Andrew T. Campbell

Professor of computer science, Dartmouth College

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I am an experimental computer scientist working on ubiquitous computing. At Dartmouth, I co-direct the DartNets Lab (Dartmouth networking and ubiquitous systems) with Xia Zhou
. Previously, I led the smartphone sensing group.

My research is currently focused on turning the everyday smart phone into a cognitive phone by pushing intelligence to the phone and the computing cloud to make inferences about people's behavior, surroundings and their life patterns. I am  interested in using the mobile phone to sense, inform and persuade people, for example, about their health and well-being.  

Before joining Dartmouth computer science, I was  a tenured associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia  University (1996-2005). Prior to that I spent ten years in the software industry working on the development of operating  systems and wireless networks.  See my Google scholar profile for publications and h-index.

I live in Norwich, Vermont with my wife, Susan Zak, and our sons, Miles and Will.  

Office: Sudikoff 260; 


CS 65/165 Smartphone Programming

CS 69/169 Human Behavioral Computing

CS 50 Software Design and Implementation
CS 60 Computer Networks

CS 69/169 Seminar on Smartphone Sensing and Programming

CS 88/188 Clouds, Crowds and Phones - the new tech revolution underway


Google Faculty Research Award, 2014

Friedman Family Fellowship (Dartmouth College), 20009-2010

EPSRC Fellow (UK), Cambridge University, 2003-2004

NSF Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award, 1999-2003

IBM University Partnership Faculty Award, 1999

ATT Foundation Faculty Award, 1996

EPSRC Scholarship (UK), Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, 1994-1995


Failing students saved by stress-detecting app - our work on the StudentLife study at Dartmouth is featured in the New Scientist,  September 2014 - the article appeared in the printed version of NS under the headline "Phone in your feelings"

 We have publicly released the StudentLife dataset, September 2014

Our StudentLife paper has been nominated for best paper at UbiComp 2104, September 2014

New NSF NeTS grant on advancing virtual light communications and sensing with Xia Zhou, July 2014

   Smartphone App Keeps Watch Over Schizophrenic Patients, IEEE spectrum on our new NIH CrossCheck project, July 2014

  The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom (Dan Rockmore), New Yorker, June 2014

  Dartmouth Computer Science Students Forsake Robotics for Nanocopters, April 2014

  Students’ Nanocopters Take to the Air Above the Green, March 2014

Google Faculty Research Award with Xia Zhou, February 2014

CS 69/169 Human Behavioral Computing, winter 2013

New NIH EUREKA grant; see Harnessing the Power of Smartphones to Prevent Psychosis, November 2013

I won the "had to be said" session at ACM MobiCom 13 and that's Sharad Agarwal presenting me with the hottest wireless notepad on the market; MobiCom is a live and well BTW, superb talks, great demos and a lively crowd in Miami this year, September 2013.

  Higher Ed Adapts to the Mobile App Economy, (aired during NPR's mng edition)

David Kotz and I are hosting ACM MobiSyS 14 at the spectacular Mount Washington Resort. September 2013

Founded the DartNets Lab (Dartmouth networking and ubiquitous systems) with Xia Zhou, September 2013

I'm giving a keynote talk at the UbiComp 13 workshop on mobile systems for computational social science, September 2013

Using a Smartphone’s Eyes and Ears to Log Your Every Move, MIT Technology Review, July 2013

Microphones as sensors: Teaching old microphones new tricks, Economist, June 2013

MoodRhythm wins open mhealth challenge, June 2013

Dartmouth Biorhythm Project kicks off, April 2013

Biorhythm project monitors students, April 2013

I'm giving the keynote at IEEE SECON 13 on the rise of mobile sensing and the end of the smartphone era

2013 papers on CarSafe at MobiSys and unobtrusive sleep monitoring at Pervasive Health, March 2013

CS 65/165 Smartphone Programming - new  Android programming class Spring 2013

  Smartphone App Alerts Drowsy Drivers, December 2012

  Final report and recommendation from the NSF Sponsored Workshop on Pervasive Computing at Scale, November 2012

  Our paper on Visage: A Face Interpretation Engine for Smartphone Applications won the best paper award at the Fourth International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE), October 2012

   App Crams Driver Aids Into Android Phone, October 2012

  Our CarSafe App was featured in the New Scientist: Lane-keeping app makes any car smarter and demonstrated at  UbiComp in September, 2012

Other press coverage of  CarSafe: CBS's smartplanet, networkwold, gizmag, msn September, 2012

I'm Technical Program Co-Chair of the PervasiveHealth conference, Venice, May 5-8, 2013 -- please submit a paper/demo

  Smartphone that feels your strain - our work on the StressSense App for smartphones, which infers stress from speech is featured in the New Scientist, August, 2012 -  a paper on StressSense will be presented at ACM UbiComp in September, 2012

  Voice-Stress Software Is Put to the Test, PhysOrg and ACM Tech, August 2012

  3 Next-Gen Apps for the Stressed-Out Urbanite Cities, The Atlantic Cities, August 2012

From Smart to Cognitive Phones,  Pervasive Computing Magazine, June 2012

  A demo of our CarSafe app, June 2012

  Completed my 10th marathon. Started back in 1997. New York (3), Stowe (2), Shakespeare (1) and Vermont (4) -- now what?, June 2012

  New UbiComp 2012 paper on StressSense - Detecting Stress in Unconstrained Acoustic Environments using Smartphones, May 2012

We released BeWell App on Google Play - here is a demo of how it works, May 2012

  2 HotMobile papers that grabbed us: WalkSafe and SpinLoc, Networld, March 2012

Joint work with Tanzeem Choudhury (Cornell) on stress form speech and the BeWell App in the NYTimes Magazine article on The Little Voice in Your Head, January 2012

“How are you feeling Android?”, 13th Meeting Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), San Diego, January, 2012
CS 69/169 Smartphone Sensing and Programming, winter 2012

  Texting While Walking Draws Safety Concerns — And An App, WGBH Boston aired a feature (audio included) on our WalkSafe App during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered shows, December 20

Discovey Channel's Daily Planet  aired a piece on WalkSafe (5 minutes into the show),  November 29

 Smart-Phone App Warns Pedestrians of Oncoming Cars, MIT Technology Review, November 2011

  Phone App For Distracted Pedestrians Detects When You're About to Get Hit By a Car, Popular Science, November 2011

 Safely Cross the Street With An App That Watches For Traffic, Gizmodo, November 2011

  WalkSafe Android App Helps you Walk Safe, Mobile World, November 2011

  New App Actually Alerts Texting Walkers they're about to get Hit by a Car,  The Blaze, November 2011

 WalkSafe: Early Warning App Tries to Keep You from Getting Run Over, technabob , November 2011

WalkSafe App Keeps you from Strolling into Traffic, GadgetBox, November 2011

Fast Company's Co.Exist  reports on our work on the BeWell App for smartphones: Get Some Therapy From An App That Reads Your Feelings Through Your Voice, November 2011

 CBS News Sunday Morning  Neural Phone is featured as part of the cover story on The next step in bionics aired on CBS, October 2011 

2011 papers on smartphone sensing published in UbiComp, Pervasive, ICDM and Pervasive Health.

I'm Technical Program Co-Chair of the 10th  ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys)

Our work on the Neural Phone is featured in the NYTimes Magazine article on The Cyborg in us all, [pdf] [demo] September 2011

 UbiComp 2011 Our paper on Community Similarity Networks (CSN) was nominated for the best paper (5 out of 300) award  
I finished my 9th marathon (one more to go then I'm done), May 2011

Future Lab: Context Aware Computing (interview), April  2011

Interview on the IT conversation network about smartphone sensing, January 2011

The eyes have it, [pdf] Communications of ACM, December 2010

 Tanzeem Choudhury develops cellphone apps to track our health, EarthSky, November 2010

 Diane Cook (WSU), Shwetak Patel (UW), Roy Want (Intel Labs) and I are organizing an NSF Sponsored Workshop on Pervasive Computing at Scale, Seattle, January 27-28, 2011

 Nokia toys with context-aware smartphone settings switch, Jigsaw provides better context for apps like this, Engadget, November 2010

 Smartphone app monitors your every move, New Scientist, November 2010

2010 papers on smartphone sensing published in UbiComp, Pervasive, ACM MobiSys, ACM SenSys and AAAI

 Jie Liu (MSR) and I organized a workshop on Sensing for App Phones (PhoneSense) collocated with SenSys,  November 2, 2o1o

  The NeuroPhone, The Atlantic, September 2010

New NSF EAGER grant on "Brain-Mobile Interfaces: Exploratory Research into the Development of Networked NeuroPhones" with Tanzeem Choudhury and Rajeev Raizada, September 2010

 Share Information to Boost Cellphone Performance, New Scientist, June 2010

  EyePhone: New Cellphone Software Tracks Users' Eye Movements For Control, Popular Science, May 2010

Eye Tracking for Mobile Control, MIT Technology Review, May 2010

 Mobile Phone Mind Control, MIT Technology Review, April 2010

smartphone sensing apps

We started to develop smartphone sensing apps in 2006; here are a few of the apps we have developed -- a key constant is exploiting embedded sensors and pushing learning to the phone to build new behavioral apps. Check out the video demonstrators and survey.

NeuroPhone: can a thought drive a phone?

WalkSafe: can a smartphone watch your back?

CarSafe:  simultaneously watches for distracted driving inside the car and dangers outside the car

BeWell: first continuous sensing well-being app -- automatically learns your sleep, activity and conservation patterns and provides feedback

SoundSense: learns the sounds in your life

EyePhone: first eye driven phone interface for mobile phones

CenceMe: first continuous and automatic social sensing app for smartphones

keynote talks

"BioRhythm Study: A term in the life of a Dartmouth Class", at the UbiComp 13 workshop on mobile systems for computational social science, Zurich, September 2013

"Rise of mobile sensing and the end of the smartphone era", IEEE Conference on Sensing, Communications and Networking (SECON), New Orleans, June 2013

"My phone told me I'm stressed and should go for a run", EPSRC-funded Cross-Disciplinary Research Conference, London, October 9-10, 2012.

“Smartphone Sensing for the Masses”,
ACM Eye Tracking Research & Applications Symposium (ETRA 2012), Santa Barbara,  March 28-30, 2012

“How are you feeling Android?”, Pre-Conference Workshop on Using Smartphones as Mobile Sensing Devices: A Practical Guide for Psychologists to Current and Potential Capabilities, Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP),
San Diego, January 26-28, 2012

“Smartphone Sensing for the Masses”, Eighth Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous), Copenhagen, December 6-8, 2011

“After Smartphones, Cognitive Phones: Enabling Behavioral Applications and Networks”, EPSRC Workshop on Social Sensing: Mobile Sensing meets Social Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, March 17, 2011

“Mobile Phone Sensing is the Next Big Thing!”, ACM Workshop on Mobile Opportunistic Networking (MobiOpp 2010), Pisa, Italy, February 22-23, 2010

“People-Centric Sensing and the Rise of the Global Mobile Sensor Network”, SENIOT: From Sensor Networks to Networked Intelligent Objects, Bertinoro International Center for Informatics (BiCi), International CONET Summer School, Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena), Italy, July 26 - August 1, 2009

 “After Motes and Multihop: Mobile Phones and the Global Mobile Sensor Network”, 7th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom), Galveston, March 9-13, 2009

“The Rise of People-Centric Sensing”, 10th International Conference of Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN), Hyderabad, India, January 3-6, 2009

“The Rise of People-Centric Sensing”, BCS Visions in Computer Science, London, Imperial College, London September 22-24, 2007

“MetroSense: People-Centric Sensing at Scale”, 2nd Annual European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context (EuroSSC 2007), Lancaster, UK, October 23-25, 2007