Miguel Luengo-Oroz


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Name: Miguel Luengo-Oroz
Organization: MalariaSpot - Technical University of Madrid
Title: Researcher
Antidisciplinary scientist passionate about global health and social innovation . A child of two mathematicians from the north of Spain, Miguel had a lifelong interest in computers and engineering. In 2009, he completed his Ph.D. in Spain and France with high impact scientific research in the biomedical imaging field, including a publication in the journal Science. In 2010 he attended Singularity University at NASA Ames, exploring the impact of accelerating technologies – such as mobile phones - and their potential for a real social impact at a global scale. He was then part of a start-up devoted to using mobile devices to collect data on water quantity, quality, access and price in slum communities in Latin America. His impatience and envy to use his skills to have a greater and faster impact in the world made him join the United Nations in 2011 - being one of (if not) the first data scientist hired by this organization. Since then, working at United Nations Global Pulse, he has designed and managed a series of projects that explored the utility of various new, digital data sources (Big Data) to answer traditional development related questions – eg. from emergency response to food security. Miguel has been recognized for his out-of-the box innovative solutions to problems in different sectors, allowing him to direct and inspire teams with people from different disciplines and backgrounds –academia, private sector companies or public servants -, where he can move seamlessly between these groups and have bird’s eye view on many relevant strategic aspects of global development and health issues. Based in the Technical University of Madrid, in spring 2012 he launched his idea, focusing on the proof-of-concept “malariaspot.org” and coordinating an international multidisciplinary team that is working to provide universal crowdsourced medical image diagnosis.

Challenge Entries

More than 1 billion people play videogames. Citizens can contribute to medical diagnosis playing mobile apps with real image samples. We use crowdsourcing, big data and mobiles turned into low-cost microscopes to provide collective diagnosis of global health diseases as malaria or TB.

Jun 23, 2014 / 2 Comments / in Play, Medical Research, Health education, Citizen participation

Humans spend 3 billion hours a week playing videogames. There are more than 2 million deaths per year due to global health diseases. Games are the best way to learn: EduSpot uses videogames with real medical images to learn about and fight global health diseases.