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

Project: Research project

Project Details


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.
Effective start/end date6/15/195/31/22


  • National Science Foundation (CNS-1915847)


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