Peter Ragone

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Peter Ragone
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Peter was a coterminal student, graduating in May 2011, with his Bachelor's in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology and a Master's in Multidisciplinary Science. His background including five years practicing medicine in the prehospital environment adds a unique viewpoint on the TWC's health-related projects. Peter hopes to continue his work with the TWC over the next year while working full-time in Manhattan, and rejoin the Tetherless World Constellation in 2012 for a Ph.D.


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Health on the Web
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness and Joanne S. Luciano
Description: The Tetherless World Constellation's Health on the Web's primary goal is to explore the next generation web technology needed to improve health.
TW LogoNightingale: Proactive Depression Treatment with Individual Social, Sensory and Virtual Technologies. (Nightingale)
Principal Investigator: Joanne S. Luciano, Mei Si, and Jonas Braasch
Description: Depression costs! Each year, billions of dollars are wasted and millions of lives are disrupted because depression is complex, access is limited, treatments are one-size-fits-all, and therapies are trial and error. Nightingale aims to develop innovative solutions using social machines, virtual reality, and pervasive sensor technologies. The goals are: (1) predict an upcoming depression based on personalized features and cognitive modeling, (2) intervene using intelligent synthetic characters and augmented realities with telepresence capabilities for therapists, and (3) provide intelligent tools to users to inform themselves about their condition. Nightingale monitors the user using non-invasive cameras and biosensors, web-based weather data and information about the user’s daily activities. Nightingale intervenes with constructive suggestions, a positive environment, or an alert that medical help is needed. Together, these solutions can better target the right treatments for the right patients at the right time.