Passive Mobile Sensing of Anxiety and Depression

Collaborators:  Dr. Martin Katzman at the START Clinic. 

Professors Ludovic Rheault and Sophie Borwein

 Dr. Daniel DeSouza, Dr. Bill Simpson, Winterlight Labs

Graduate Students:  Daniel Di Matteo and Bazen Teferra

Undergraduate Student: Wendy Wang

Our smartphones capture an enormous amount of information about us.  It is possible that this information could be used to keep track of our mental health, assuming that this can be done so in a privacy-enabled way.  This project seeks to determine what might be inferred about a patient’s mental health through analysis of data streams from a person’s smartphone, including samples of the audio environment, location, ambient light, activity and screen activity among others.  We have also focused on detection of anxiety from impromptu speech, collected directly.


The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer  Engineering,

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto