Star Trek, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE & the Future of Medicine

June 2, 2018

With Qualcomm XPRIZE Tricorder Prize winner Basil Harris, Robert Picardo (actor, Emergency Medical Hologram, Star Trek: Voyager), and Dr. Rusty Kallenberg, Chairman of Family Medicine and Director of the UCSD XPRIZE Test Program 

June 2, 2018
Liebow Auditorium
UC San Diego
Free and open to the public; RSVP here
Artificial intelligence is already impacting healthcare is numerous ways. Are we far from the future portrayed in Star Trek: Voyager, of an AI holographic doctor with encyclopedic medical knowledge? What are the pathways that will yield the most profound results for AI in medicine? And what are the ethical and regulatory issues we need to consider as we develop these technologies?
Hosted by Erik Viirre, associate director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Medical Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, The Future of Medicine is an exploration of these questions and more, as they impact the UC San Diego innovation ecosystem and beyond. Our master of ceremonies is Robert Picardo, actor and star of Star Trek: Voyager, where he left a cultural impact as the face of AI medicine as the Emergency Medical Hologram, known as “The Doctor.” Basil Harris, founder of Basil Leaf Technologies and winner of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to develop a real-world Tricorder-like medical device, will share his experience developing DextER, an autonomous medical diagnostic device, and the future of this pathway for innovation. And leaders from UC San Diego, including Dr. Rusty Kallenberg (Chairman of Family Medicine and Director of the UCSD XPRIZE Test Program), Ramesh Rao (Director, Qualcomm Institute), Henrik Christensen (Director, Contextual Robotics Institute), and Laurel Riek (Director, Healthcare Robotics Lab), will join a panel on artificial agents in medical technology development.
The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Test Program was hosted at the USCD Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), now the world leading center for evaluation of Mobile Health systems.


The Liebow Auditorium is located in the Biomedical Science Building at the School of Medicine on the UCSD campus. As there is no physical address, please see directions below.

From Interstate 5:

  • Exit La Jolla Village drive.
  • If northbound, turn LEFT at off-ramp. If southbound, turn RIGHT.
  • At the first stop light turn right onto Villa La Jolla drive and go up the hill (staying in the left lane).
  • You will pass the VA Medical Center on the right.
  • At the second stop light, drive straight ahead into the Gilman parking structure.
  • Purchase a parking permit from machine. ($1.00/hour and takes credit cards).
  • Start walking out of the parking structure to the right towards Meyers drive.
  • Cross Gilman drive and head towards the Basic Science Building.
  • Liebow Auditorium is in the Basic Science Building on the 2nd floor.