PsychEng Seminar 2021 November 30: Dr. Laura E. Barnes, University of Virginia

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Sensing and Intervention for Smart Health and Wellbeing

Laura E. Barnes, Ph.D.
School of Engineering and Applied Science,
School of Data Science
University of Virginia

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Time: 12:05pm-1:30pm

Location: Zoom – Please register at the following link for Zoom meeting information:

Seminar abstract:

The upsurge in mobile and wearable wireless technologies capable of intense, longitudinal tracking of individuals, provide enormously valuable opportunities in health research. These technologies provide a cost-effective, scalable means to continuously and unobtrusively collect multiscale in situ data on human behavior such as where people spend their day, their social interactions, physical activity and many others. These data can then be used to help individuals to better understand the linkages between their behaviors and illness and to aid clinicians in developing optimized treatments and interventions. This talk will introduce how sensor-rich mobile devices can be used to monitor and understand health and wellbeing “in-the-wild”, and ultimately how these systems have implications for the targeted delivery of personalized interventions.

Speaker Biography:

Laura Barnes is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia in the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science and Data Science. She directs the Sensing Systems for Health Lab. Her research focuses on the design of intelligent systems for understanding the dynamics and personalization of health and well-being. Fusing computational methods with technology such as smartphones and wearables, her group studies how macro and micro-level human behaviors manifest in natural environments and how these behaviors relate to health. Her group’s technology and methods have been applied to chronic diseases such as anxiety, depression, cancer, infectious disease, and traumatic brain injury. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2008. Her work has been funded by the NIH, NSF, NASA, DARPA, US Army, and private foundations.

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