Roger G. Mark is Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He received his SB and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital and then spent two years in the Medical Corps of the USAF studying the biological effects of laser radiation. He joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the faculty of the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1969. He has been active in teaching cardiovascular pathophysiology to HST students and quantitative physiology to undergraduate biomedical engineering students at MIT. Mark is a fellow of the IEEE and the American College of Cardiology, and a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He remains active in the practice of primary care internal medicine and geriatrics for 20 percent of his time, and is a senior physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Mark’s research activities include physiological signal processing and database development, cardiovascular modeling, and intelligent patient monitoring. Finally, Mark is investigating techniques to utilize the enormous volumes of clinical and physiologic data generated by patients in intensive care units in order to track and possibly predict their pathophysiological state. The techniques being explored include multi-parameter real-time signal processing, system identification and modeling, and expert systems. The goal is to solve the problem of information overload in the ICU, improve clinician-machine interface, decrease false alarm rates, and support clinical decision-making.