireless Health Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 1, 2013
  57. Panel member, New York City: A Data Science Mecca, Strata Conference, New York, NY, October 29, 2013
  58. From Internet Architecture to Mobile Health, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, October 18, 2013
  59. Seminar speaker, Two Sigma, New York, NY, October 3, 2013
  60. Distinguished Lecture, Information Sciences, Univ Maryland, College Park, September 27, 2013
  61. Panel member, Genomics and Quantified Health, New York Genome Center, New York, NY, September 20, 2013
  62. NSF Distinguished Lecture, September 19, 2013
  63. Invited Seminar, NYU Govlab, New York, NY, August 14, 2013
  64. Keynote, Dagstuhl Workshop on A life shared, Dagstuhl, Germany, July 29, 2013
  65. mHealth Zone Live Radio Show Invited Interview, July 11, 2013
  66. Keynote, NSF Workshop on Smart and Connected Health, Washington, DC, June 4, 2013
  67. Hong Kong University Distinguished Lecture, May 28, 2013
  68. Panel member on mobile health at APS annual meeting. Washington, DC, May 24, 2013
  69. Invited presentation to WCMC 4th year Medical students, New York, NY, May 16, 2013
  70. Verisign Distinguished Lecture, Reston, Virginia, May 15, 2013
  71. North Carolina Environmental Conference Center, Leveraging pervasive mobile technology for environmental and personal health, May 9, 2013
  72. University Wisconsin, Madison, May 2, 2013
  73. NYU Centre for Technology and Economic Development, New York, NY, April 23, 2013
  74. TEDMED, Washington, DC, April 17, 2013
  75. Transforming Health Care Through Mobile Platforms...for Patients, AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 2013
  76. mHealth data streams, personal health portfolios, and privacy, NYU-ONC Privacy Workshop, NYU, February 8, 2013
  77. Toward Mobile Behavioral Biomarkers, WCMC Board of Trustees, February 1, 2013
  78. Mobile Health (mHealth): from smart phone apps and sensor streams to behavioral biomarkers, Weill Cornell Medical School (WCMC) Integrative Medicine Colloquium, January 2013
  79. Mobile Health (mHealth): from smart phone apps and sensor streams to behavioral biomarkers, Cornell University, Information Sciences Department Seminar, January 2013
  80. Mobile Health (mHealth): from smart phone apps and sensor streams to behavioral biomarkers, NIH OBSSR Webinar, January 2013