Jessica de Souza

San Diego, CA, U.S. · jessica.souzajds _at_

I am a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego, where I am advised by Edward Jay Wang, from the Ubiquitous Data & Computing Laboratory. At UCSD, my research focuses on bringing solutions for healthcare, enabling affordable and convenient health monitoring for patients at home and working professionals, by using the smartphone’s touch data and sensors. More specifically, I am exploring new ways of measuring accurate blood pressure in older adults that need an easy self-assessment of blood pressure information for heart diseases. For this, I am exploring signal processing techniques, electronics and sensors, phone applications, and device prototyping, all combined to solve problems in human-computer interaction applied to the medical field. My research interests are related to the impacts of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction in healthcare, and how can we build devices accessible for people in need, especially for chronic illnesses. I am also interested in seeking new ways to acquire reliable biological data, either by using sensors, smartphones, or other kinds of input. Some of the skills I put together to achieve my current goals are hardware prototyping, programming in Python and C, signal processing, project organization and management.


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Please checkout my projects page where I have a small sample of previous works.

If you want to find more projects, feel free to access my Github account.


My timeline:
  • 2020 - Started a Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD (currently attending).
  • 2019 - College graduation, obtained the Telecommunication Engineer degree from IFSC.
  • 2018 - Attended the Annual Ideagen Empowering Women and Girls 2030 Summit (UN Headquarters, USA).
  • 2018 - Internship at Microsoft Research (Redmond, USA), Clinical Sensing and Analytics Group.
  • 2017 - Second place at the IFSC Innovative Ideas Contest, Brazil. 10,000.00 BRL grant.
  • 2017 - Best extended abstract at VIII Computer on the Beach (Univali, Brazil).
  • 2015 - Outstanding First Year Student in Chinese (UNR).
  • 2014 ~ 2015 - Attended University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), exchange student.
  • 2014 - Awarded with CAPES and CNPQ scholarship to study abroad.
  • 2013 - Started college at the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina, Brazil.