BU Computer Scientist Wins Grant to Measure Children’s Behavior

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Science & Technology
September 23rd, 2010

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science Professor and Department Chair Stanley Sclaroff is a principal investigator on a team that has won one of three National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing awards.

Each award will be for five years and up to $10 million. Sclaroff’s team’s project is titled “Computational Behavioral Science: Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization of Social and Communicative Behavior.”

Sclaroff and his colleagues will use the award to develop novel computing techniques for measuring and analyzing the behavior of children. These technologies will be used to enable new approaches for identifying children at risk for autism and other developmental delays. In addition, these methods may potentially improve the delivery and evaluation of treatment.

The team is a collaboration of five universities: BU, Georgia Tech, USC, MIT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Carnegie Mellon University. The schools will share the total grant of up to $10 million over five years. The Expeditions in Computing program supports “fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information.”

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