Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Claudia D’Adamo

Claudia D’Adamo ’13 and Sedra Davis ’14 are working with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Tom Armstrong to improve automated monitoring of critically injured patients. The project is funded by a grant from the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research and Coalition to Diversify Computing.

The project: We’re analyzing data—such as heart rate, blood pressure and other variables—to find patterns. With those patterns we’re trying to predict the need for medical intervention and prevent unfavorable outcomes in future patients. We’re collaborating with doctors, students and staff from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and medical staff from the State of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Hospital.

Saving lives: I’m interested in this work because it will do a lot for the medical community. The algorithms we develop will produce results that are similar to a doctor’s decision about patient treatment.

A learning experience: I really enjoy computer science, and working on research projects in the department has been a great opportunity for me. I’ve never done medical research like this, but it has introducing me to a new type of data to analyze and a more collaborative type of research environment. The research also has such a great purpose, and I’m excited to learn more about it.

Only at Wheaton: I chose Wheaton because I was looking for a liberal arts college that offers small class sizes and personable professors. I wanted the chance to know professors one on one. I’m very glad that I made that decision, because I wouldn’t have received the research experience I’ve had here anywhere else.

Interview by Mary Howard ’85