DCL: SaTC: Early-Stage Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Privacy Enhancing Framework to Advance Behavior Models

Project: Research project

Description

Combining behavioral theories with technological advances may help individuals live longer, improve
their quality of life, and reduce their health care costs. This new approach will advance how we build
behavioral models in two ways. First, it will provide researchers with a cost-effective customizable (worn
on the chest, shoulder or wrist) privacy preserving wearable camera. Second, by leveraging the sensing,
computing and networking capability of smart devices, our system can provide behavior model validation
and timely, in-the-moment user feedback, which will allow participants to more effectively self-manage
their behaviors and allow clinicians to personalize treatment with greater precision in order to maximize
efficacy. This new mobile sensing system for behavioral model development is low-cost, highlyaccessible,
and extremely agile towards the study of a wide spectrum of behaviors (e.g. binge-eating,
smoking, consumer behavior, and human-environment interaction). The specific case study in this project
can serve as examples for how to build behavioral models of overeating to promote effective treatment,
which can improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. We will conduct a workshop on
Northwestern?s campus to demonstrate the use of the camera, and the associated suite of tools. The
workshop will be geared towards behaviorists in medicine, economics, psychology, and other fields,
increasing the potential for adoption and impact of the proposed work.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date6/15/195/31/21

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (CNS-1915847)

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Costs
Cameras
Consumer behavior
Health care
Medicine
Feedback
Economics