Advancing Behavioral Science through AI and Digital Health



Tue, May 21, 2024
7:30 am - 3:30 pm


The Richard L. Postma Family Clubhouse
500 East Stadium Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 United States (map)

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On May 21, 2024, the Behavioral Research Innovation and Support Program (BRISP) will present a conference on “Advancing Behavioral Science through AI and Digital Health.” The conference is designed for BSSR scientists to learn about AI and applications to their research. It brings together several AI experts on campus and features  Keynote Speaker Amy Bucher, Ph.D., Chief Behavioral Officer at Lirio. Bucher’s work at Lirio involves collaborating with behavior scientists, health experts, engineers, and AI and data scientists to develop innovative tools that help people overcome barriers to good health. She is the author of Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change.

Registration for the conference is open now. This conference is in-person only. Due to limited spots, priority will be given to University of Michigan faculty and staff.

Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Contact [email protected] with any questions you may have about the event.

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Agenda (Tentative and subject to change)

7:30 – 8:15

Registration / Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30

BRISP Introduction – Kick Off

Susan Murphy, ScD, Director, Behavioral Research Innovation and Support Program (BRISP), MICHR; Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department

8:30 – 9:15

Topic – AI-assisted CBT using machine learning algorithms

John Piette, PhD, Professor, School of Public Health

9:15 – 10:15

Keynote-Designing for Behavior Change with Artificial Intelligence

Amy Bucher, PhD, Chief Behavioral Scientist, Lirio

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00

Topic – MIDAS- what it is, services, funding, collaborations

Jing Liu, PhD, Executive Director, Michigan Institute for Data Science  (MIDAS)

11:00 – 11:30

Topic – Overview of AI Tools at UM

Ben Andries, Matt Milligan – Information and Technology Service, AI Group

11:30 – 12:00

Topic – Natural language processing in behavioral research

Rada Mihalcea, PhD, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

12:00 – 12:45

LUNCH – Roundtable Discussion and Networking

Speakers and BRISP team facilitate discussions

12:45 – 1:05

Reinforcement Learning-Driven Pain Care Recommendations

Pratik Gajane, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

1:05 – 1:30

AI Showcase – Lighting Round

-Personalizing Scleroderma Management with an AI Health Coach

Nirali Shah, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, PM&R Department

-Using Natural Language Processing for Assessing Fidelity of a Behavioral Intervention

Alex Harper, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, PM&R Department

-topic- TBD

Veronica Perez-Rosas, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, Computer Science and Engineering

1:30 – 2:00

Panel – Finding the right AI Partners

J. Henrike Florusbosch, PhD, Program Manager, e-Health and Artificial Intelligence (e-HAIL), Beth Uberseder, Research Manager, MIDAS

2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 3:00

Panel – Academic – Industry Partnerships

Amy Bucher, PhD, Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health

3:00 – 3:30

Summary of Roundtable Discussion – Next Steps

Susan Murphy, ScD