Dr. Stefan Agamanolis earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has over 10 years of experience inside the MIT Media Laboratory, first as a student and later as one of the founding research directors at Media Lab Europe, its former sister lab in Ireland. There, he led a design-oriented research group that was the birthplace of several award-winning product concepts pertaining to the future of human relationships as mediated by technology. He later became the founding chief executive and research director of Distance Lab, a research initiative in Scotland that created technology and design innovations to address challenges in rural and remote areas of the world, particularly focused on health care but also learning, relationships and cultural heritage. In 2010, this lab became part of the Institute of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art.
Dr. Agamanolis is a member of the editorial board of the Patient Experience Journal, published by the Beryl Institute. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor of Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi where he leads an intensive learning experience in design and innovation for first-year university students. He has participated on program and review committees for a number of scientific conferences including Ubicomp and ACM CHI.
Dr. Agamanolis serves as Senior Director of Patient Experience for Akron Childrenís Hospital. As part of this role he also oversees the organizationís efforts in telehealth and telemedicine. He is also an Associate Director of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute. In these roles Dr. Agamanolis is applying the principles of human-centered design directly within a health care institution to innovate in patient and family experience, service delivery over a distance, and the use of digital media in health care.
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