Sensing & AI Ethics: Applications in Health [Video and Slides]

Gene Tunik , Cansu Canca, Karen Quigley, Rai Winslow and Maria Giovanna Trovato

Sensing technology promises enormous benefits in healthcare applications. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), these tools can improve treatment efficacy, facilitate disease detection, and monitor and analyze patient health in real time. However, practitioners face ethical risks when collecting sensitive data and using AI to develop products and discover insights. A comprehensive approach to Responsible AI is necessary for organizations to innovate and advance the state of the art.

In this webinar, business leaders and practitioners learn about key developments in AI and sensing technology from EAI Director of AI + Health Dr. Eugene Tunik, and their responsible development and use from EAI Ethics Lead Dr. Cansu Canca. Combining interdisciplinary research, experiential learning, and a comprehensive and organization-wide implementation framework in Responsible AI, the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University is uniquely positioned to provide ethical guidance and expertise for healthcare innovators. 


Gene Tunik, director of AI + health at the Institute for Experiential AI (EAI)
Cansu Canca, ethics lead at EAI
Karen Quigley, affiliate faculty at EAI and professor of psychology at Northeastern University
Rai Winslow, director of life sciences and medical research at the Roux Institute
Maria Giovanna Trovato, global strategy and business development manager in healthcare and life sciences at EAI

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Gene Tunik is the director for AI+health at the Institute for Experiential AI, as well as the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation and is a faculty member in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences with adjunct appointments in the departments of Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He directs the Laboratory for Movement Neuroscience in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science… read more

Cansu Canca is the ethics lead at the Institute for Experiential AI. She also has an affiliation with the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Ethics Institute in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has a doctorate in philosophy specializing in applied ethics… read more

Dr. Karen Quigley is Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and a member of the Institute for Experiential AI. Dr. Quigley directs the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory (together with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett) within the College of Science in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Quigley’s research broadly focuses on how the body and brain together create experience and behavior. In her basic science research, she examines the psychophysiological, behavioral, and contextual features associated with instances of affective experience like emotion and stress. A key contextual feature of interest is the internal signals from the body that inform the brain about what is happening in the body’s periphery. Her recent work focuses on understanding the sources of observed variation in patterns of physiological features that occur during different instances of the same emotional experience, such as when a person feels anger or fear. This work documented that the biological pattern associated with anger during one emotional instance in a person can be quite different from the pattern observed in the same person in a different context or in another person. This work shows that studies of experience must go beyond the laboratory to sample the much broader range of experiential instances that occur in everyday life. To enable this work, Drs. Quigley and Barrett innovated a new biologically-triggered experience sampling methodology that enhances the efficiency of sampling multimodal data, including self-reports, physiology, behavior, and context, and provides the broad range of features necessary to create individual descriptive and predictive models with the goal of understanding which features of a person or the context structure the observed variation. In her applied research, Dr. Quigley assesses affective experience and health outcomes in those experiencing negative functional impacts after major life events like a military deployment or in community members who experienced a terrorism event. In other applied work, she uses health technology, including a person’s own physiological data, to motivate a patient to make behavior changes with the goal of improving health behaviors like sleep or physical activity.

Dr. Rai Winslow is the director of Life Sciences and Medical Research at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University. He is also a Professor of Bioengineering, and holds affiliate positions at Northeastern in Computer Science & Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences at the College of Engineering, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, and Bouve College of Health Sciences… read more

Maria Giovanna Trovato is a global strategy and business development manager in the Healthcare and Life Sciences team at the Institute for Experimental AI (EAI). A pharmaceutical professional with a decade of experience of working in an international environment, she brings a defined healthcare background and focus to the institute… read more

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