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Laura Barnes - mobile health, machine learning, using computational tools to understand human behavior

Category: 
Science & Engineering
Department: 
Systems & Information Engineering
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Laura Barnes
Research Focus: 

I direct the Sensing Systems for Health Lab which focuses on understanding the dynamics and personalization of health and well-being through mobile sensing and analytics. My research has focused on deciphering how macro and micro-level human behaviors manifest in the wild and to understand how such behaviors relate to our health and well-being. To accomplish this goal my research group has focused on the design of novel platforms for mobile sensing to collect data and deliver health interventions in the wild. Our systems have been deployed for monitoring depression, social anxiety, post-surgical recovery.

Position Description: 

Students will get engaged in all phases of research including reading papers, performing literature reviews, etc. Each undergraduate research will assist a graduate student with a project helping with study design, carry out a study, and/or analyzing data from one of my lab's studies.

Required Skills: 

introduction to programming, probability and statistics

Training/Certification: 
CITI IRB training - http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/irb/hsr/citi.html
What will you learn: 

'-understand the research process
-how to perform interdisciplinary, collaborative work
-how to apply tools from engineering / computer science / data science to a new problem area

Specialization: 
mobile health, machine learning, using computational tools to understand human behavior