Computational Behavior Science Summer Institute


The NSF-sponsored Expeditions project on Computational Behavior Science is hosting an 11-day summer institute on Computational Behavior Science intended to introduce computing researchers to the opportunities of developing tools to support the quantitative and objective measurement of human behavior. The Expeditions team has focused on the challenges related to autism and developmental disabilities, and we are developing tools and techniques for gathering and analyzing data in laboratory and natural environments. This initial summer institute is hosted by one of our close collaborating partners, the Center for Discovery, where we have installed a unique laboratory to gather multisensory data in a live classroom environment. Students and faculty involved in this summer institute will work closely to better understand the challenges and opportunities of computational behavior science in this domain, working on data that has been collected over the past year. In addition, attendees will receive first hand experience in interacting with this fascinating population of individuals in a unique and warm environment.

Course Description

    The institute will include lectures as well as hands-on projects using existing tools for manipulating and analyzing computer video, speech and physiological signals. These lectures and projects will all be situated in the context of data collected within the Expeditions project both at Georgia Tech and at the Center for Discovery.


  • May 29, 2012 - June 8, 2012


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  • The Center for Discovery, Inc. is a not-for-profit, nationally known provider of educational, health and residential services for children and adults with significant disabilities and medical frailties, including a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center offers individuals – and their families – innovative educational, clinical, social, creative arts and recreational experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment.
  • The Center is located on a multi-campus setting in the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County, New York just 90 minutes northwest of New York City. Follow this link to identify the location using Google Map.
  • Big Barn Discovery School - Advancing Research in Response to the Intervention of Autism and other Disabilities

Travel Information

Airports Surrounding The Center for Discovery + Driving Distance to The Center

  • White Plains, NY ~ 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Newburgh, NY ~ 45 minutes

  • Scranton, PA ~ 1 hour 45 minutes

Shuttle service from The Center for Discovery will be coordinated to accommodate transportation for those who are able to fly during certain times. Stephanie Tofighi will send out additional information to those students who register.

Institute Faculty

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Emory University

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Image description Rosalind Picard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Image description Matthew Goodwin

Northeastern University

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Image description Atsushi Nakazawa

Osaka Universityr

Image description Irfan Essa

Georgia Institute of Technology

Image description Thomas Ploetz

Newcastle University

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Georgia Institute of Technology


    The registration fee to attend full time is $449.95. This fee will cover all of the following for the length of the school including weekends.

  • Transportation between The Center for Discovery and the nearest airport
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Registration has now been closed since the maximum capacity of participants has been reached.

Institute Agenda

    You can access the agenda for the two weeks of the Institute by clicking here