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Stress management is a growing necessity across society. 80% of primary care visits are due to stress, while only 3% of patients actually receive advice on how to manage it.

Stress for modern humans happens “in the wild” (i.e. In the built environment. Modern humans spend 87% of their time indoors or in cars.) Pablo discusses the need to design stress management interventions that are embedded within this new, human-made “wild”, as part of a new ecology.

Pablo explores an emerging need for research on interventions to improve stress monitoring and recovery. A novel breed of unobtrusive internet connect (IoT) sensors embedded in cars, chairs, desks and other objects is one solution that has a lot of potential for helping us to manage this condition early.


About the Speaker

Pablo Paredes

Pablo Paredes

Pablo Paredes earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. He is part of the faculty, as an Instructor, in the Radiology, and the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Departments at Stanford University. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science at Stanford University for two years. During his PhD career, he held internships on behavior change and affective computing in Microsoft Research and Google.

 

Before 2010 he was a senior strategic manager with Intel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a lead product manager with Telefonica in Quito, Ecuador and an Entrepreneur in his natal Cuenca, Ecuador. In these roles, he has had the opportunity to closely evaluate designers, engineers, business people and researchers in telecommunications, product development, and ubiquitous computing. He has advised several PhD, masters and undergrad students.