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Akane Sano

Visiting Scientist

Areas of Interest

Mobile Health, Affective Computing, Stress, Mental Health, Sleep


Akane Sano is a Visiting Scientist at People-Aware Computing Lab at Cornell University and a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab, Affective Computing Group. She will be joining Rice University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science in July 2018. 

Her research focuses on mobile health and affective computing. She has been working on measuring and understanding stress, sleep, mood and performance from ambulatory human long-term data and designing intervention systems to help people be aware of their behaviors and improve their health conditions. She completed her PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2015. Before she came to MIT, she worked for Sony Corporation as a researcher and software engineer on wearable computing, human computer interaction and personal health care. 


For a full publication, please see here.

A. Sano, P. Johns, M. Czerwinski, Designing Just-in-time Stress Intervention Delivery using Multi-modal Data, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), October 2017.

A. Sano*, W. Chen*, D. Lopez Martinez, S. Taylor, A. McHill, A. J. K. Phillips, L. Barger, E. B. Klerman, R. Picard, Multimodal Ambulatory Sleep Detection, the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, February 2017.

A. Sano, A. Z Yu, A. W. McHill, A. J. Phillips, S. Taylor, N. Jaques, C. Czeisler, E. B. Klerman, R. W. Picard, Prediction of Happy-Sad Mood from Daily Behaviors and Previous Sleep History, International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, Italy, August 2015.

A. Sano, A. J. Phillips, A. Z. Yu, A. W. McHill, S. Taylor, N. Jaques, C. A. Czeisler, E. B. Klerman, R. W. Picard, Recognizing Academic Performance, Sleep Quality, Stress Level, and Mental Health using Personality Traits, Wearable Sensors and Mobile Phones, Body Sensor Networks, Cambridge, USA, June 2015.

A. Sano, R. W. Picard, R. Stickgold, Quantitative analysis of wrist electrodermal activity during sleep, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Vol.94, No.3, p.382-9, December 2014.

A. Sano, R. W. Picard, Stress recognition using wearable sensors and mobile phones, The 5th biannual Humaine Association Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2013), Geneva, Switzerland, September 2013.