ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

Research Spotlights

In-depth stories of ICS research

ICS co-hires, associates, and affiliates are expert computational scientists, innovators, and problem-solvers. They perform research and harness our cyberinfrastructure to contribute to their fields and society at large. Here are some of their stories.

Cultivating Kindness through Computation

Zita Oravecz

Zita Oravecz, ICS Co-hire

Most smartphone owners use apps to perform mundane tasks such as checking Facebook or staying on top of emails. As useful as these apps can be, they’re hardly life-changing.

What if an app could learn to predict your emotional state, help you avoid stress, and even make you a kinder and more mindful person?

Penn State’s Zita Oravecz, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a co-hire of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), works to make this vision a reality. Oravecz and her colleagues are developing an app that can predict your psychological state using data from smartphones and wearable health monitors.

Read more about Zita’s project.

Watch a video about Zita’s work.

Penn State Institute for CyberScience

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