Edison Thomaz





I am a Research Assistant Professor in the ECE department at The University of Texas at Austin, with an appointment in the School of Information. I am a member of DICE and WNCG at ECE and the Intelligent Systems Group at the iSchool. My research focuses on computational methods towards sensing, recognizing and modeling the entire span of people's everyday life activities and context, from individual gestures to life patterns and routines. By enabling the measurement of human behaviors at a finely-grained level of detail and pairing them with bio-physiological signals obtained with environmental and wearable sensors, my work aims to provide a new technical foundation for applications and discoveries at the frontier of human health and behavior such as gene-environment interactions, predictive health from behavior markers, and personal health informatics. Prior to UT Austin, I received my Ph.D. in May 2016 in Human-Centered Computing from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. My advisors were Gregory Abowd and Irfan Essa.

I am currently looking for graduate students to join my new research group, which is exploring a variety of technical challenges at the intersection of wearable+ubiquitous computing, mobile health, human-computer intelligence and activity recognition. If you are currently a UT student, contact me by email; otherwise please consider applying to our graduate program.

Oct 17th, 2016

Attending the Texas Wireless Summit on the UT campus. It is an annual event organized by WNCG

Sept 12th, 2016

Week in Heidelberg for Ubicomp 2016

Aug 25th, 2016

Classes begin. Teaching EE382V Activity Sensing and Recognition

Jul 12th, 2016

Heading to Seattle for Microsoft Faculty Summit 2016

Jun 9th, 2016

Interested in applying mobile, wearable and ubiquitous computing towards activity perception? I am teaching EE382V Activity Sensing and Recognition in Fall 2016, a project-based class. More details soon.

May 28st, 2016

In Germany for the Ubicomp 2016 Program Committee Meeting.

May 18th, 2016

Two days in San Diego, CA for the annual QS Public Health Symposium.

May 6th, 2016

Last day of classes, Spring semester is nearly over.

Apr 24th, 2016

"Hierarchical Span-Based Conditional Random Fields for Labeling and Segmenting Events in Wearable Sensor Data Streams" was accepted to ICML 2016.

Apr 24th, 2016

"Semi-Automated Tracking: A Balanced Approach for Self-Monitoring Applications" was accepted to IEEE Pervasive Computing.

Jan 21st, 2016

Teaching INF385T Personal Informatics in the iSchool this semester. Focus on concepts, practical methods, visualization, data collection and more.

Jan 6th, 2016

First day at UT Austin. New office, colleagues and opportunities. Looking forward to 2016.

Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

ethomaz at utexas dot edu
Twitter: @ethomaz

Offices: UTA 7.231
1616 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701