Welcome to the
Behavioral Informatics Center
The global scope and scale of behavioral and mental health care needs are staggering. There are immense gaps in our scientific understanding of these conditions as well as in our ability to reliably and efficiently diagnosing and delivering care at scale and economy. Engineering advances–notably those fueled by the confluence of sensing, imaging, wireless technologies, data sciences, machine learning and mathematical systems modeling–promise possibilities in creating profound impact in addressing these needs.
The Center on Behavioral Informatics at the University of Southern California aims to serve as a thought leader and a preeminent global interdisciplinary research and development hub that will design, create and apply innovative engineering methods, tools and systems in advancing the basic science in understanding the mechanisms of, and connections between, the brain-body-behavior systems and in building technologies in support of personalized screening, diagnostics and treatment of mental and behavioral health and well being.
The center will build upon the pioneering engineering advances and leadership at USC and its collaborators in realms such as imaging, body sensing and computing, behavioral signal processing and machine learning and human-centered informatics and their applications to a range of domains including Autism Spectrum Disorder, major depressive disorders, couple therapy, and addiction treatment. The Center will leverage and expand on the rich interdisciplinary partnerships already in place across various departments and schools at, and outside USC, and the portfolio of support from a diverse set of sponsors (NIH-NIDCD, NICHD, NIMH, NIAA; NSF; DoD; IARPA; Google; Simons).