Steve Intille

Prof. Stephen Intille– Research Group Director

Dr. Intille is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science and Health Sciences. 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. 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 transdiciplinary Ph.D. program in Personal Health Informatics and the mHealth research group. Read more…

Binod Thapa Chhetry

Binod Thapa Chhetry– Personal Health Informatics Ph.D. Student

Binod earned his M.S in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. After that he worked as a programmer analyst at Columbia University Medical Center before joining Northeastern. Binod is equally excited about recent advances in computing and mobile technology and behavioral and social psychology. By consolidating them, he aims to build interactive mobile health systems capable of ‘just-in-time’ tailored intervention to promote healthy behavior. He is currently focused on machine learning algorithms that learn behavior patterns and routines from a user’s sensor data. He is fortunate to be working on novel, challenging, relevant, and highly rewarding people-facing technology.


Aida Ehyaei– Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student

Aida Ehyaei is a Ph.D. candidate in computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. She earned her M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. Aida is currently working on real time monitoring and analysis of sleep using smartphones and actigraphy. She is interested in health technologies and personal health bioinformatics, measuring and improving sleep, machine learning, and data processing. She thinks that, in a few years, mobile technologies will revolutionize the public health care system.

Aditya Ponnada

Aditya Ponnada– Personal Health Informatics Ph.D. Student

Aditya is an industrial designer with two years of work experience as a UX researcher at Samsung Electronics. He is broadly interested in health behavior change, persuasive technologies, and human-computer-interaction. He aims to apply the principles of social psychology, communication theory and HCI to build personal health technologies that help end users make better health decisions. He believes that, in a few years, individuals will be able to take better control of their health with the power of mobile technologies.

Qu Tang

Qu Tang– Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student

Qu Tang is a Ph.D student in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA). His primary research interest is in mobile/pervasive computing, physical activity recognition and mobile sensing system design, especially in real-time sensor monitoring and activity recognition, human-in-loop/active learning and health data mining. He is applying engineering and computer science technologies to personal health monitoring, measurement and behavior intervention. Currently, he is working on a real-time physical activity measurement system. Previously, he worked on developing activity recognition algorithms using machine learning to detect smoking behavior and to detect motion patterns of children with autism. Qu Tang got his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern in 2013 and his B.E. degree in Opto-Electronics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 2010.

Dharam Maniar

Dharam Maniar– Computer and Information Science M.S. Student

Dharam is a MS student at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. He worked at Infosys as a systems engineer for 2.5 yrs after completing his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University. His belief is that technology should be used in making lives easier. He is interested in mobile and web development. He has previously worked on applications to gather survey information using Android Wear and is currently working on real time activity recognition using voice and location tracking. His aim is to develop applications that help people in their day to day lives.

Bhanu Jain

Bhanu Jain– Computer and Information Science M.S. Student

Bhanu is an electronics engineer with four years of experience at Accenture as a Senior Software Analyst. He believes that real-time monitoring and activity tracking are the only way to create smart and sustainable healthcare systems, which will have mobile as a critical component. He aims at studying behavioral patterns in a sensor-based environment in order to analyze and track multi-user activity. He is excited to see how healthcare is shifting from reactive to preventive and predictive while making users more informed and capable.

Rahul Verma

Rahul Verma– Computer and Information Science M.S. Student

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Is this you?

Is this you?– Outstanding Student

The mHealth group is recruiting students at all levels … and especially Ph.D. students. If you are thinking about graduate school and want to reinvent medicine, read more about getting involved.


Tony Lazenka

Tony Lazenka– Mobile App Developer

Tony Lazenka earned his MS in Computer Science at Northeastern University after earning a BA in Computer Science from Yale. Tony is working on mobile weight loss interventions using Android and iOS phones. He currently works at a Boston-area mHealth startup. Read more…

Dr. Fahd Albinali

Dr. Fahd Albinali– Co-Founder and CTO, QMedic

Dr. Fahd Albinali is the Founder and CTO of QMedic (previously EveryFit), an early stage mobile health startup that is collaborating with the mHealth Research Group. He was previously a Research Scientist with Dr. Intille at MIT. His research has focused on building and studying interactive, context-aware solutions for at-risk populations. His work has been published in academic venues including UbiComp, AAAI, CHI and PerCom and has received one best paper award. Dr. Albinali received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2008 working on activity recognition in domestic environments, a M.Sc. from the University of Arizona in 2002, and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo in 1999. Read more…

Dr. Andrea Mannini

Dr. Andrea Mannini– Former Visiting Ph.D. Student

Dr. Andrea Mannini is a postdoctoral fellow at the BioRobotics Institute, Pisa, Italy, where he completed his PhD. Previously he earned a M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering at University of Pisa, Italy. Andrea is collaborating with the mHealth group on human activity classification from wrist accelerometer data and is interested in machine learning methods for biomedical signal processing. Read more…

Caitlin Haynes

Caitlin Haynes– Transition Advocate at Boston Center for Independent Living

Caitlin Haynes completed her MPH from Northeastern university after earning a B.S. in Health Sciences from Boston University. Her MPH capstone research project involved testing a system designed to improve Ecological Momentary Assessment, using microinteractions and smartwatches. Caitlin continues to work with the group to publish results and extensions of this work. In her current job, she helps individuals with disabilities currently living in long term nursing or rehab facilities to access resources so they may live in the community independently. Read more…

Ingrid Villalta

Ingrid Villalta– Digital Media Designer

Ingrid Villalta has an MS degree in Digital Media from Northeastern University and a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica, with continuing studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Ingrid has done some graphic design for mHealth group mobile applications and VBH project.Read more…

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