Bio

Ph.D., Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Copenhagen M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Science, Shahid Bahonar University Kerman, Iran

My research is at the intersection of health, mobile and ubiquitous computing, AI, and HCI. I work on computational modeling of human behavior (incl. Activity Recognition) from data streams collected through mobile, wearable, and embedded sensors. Examples of my work in the health domain include detection of behavior change in people with depression, predicting mania-depression episodes in bipolar disorder, estimation of symptom severity in cancer patients, and modeling of surgical activities inside the operating room.

I also work on intelligent applications for social good. My recent work in Context-aware Peer-to-Peer economic exchange is focused on connecting communities of people through mobile technology to enable successful and meaningful service transactions, especially in low-income communities. In my research, I draw on methods from Machine Learning, Data Mining, Statistics, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Research Interests

  • Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing
  • AI, Machine Learning, Data Mining
  • Intelligent Human-Centered Computing
  • Smart Health and Smart Cities

Selected Publications

  • Identifying Symptoms Using Technology. In: Moreno M., Radovic A. (eds) Technology and Adolescent Mental Health. Springer, Cham, 2018.
  • Jakob Bardram, Afsaneh Doryab, and Sofiane Gueddana. Activity-Based Computing, Metaphors, and Technologies for Distributed User Interfaces. In Distributed User Interfaces, Human-Computer Interaction Series 2011, pp 67-74. Springer, 2011.
  • Afsaneh Doryab, Victoria Bellotti, Alaaeddine Yousfi, Shuobi Wu, John M. Carroll, and Anind K. Dey. If It’s Convenient: Leveraging Context in Peer-to-Peer Variable Service Transaction Recommendations. In the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile,

Featured Grants & Projects

  • NSF-IIS-1816687: Computational Modeling of Human Rhythms to Improve Health and Quality of Life


    According to recent research, balance is a significant contributor to health and well-being. Health challenges are associated with work and personal imbalances, in the form of overload, that exceed human capacity to manage their own natural pace. Part of these overloads is due to the imposition of activities and mistimed or incompatible demands on biological and psychological needs, or lack of attention to synchronization or receptivity of mental and physical states when meeting work and life demands. Advice about life management and health is often generic (for example, have 8 hours of sleep a day) rather than tailored to individual lifestyles. This research proposes to improve health and wellbeing in individuals through awareness of their personal rhythms, which are repeated cycles of internal and external events including biological, mental, social, and environmental. The investigators seek to design and evaluate a data analytic and modeling method to make people aware of what they could be doing at any given time to align with their biological clock and to achieve high performance in daily life and work without burning out or developing stress-related disorders. The research provides an intelligent platform for collecting longitudinal data and modeling human rhythms to enable detection of current, and prediction of future states in each rhythm to provide optimal action recommendations and interventions. The work leverages advances in wearable devices, sensing technology, and online sources to proactively collect and analyze physiological, psychological, behavioral, social, and environmental data to identify personal rhythms, to explore their relationship to positive physical, mental, and behavioral outcomes, and to provide people with tools to reason about these relationships and to improve outcomes. In addition to advancing the state of the art in modeling rhythmic patterns, the research will demonstrate the impact of rhythm-aware technology in changing people?s perceptions and behavior and directing them towards a more balanced and successful life. The integration of personal rhythms in the daily lives of individuals will transform societal activities and the overall performance of people and contributes to creating a healthier society.

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  • Campus Life, Assessment of Student Health and Success


    A cross-institution collaboration with multiple universities incl. Georgia Tech, Cornell, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Washington to assess students health and performance from passive mobile data. Led two semester-long data collection studies with 450 undergraduate students at CMU.

  • Context-aware Peer to Peer Exchange


    An NSF funded project in collaboration with Penn State University and PARC to connect people in communities and help them exchange services and resources through a context-aware mobile infrastructure. NeighborGenie App for transportshare: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neighborgenie/id1168767544?mt=8