Rice University

Computational Wellbeing Group


• Design technologies for measuring and improving health and wellbeing.

• Understand relationships between human behaviors and physiology with health and wellbeing through human data analytics.

We are a highly interdisciplinary team: data science, machine learning, behavioral science, mobile and ubiquitous computing, physics and human computer interaction. We study non-clinical populations (e.g., college students, office workers) as well as clinical populations (e.g. patients with depression, schizophrenia, substance use disorders) in collaboration with researchers in psychology, psychiatry, sleep and circadian disorders, engineering and behavioral science.


[June, 2019] Luis got NSF NRT Bioelectronics Fellowship. Congratulations!

[May, 2019] Best Paper Award at IEEE Biomedical Health Informatics 2019 in Chicago.

[May, 2019] Our team received Rice University’s InterDisciplinary Excellence Awards to start a new project Fostering Positive Emotions and Psycho-Physio Resilience in Job Seekers and Beyond with Profs. King and Denny at Department of Psychological Sciences.

[April, 2019] Our team received Rice University’s Faculty Initiatives Fund to start a new project CityHealth: Measuring Mental Wellbeing of Houston to Empower City-scale Emotional Resilience and Preparedness for Adverse Weather Events.

[April, 2019] Han Yu got 2019 IBB Edgar O’Rear and Mary F.D. Morse Travel Award. Congrats!

[March, 2019] Our papers: "Personalized Wellbeing Prediction using Behavioral, Physiological and Weather Data" and "Improving Students' Daily Life Stress Forecasting using LSTM Neural Networks" are accepted to present at IEEE-EMBS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATICS (BHI’19) in May 2019

[March, 2019] Organize a Method session "Mobile and ubiquitous emotion sensing" at 2019 Society of Affective Science annual conference

[January, 2019] Do Workplace Wellness Programs Really Work?, MIT Sloan Management Review, 1/2019

If you are interested in joining our group,

[Prospective Students] Please check admission websites at Rice ECE or CS depending on your background and include Prof. Sano's name and your interest in your research statement.

[Rice undergrad/grad Students] Please email Prof. Sano with your interest and resume.

[Post-docs] Please email Prof. Sano with your interest and CV.

Rice has a postdoc fellowship program for highly competitive applicants which offer substantial independence.

The Rice Academy of Fellows provides a $60,000 salary for 2 years for a cohort of postdoctoral scholars in departments across campus. Applications for the 2019 cycle are due on January 3, 2019.