Nabil Alshurafa

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Northwestern University

Nabil Alshurafa is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and of Computer Science at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015, where his dissertation was awarded the Computer Science outstanding graduating student award, and the Symantec outstanding research award. In 2015, Popular Science magazine highlighted his research on designing a wearable neck-worn sensor WearSens to distinguish between solid and liquid foods consumed. He currently directs the HABits Lab at Northwestern, which aims to bridge between computer science and behavioral science research. His current research seeks to transform our understanding of health constructs by designing objective verifiable wearable sensor measures, to more effectively design interventions that improve lifestyle habits. In 2018, he was awarded a five-year NIDDK NIH Career award, to develop expertise in obesity-related research and advance passive sensing of problematic eating behaviors. He is currently directing the SenseWhy study, which aims to lay the foundation for studying overeating behaviors among participants with obesity through passive wearable sensors.

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