Dr. Smith's research interests are in computational medicine and computer science education. Her interest in data flow and other massively parallel computer architectures led to an application of Petri nets in biological networks. She is interested in finding biomarkers in datasets of relatively invasive tests such as a biopsy or blood test, and seeking a version of the biological signal in less invasive tests, such as a breath test or cheek swab. Dr. Smith wishes to use her background as a CEO and entrepreneur to strengthen students’ self-confidence.
Dr. Smith is exploring the automation of recording patient vital signs in the ambulance environment.
Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University. She earned her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut in 2016.