My research interests are in modeling human behavior using large-scale mobile phone sensor data, and applied machine learning and data mining. I recently defended my PhD Thesis, in modeling diffusion of social opinions and behaviors in face-to-face networks , with Prof. Alex Pentland at the Human Dynamics group at the MIT Media Lab.
My past research was around building perceptual, 'socially-aware' mobile devices to help measure social signals. By modeling vocal tone and prosody, we were able to predict interest, engagement and object outcomes of conversations, dates, tourist experiences and job interviews.
I've been involved as co-founder in early-stage, MIT-affiliated startups related to my work. I've received honors from the MIT 100k Competition and the MIT Enterprise Forum for various startup-related ideas. In a past life, I was a technical program manager for Windows Mobile 6.x.
- Pervasive Sensing to Model Political Opinions in Face-to-Face Networks (in review)
- Social Sensing for Epidemiological Behavior Change (Nominated for Best paper at Ubicomp 2010)
- PhD Thesis: Modeling Opinions & Behaviors in Face-to-Face Networks
Some Potentially Interesting Videos:
- Recent Research talk @ Future of Networks Conference 2009 (15 minutes)
- Recent Elevator Pitch @ 100k EPC Finals, 2009 (90 seconds)
- BBC National News feature on modeling tourist behavior (3 minutes, older work)