Manasa Kalanadhabhatta

Ph.D. Candidate, College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

I am an M.S./Ph.D. student in the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. I am advised by Profs. Deepak Ganesan and Tauhidur Rahman as part of the MOSAIC Lab. My research interests lie at the intersection of ubiquitous sensing, human computer interaction, and machine learning for applications in health and wellbeing.

I use sensor data and behavioral markers from wearable and ubiquitous devices to develop novel multimodal methods for sensing cognitive wellbeing. My past work has examined the relationship between sleep, activity, and cognitive performance. My dissertation research focuses on human-centered development and evaluation of scalable mental health screening tools for young children.

During my Ph.D., I have had the opportunity to intern at Meta Reality Labs and at Nokia Bell Labs. Previously, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Shiv Nadar University, India and spent a semester as a visiting research student at Singapore Management University.


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Sep 2022 New paper on Extracting Multimodal Embeddings via Supervised Contrastive Learning for Psychological Screening accepted to ACII 2022 – check out the preprint.
Jul 2022 Our paper on EarlyScreen, a system for early childhood psychopathology screening, is now published at IMWUT! Read a short summary or watch the teaser video here.
Apr 2022 I’ll be spending my summer as a research intern with the CTRL team at Meta Reality Labs in New York City.
Nov 2021 Preliminary results from my internship work with Nokia Bell Labs have been accepted to PervasiveHealth 2021! Check it out here or explore our publicly available dataset.
Jun 2021 This summer, I will be working as a Research Intern at Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK!
May 2021 Passed my portfolio - officially a Ph.D. candidate now!
Mar 2021 I’ll be attending the 2021 CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women on April 23 and 24.
Feb 2021 Join us (virtually) for the inaugural Voices of Data Science Conference at UMass Amherst on February 19th and 20th! We have an exciting speaker lineup and multiple interactive sessions.
Jan 2021 Our paper on the effect of sleep and physiological measures on cognitive performance has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research!.
Jan 2020 I’ll be returning as the TA for CS328 (Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics) this Spring!
Oct 2019 I’ll be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration from 2-4 October in Orlando, FL! I’m also volunteering as a Hopper. Say hi if you’re around!
Jul 2019 I was awarded the Lori A. Clarke Scholarship in Computer Science from CICS, UMass Amherst.
Jun 2019 I’m helping run the UMass Turing program for local high-schoolers this summer. Follow us on Twitter!
Sep 2018 This Fall, I will be a Teaching Assistant for CS328: Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics, taught by Prof. Deepak Ganesan.
Aug 2018 Come September, I’ll be joining the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst as an M.S./Ph.D. student!