Ken Mai wins Microsoft Hub Grant


August 5, 2015

Ken Mai, a senior systems scientist in ECE, has been awarded a Microsoft Surface Hub Research Award grant. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a large touch- and pen-enabled screen with embedded computing. Researchers awarded the grants are striving to create academic, education-oriented, collaborative applications for the Surface Hub. Mai's proposal has received a grant of $16,100 and one Surface Hub, whose retail cost is approximately $20,000.

Mai and his co-investigator — Dr. Shawn T. Beaman of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Anesthesiology — won the award for proposing to use the Surface Hub to revolutionize the scheduling and management of hospital peri-operative care personnel. Currently, the system is fairly primitive and manual, with a person tracking the personnel schedules and duties on a dry-erase board, but Mai and Beaman have proposed to computerize UPMC's “board” system using the Surface Hub. Deployment of the system is planned in stages starting with simulated cases used for training anesthesiology residents at UPMC's WISER simulation center.

 See more about the award here.

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