The 2015 Quantified Self Public Health Symposium

Improving Access to Self-Collected Data for Personal and Public Benefit

Data collected in the ordinary course of life holds clues about some of our most pressing questions related to human health and wellbeing. But significant barriers stand in the way of using personal and public data for understanding and improving individual and public health. At this one-day symposium, held on May 14, 2015 on the UCSD campus, invited researchers, government leaders, and key decision makers from companies creating personal and public data products will work towards a pragmatic, example-rich understanding of how to improve access.

Topics we will address at the 2015 QSPH Symposium:

  • Using Consumer Devices for Public Health Research
  • Participatory Research Designs
  • Aggregation and Data Flow - Permissions and Architecture
  • Privacy and Equal Access to Data
  • Public/Private Data Sharing Partnerships
  • Technical, Policy, and Cultural Innovations in Data Access
  • Connecting Consumer and Health Provider Data for Research

  • Conveners
    Bryan Sivak, CTO, US Dept of Health and Human Services
    Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2
    Gary Wolf, Director, Quantified Self Labs
    Support for this symposium was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


    Attendees will include science and public health researchers working closely with personal data, including researchers associated with US Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, and NIH; key health policy decision makers, and research liaisons from key companies that make self tracking tools.

    2014 Quantified Self Public Health Symposium

    In April of 2014, we held the first QS Public Health Symposium in San Diego, CA. We hosted over 100 individuals involved with government policy, academic research in public health and computer science, and a variety of personal data and tracking companies. If you are interested in learning more about that meeting, we in invite you to read our in-depth report. It is based on many interviews, conversations, and the amazing work done during the meeting by attendees.

    Additionally, we have gathered the many forms of documentation that stemmed from the meeting, including reactions, photos, and videos of the talks given at the conference. You can access that content here.


    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Calit2 at UCSD and UC Irvine

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the CTO