HealthComp Lab

Computing for healthcare and wellbeing, human-centered computing

Director: Prof. Gang Zhou

Current students:

  1. Kenneth Koltermann (Ph.D. student)
  2. Johnny Clapham (Ph.D. student)
  3. Minglong Sun (Ph.D. student)
  4. Collin MacDonald (Master/Ph.D. student)
  5. Francis Adams (Master student)
  6. Matthew Chen (undergraduate student)
  7. Catesby Pinney (undergraduate student)
  8. Xinyu Chen (undergraduate student)

Past students:


  1. Woosub Jung, Ph.D., May 2023, Dissertation TItle: Learning-based Ubiquitous Sensing for Solving Real-world Problems, initial placement at Towson University as an Assistant Professor
  2. Amanda Watson, Ph.D., May 2020, Dissertation Title: Wearable Technology for Healthcare and Athletic Performance, initial placement at University of Pennsylvania, incoming Assistant Professor at University of Virginia
  3. Shuangquan Wang, Ph.D., May 2020, Dissertation Title: Dietary Monitoring through Sensing Mastication Dynamics, initial placement at Salisbury University as an Assistant Professor
  4. Yongsen Ma, Ph.D., January 2020, Dissertation Title: Improving WiFi Sensing and Networking with Channel State Information, initial placement at Bosch Research, Sunnyvale, CA
  5. Hongyang Zhao, Ph.D., January 2020, Dissertation Title: Motion Sensors-based Human Behavior Recognition and Analysis, initial placement at Wish
  6. Kyle Wallace, Ph.D. (with Prof. Kun Sun), August 2018, Dissertation Title:  Understanding and Enriching Randomness Within Resource-Constrained Devices, initial placement at MITRE
  7. Qing Yang, Ph.D., January 2018, Dissertation Title: Exploiting Power for Smartphone Security and Privacy, initial placement at Gemalto
  8. Ge Peng, Ph.D., May 2017, Dissertation Title: Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Privacy Protection of Smart Devices, initial placement at Google
  9. David T. Nguyen, Ph.D., May 2016, Dissertation Title: Enhancing Mobile Device System Using Information from Users and Upper Layers, initial placement at Facebook (Research Scientist). In 2020, David and his wife created Mai Anh & David Nguyen Foundation that provides scholarship for international students.
  10. Daniel Graham, Ph.D., May 2016, Dissertation Title: Enhancing the Sensing Capabilities of Mobile and Embedded Systems, initial placement at Microsoft; now an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia
  11. Xin Qi, Ph.D., May 2015, Dissertation Title: Improving Context Recognition and Leveraging Context Awareness in Mobile Systems, initial placement at VMware
  12. Andrew Pyles, Ph.D., May 2013, Dissertation Title: Network Traffic Aware Smartphone Energy Savings, initial placement at MITRE
  13. Zhen Ren, Ph.D. (with Prof. Haining Wang), August 2012, Dissertation Title: Towards Confident Body Sensor Networking, initial placement at Synopsys
  14. Matthew Keally, Ph.D., May 2012, Dissertation Title: A Learning-based Approach to Exploiting Sensing Diversity in Performance Critical Sensor Networks, initial placement at MITRE

—Visiting Scholars—

  1. Chen Chen, Visiting Scholar, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2020
  2. Yantao Li, Visiting Scholar, Southwest University, China, 2019
  3. Fang Wang, Visiting Scholar, Chinese Academy of Science, China, 2017
  4. Mingyan Xu, Visiting Scholar, National Digital Switching System Engineering and Technological R&D Center, China, 2017
  5. Haiming Chen, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China, 2016
  6. Yongfeng Wang, Visiting PhD student, Harbin Engineering University, China, 2016
  7. Shuangquan Wang, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China 2014
  8. Kun Liu, Visiting Scholar, Anhui Normal University, China, 2014
  9. Yantao Li, Visiting Ph.D. student, Chongqing University, China, 2012


  1. Daniel Highland, Master 2023
  2. Jeannine Brokaw, Master 2023
  3. Johnny Clapham, Master, 2022
  4. Xiaoran Peng, Master, 2018
  5. Aaron Wells, Master, 2017
  6. Leigh Garbs, Master, 2016
  7. Amanda Watson, Master, 2016, stay for Ph.D.
  8. Steven Walker, Master, 2016
  9. Kyle Wallace, Master, 2014, stay for Ph.D.
  10. Conner Kasten, Master, 2013
  11. Bruce Cutler, Master, 2013
  12. Daniel Leong, Master, 2012
  13. Robert Thompson, Master, 2010
  14. George Simmons, Master, 2010, stay for Ph.D.
  15. Andrew Pyles, Master, 2010, stay for Ph.D.
  16. Matthew Keally, Master, 2008, stay for Ph.D.


  1. Kailai Cui, 2022-2023 (Honors Thesis: Power Profiling Smart Home Devices)
  2. Tony Yang (2021-2022)
  3. Philip Ignatoff (2020-2021)
  4. Jay Ford (2020-2021)
  5. Andrew Lyubovsky, 2019-2021 (Honors Thesis: The Pain-free Nociceptor: Predicting Collegiate Football Injuries with Deep Learning)
  6. Luke McDevitt, NSF funded REU from Brown University, summer 2020
  7. Benjamin Powell, 2017-2018 (Honors Thesis: Turning Detection in Sandbar Sharks through Accelerometer Data)
  8. Samhita Pendyal (2018-2019)
  9. Fei He, Bachelor, 2017
  10. Jeffery Buffkin, Bachelor, 2017
  11. Kevin Ji, Bachelor, 2013

Funded Research Projects

  1. Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) CCF Grant: A Minimum Viable Product For Real-Time FoG Detection and Intervention
  2. Virginia Commonwealth University’s Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center Pilot Grant: PERCEPTion of FoG
  3. Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Northern Virginia: Distributed Online Intrusion Detection System for IoT devices via Power Side-channel Auditing
  4. National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01: SCH: Context-aware Freezing of Gait Mitigation in Real-world Setting
  5. George Mason University Pilot Grant: Prototype Development of EARBUD: A Wearable Sensor System for Dietary Monitoring and Personalized Intervention
  6. Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI): A Minimum Viable Product to Secure IoT Devices through Power Auditing and Privacy Preserved Convolutional Neural Networks
  7. Coastal Virginia Center for Cyber Innovation (COVA CCI): Securing IoT Devices through Power Side Channel Auditing and Privacy Preserved Convolutional Neural Networks
  8. National Science Foundation (NSF) CSR:EAGER: A Wearable Body Motion Sensing Platform Using Conductive Stretchable Fabric
  9. National Science Foundation (NSF) SaTC: Towards Energy-Efficient Privacy-Preserving Active Authentication of Smartphone Users
  10. Center For Innovative Technology (CIT): Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF): Reducing Smartphone Application Delay through Read/Write Isolation
  11. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Investigating Contextual H-MOG (Hand-movement, -orientation, and -grasp) as a New Modality for Continuous Authentication of Smartphone Users
  12. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER: Exploiting Sensing Diversity and Conquering Communication Reality to Meet User Requirements in Performance-critical Wireless Sensor Networks
  13. National Science Foundation (NSF) CNS: EAGER: Network Traffic Aware Smartphone Energy Savings
  14. National Science Foundation (NSF) CNS: Holistic Transparent Performance Assurance within the Crowded Spectrum
  15. National Science Foundation (NSF) IHCS: Multi-scale QoS for Body Sensor Networks

Why William & Mary?

  1. Founded in 1693, William & Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the U.S. Although Harvard began operation first, William & Mary’s antecedents actually predate those of the Massachusetts institution.
  2. Four US Presidents benefited from educational programs offered by the College: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.
  3. William & Mary ranked 32nd overall in national rankings and the College maintained its spot as the sixth-best public university in the country, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. William & Mary is one of the 8 Public Ivy universities.
  4. The College’s student/faculty ratio of 11/1 is the lowest among the top public universities–and comparable to those at the nation’s top 25 schools. In addition, nearly 50 percent of William & Mary’s classes have fewer than 20 students.
  5. More W&M ranking information can be found here.