You might not know that more people in the world suffer from mental illness than heart-disease or cancer! And it is largely ignored. Could innovative technology solve the problem? Tanzeem has some answers and insights.

Tanzeem Choudhury is an associate professor in Computing and Information Science at Cornell University. She directs the People-Aware Computing group, which is inventing technology to support individuals with serious mental illness and shaping the future of technology-assisted wellbeing. Tanzeem received her PhD from MIT Media Lab and was named one of the MIT Technology Review’s top 35 innovators under 35 in 2008. She is a Poptech Science Fellow, Public Leadership Fellow and a TED Fellow. Tanzeem’s work has been featured in the Economist, New York Times, BBC, and other popular press. Tanzeem is passionate about breaking gender stereotypes about women in technology.

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  • Joe Schmoe

    Posted July 15, 2021 5:19 am

    Mental illness is a huge problem in USA, sometimes resulting in mass killing by such people. Wish her the best in her work.

  • Mike Knife

    Posted July 15, 2021 5:19 am

    Psychiatry is a fraud and a scam to make money off of suckers like you by pushing psych meds that kill.

  • Aelita Stones

    Posted July 15, 2021 5:19 am

    she's my idol!

  • Andréz CS2D

    Posted July 15, 2021 5:19 am

    there was something that made my stop watching it…

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