Professor Agu's research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare. In collaboration with researchers at WPI and at UMass Medical School, he is currently working on NIH-funded research project to create a mobile application for chronic wound care management for patients with lower extremity and pressure ulcers. He is also working on a DARPA research project to use smartphone data and machine/deep learning to sense Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and infectious diseases early. He is also working on using machine learning and deep learning to sense when smartphone users are too drunk to drive in order to alert them. His research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, DARPA, the US department of education, US Army Research Labs, Google, Nvidia and AMD.
The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI and the University of Massachusetts Lowell partnering to award more than $111,000 in seed funding to six different teams, focusing on work ranging from human-robot collaboration to cancer detection and rehabilitation for stroke patients.
Channel 3 aired a story about DARPA funded work by computer science professors Emmanuel Agu and Elke Rundensteiner to develop a smartphone app to help assess the health of soldiers.