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The collaboration includes Caltech’s Sensing to Intelligence (S2I) Center, which seeks to bring together two typically isolated disciplines – the field of sensing and imaging and the field of computation and algorithms – by adopting a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. The goal of bringing these two fields together, say the organizations, is to develop more powerful and intelligent sensing systems and is wholly aligned with Rockley’s approach to health and wellness monitoring, which combines photonics-based sensor technologies with state-of-the-art AI and data analytics.

Through its investment in S2I, the company plans to support a range of projects, including the development of new integrated spectrometer technologies using advanced photonics sensors. Researchers in the S2I center will explore and further analyze the relationship between spectral data and individual biomarkers to broaden and enhance the health monitoring capabilities and will utilize Rockley’s platform in the process.

Rockley Photonics and Caltech have collaborated previously on research projects including co-packaged optics and the co-design and integration of advanced photonics and electronics.

“Caltech has a strong history of supporting the development of health-related technologies, including Professor Arnold Beckman’s invention of the DU spectrophotometer, which was hailed as perhaps the most important instrument ever developed toward the advancement of bioscience,” says Dr. Andrew Rickman, chief executive officer and founder of Rockley Photonics. “This new partnership will combine our experience building Rockley’s unique biomarker sensing platform, which incorporates a spectrophotometer-on-a-chip, with Caltech’s extensive research capabilities. We are happy to be working with Caltech once again to push the boundaries of bioscience even further.”

The scope of the partnership with S2I involves multiple Caltech divisions and departments, including Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Medical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical sciences, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Azita Emami, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at Caltech and director of the S2I initiative says, “With support from Rockley, we believe we have an opportunity to leverage integrated sensor technologies and machine learning algorithms to create intelligent sensor systems that process and make sense of the data, help avoid information overload for patients and doctors, and do a better job of avoiding false positives. We believe that the potential for transforming personal healthcare and well-being is limitless.”

Leveraging Rockley’s and Caltech’s experience developing AI solutions for biosensing and healthcare, the collaboration will also explore new applications for cloud-based services, exploiting the advanced capabilities of platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Aaron Zilkie, chief technology officer of photonics at Rockley Photonic adds, “The cross-disciplinary research mandate of the S2I Center, which brings together experts from multiple fields across photonics, electronics, biology, and AI in both academia and industry, is highly synergistic with Rockley’s goal of working with top research talent to develop the most advanced smart health monitoring and sensing solutions. Plus, with AWS’s support of Caltech’s research related to basic science and AI, we think this research partnership is exactly the kind of collaboration that the field needs.”

Rockley Photonics

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