#81: The A.R.O.M.A. Project

In this episode, Frauke sits down with Healthcare Design’s Break Through 2022 competition finalists Erica Parker, Pulkit Jain, and Chris Brause to discuss their A.R.O.M.A. Project.

They discuss the enormous potential AI has to support the health care space through olfactory concepts.

The team shares what need they saw in the healthcare space, reveal how they came up with the concept, and explain the different ways the design could be implemented.

They discuss the enormous possibilities for environmental monitoring devices that can serve the many underrepresented communities, including those of color and people living with anosmia. In fact, Pulkit shares a heartbreaking story from "Cancer Alley" that hits far too close to home.

Imagine a public device that can monitor the air and capture data about all kinds of things like disease (think COVID), pollution, allergens, and harmful chemicals. Or a personal device that can monitor changes in your personal space which warns you about gas leaks, smoke, or believe it or not an intruder. Even a hand-held device that can monitor changes in your personal scent profile, helping you detect diseases like cancer through changes in your body odor. 

This episode will leave you inspired to see so much potential that you'll spread the word to make the project come to life very soon.

Learn more about the A.R.O.M.A. Project ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.

#81: The A.R.O.M.A. Project

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Meet The Designers

Erica Parker is a Product Designer who specializes in interface (UI), experience (UX), and interactive design (IxD). Prior to her current role, Erica worked as an Architectural Designer and Medical Planner, where she focused on designing and constructing inpatient and outpatient facilities with a particular emphasis on surgical platforms and imaging modalities. As a Product Designer, Erica is involved in the full design life cycle of complex products and services that enhance the digital and built environment for clinical spaces. Her work involves planning and evaluating the feasibility and viability of virtual, augmented, and extended reality technologies in close collaboration with engineering and product teams. In addition to her professional work, Erica combines her passion for art, industrial design, architecture, and technology in her personal life. She is also a strong advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) and prioritizes access, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of her work.

Pulkit Jain is a Senior ML Engineer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His expertise and interests include ML Engineering, Data Engineering, ML Ops, Data Ops, DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure. He is passionate about the plumbing required to deal with large quantities of data and finding out innovative ways to facilitate ML and AI workflows. He also specializes in AR and Motion Capture technologies. Before joining MSK, Pulkit worked as a Data and DevOps Engineer in Consulting, Healthcare and Telecom. His previous experience involved building Data and Devops Pipelines in Cloud Environments to productionize data science, AI and ML workflows, with a focus on calls, genomics and sales data. Outside of work, Pulkit is very keen on robotics and embedded systems and has developed robots for various industry applications. He also actively works with a variety of mission driven startups and nonprofits to help them better organize their data infrastructure and affect a positive change for the world.

Chris Brause is a Product Designer specializing in UX/UI, ideation, and rapid prototyping. Over the last 10 years he’s worked on projects ranging from major label album releases for Grammy winning artists to leading and executing design initiatives for both startups and Fortune 50 companies. Chris currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designing products and experiences that leverage emerging technology to help further MSK’s mission of diagnosing, treating, and curing cancer.

The Concepts