Stephen Intille, PhD

Associate Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Department of Health Sciences

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Office: 924 177


Phone: 617.373.3711

Prof. Intille’s research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity. Prof. Intille has published research on computational stereo depth recovery, real-time and multi-agent tracking, activity recognition, perceptually-based interactive environments, and technology for healthcare. He has been principal investigator on sensor-enabled health technology grants from the NSF, the NIH, foundations, and industry. After ten years as Technology Director of the House_n Research Consortium at MIT, in 2010 he joined Northeastern University to help establish a transdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Personal Health Informatics at Northeastern.


PhD, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 1999

MS, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 1994

BSE, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Research Interests:

Personal health informatics, mobile health, ubiquitous computing, behavioral science, human-computer interaction


DS 2001 (Programming with Data – Health Practicum)
HINF 5300 (Personal Health Interfaces Design and Development)
PHTH 5228 (Advances In Measuring Behavior)

Selected Recent Publications

F. Dunton, A. J. Rothman, A. M. Leventhal, and S. S. Intille, “How intensive longitudinal data can stimulate advances in health behavior maintenance theories and interventions,” Translational Behavioral Medicine, In press.

John, Q. Tang, F. Albinali, and S. S. Intille, “A monitor-independent movement summary to harmonize accelerometer data processing,” Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, (in press).

P.-H. Lin, S. Grambow, S. Intille, J. Gallis, T. Lazenka, H. Bosworth, C. Voils, G. Bennett, B. Batch, J. Allen, L. Corsino, C. Tyson, and L. Svetkey, “The association between engagement and weight loss through personal coaching and cell phone interventions in young adults: Randomized controlled trial,” JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol. 6, p. e10471, 2018.

  1. Ponnada, C. Haynes, D. Maniar, J. Manjourides, and S. Intille, “Microinteraction ecological momentary assessment response rates: Effect of microinteractions or the smartwatch?,” Proc. of the ACM Journal on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technology, vol. 1, 2017.
  2. Spruijt-Metz, E. Hekler, N. Saranummi, S. Intille, I. Korhonen, W. Nilsen, D. Rivera, B. Spring, S. Michie, D. Asch, A. Sanna, V. Salcedo, R. Kukakfa, and M. Pavel, “Building new computational models to support health behavior change and maintenance: New opportunities in behavioral research,” Translational Behavioral Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 335-46, 2015.

Selected Public Service

IEEE Pervasive Computing Associate Editor in Chief and Editorial Board

PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) Associate Editor

Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour Associate Editor

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