InSIGHT Biography of a SIGHT Volunteer – Paula Muller, PhD

Posted on behalf of the New Jersey Coast Section SIGHT Group

This In SIGHT feature highlights Paula Muller, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, Humanitarian and SIGHT Volunteer. Paula has been involved with IEEE NJ Coast Section PACE SIGHT Group since the very beginning. She is a leader, inspired innovator, and role model making significant ongoing contributions to the community locally and globally including but not limited to: Sociavi (her company), IEEE HAC Event, ‘Hear, Here!,’ IEEE SIGHT Project, ‘Do Good Things: Justice for All,’ improving communication for those with hearing loss, PACE SIGHT ‘Inventing Your Future,’ collaboration helping people become Inventors, IEEE Women’s History Month Roundtable at Stevens Institute of Technology, and more.

Paula Muller, Founder of Sociavi, has a lifelong passion for technology applied to healthcare, starting with her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in Chile working with people who are blind, then her work in Switzerland analyzing EEGs to prevent epileptic seizures, followed by her Ph.D. and Post-doc work at Rutgers with Parkinson patients, and later at Authentidate with Telehealth products and services. Paula is Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Training (CADDCT) and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and volunteers as bilingual Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The concept of Sociavi evolved from her professional background as well as her strong commitment to family relations and lifetime connections. Thus SOCIAVI was born, meaning in Latin to “share” and “unite”, with the goal of keeping those aging in place and their families connected and closer together. Our specifically designed, touch screen communication device, the Sociavi C2M (Connect To Me), provides the users with a “small appliance”, that is simple to operate and easily integrates into their daily life. Simplicity is the Cornerstone of Sociavi: No Login, No Password, No Username, No Account Setup. Just a 13 inch screen hands free device simple to navigate along with an array of brain fitness activities that stimulate and soothe the mind.

Paula and her company were awarded two patents from the USPTO in 2020 on the methods and devices for a Communication System for Use with Protected Persons. IEEE SIGHT Volunteer Graham C. Alig, Patent Agent, worked closely with Paula to achieve these goals.

In 2019, Paula partnered with Kat Verdi, whose primary roles are Visual Content, Business & Community Development. Kat has over 10 years of tenure working with geriatric healthcare including senior living. She is Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Training (CADDCT) and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) facilitates and serves as a sound resource for caregivers and aging adults.

Together we are proud to give Peace of Mind to families and caregivers through our Sociavi C2M that allows families to connect with their Loved Ones Far, Near, Simply and Globally.