Weekly Meeting - Research Opportunities: Measuring and Modeling Health Behavior

  • Posted on: 14 October 2014
  • By: admin

What: Research Opportunities: Measuring and Modeling Health Behavior
Where: 308 Snell Engineering
Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Much of health relates to everyday health-related behaviors, and yet our tools for measuring behavior and decision making are still primitive. Mobile phones are increasingly capable of sophisticated, real-time information processing using internal sensors in the phone, such as accelerometers and GPS, and external sensors that communicate with phones using wireless networks. This computational capability can be used to create new health behavior measurement and intervention tools. I will discuss some of the new research opportunities in the area of behavior measurement and understanding that might support the development of persuasive, personal health informatics technologies that provide tailored, longitudinal, “just-in-time” information to support health and wellness.

Short bio:
Stephen Intille, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity.

Dr. Intille received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1999 working on computational vision at the MIT Media Laboratory, an S.M. from MIT in 1994, and a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He has published research on computational stereo depth recovery, real-time and multi-agent tracking, activity recognition, perceptually-based interactive environments, and technology for healthcare. Dr. Intille has been principal investigator on sensor-enabled health technology grants from the NSF, the NIH, foundations, and industry. After ten years as Technology Director of the House_n Research Consortium at MIT, in 2010 he joined Northeastern University to help establish a new transdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Personal Health Informatics.