Arlene Oetomo

PhD Candidate
Arlene Oetomo

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Arlene is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo. She completed a BSc in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2018. As a climate and public health researcher, she uses smart home technologies for in-home health behaviour monitoring via IoT and smart home technologies (like smart thermostats), focusing on the impacts of extreme heat events (heat waves) on underserved communities.

She’s also exploring using Generative AI for public health applications to fight infodemics and extreme weather events, while advocating for climate justice and ensuring equitable access to safe digital and physical spaces for all.

During the start of the Pandemic, she advised the development of a contact tracing app called Covid Watch. She previously worked on the ConnectingGTA project, a regional electronic health record system led by the University Health Network. Her other experiences include a semester abroad in Bordeaux, France, working at a medical research software company in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and leading a health records project at Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

Research interests

  • Climate crisis
  • Infodemics
  • Internet of Things
  • Climate Justice


BSc Health Studies, Minor Gerontology - University of Waterloo