CSEL Lab News

June 4 - 6, 2014.  César Martin, Yuwen Dong, Kevin Timms, and Daniel Rivera are participating in the 2014 American Control Conference in Portland, Oregon.

July 17, 2013.  Daniel Rivera gave the presentation, "Optimized behavioral interventions: what does control systems engineering have to offer?" as part of the Crosstalk Lecture and Science of Research and Technology Branch Speaker Series forthe National Cancer Institute - Behavioral Research Program.

June 17 - 19, 2013.  Sunil Deshpande, Yuwen Dong, Kevin Timms, and Daniel Rivera participated in the 2013 American Control Conference in Washington, D.C.

December 19, 2012. Daniel Rivera presented the seminar, "Optimized behavioral interventions: what does control systems engineering have to offer?" as part of the Wednesday Workshops series of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  A video of the presentation and some reference material can be accessed here;  the presentation slides and a reading and reference list are also available for download.

November 1 - 2, 2012.  Daniel Rivera participated in the 2012 Methodology Center Retreat in State College, PA.

October 16 - 17, 2012.  Daniel Rivera participated in the International Workshop on New Computationally-Enabled Theoretical Models to Support Health Behavior Change and Maintenance, held in  Brussels, Belgium.

July 11 - 13, 2012. Sunil Deshpande, Kevin Timms, and Daniel Rivera are participating int the 16th IFAC Symposium on System Identification (SYSID 2012) held in Brussels, Belgium.  Preprints of papers on optimal experimental design for pain interventions and modeling of smoking cessation interventions can be found in http://csel.asu.edu/AdaptiveIntervention.   The preprint and presentation slides of the plenary talk presented by Daniel Rivera, "Optimized behavioral interventions: what does system identification and control engineering have to offer?" are available for download.

June 26 - 29, 2012.  Yuwen (Shirley) Dong and Daniel Rivera are participating in the 2012 American Control Conference in Montreal, Canada. They are presenting the paper,  "A Dynamical Systems Model for Improving Gestational Weight Gain Behavioral Interventions" as part of an invited session entitled "Modern Control Approaches in Human Behavior and Medicine."

May 30 - June 1, 2012. Daniel Rivera, Yuwen (Shirley) Dong, and Kevin Timms are participating in the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, DC. Along with Linda Collins and Jessica Trail (Penn State) and Lisa Dierker (Wesleyan), Shirley and Kevin are presenting papers in a symposium entitled, "Innovative System Science Methods for the Design and Evaluation of Adaptive Behavioral Interventions."   Preprints of papers related to these topics can be found in http://csel.asu.edu/AdaptiveIntervention.

April 11-13, 2012.  Daniel Rivera is participating in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

March 13, 2012: Daniel Rivera is participating in the 2012 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting, presenting in the Pre-conference Workshop on New Methods for Advancing Research on Tobacco Dependence.

November 3-4, 2011. Daniel Rivera is participating in the 2011 Methodology Center Retreat in State College, PA.

October 16-21, 2011. Daniel Rivera is participating in the 2011 Annual AIChE Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

August 28-Sept. 2, 2011: Daniel Rivera is participating in the 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in Milan, Italy.

August 28, 2011: Our ASU Research Stories article made it to the September 2011 issue of the ASU Alumni Magazine (see page 16).

July 25-26, 2011: Daniel Rivera is participating in the 2011 NIDA Mentored K Awardee Meeting in Rockville, MD.

June 29-July 1, 2011. Daniel Rivera and Sunil Deshpande are participating in the 2011 American Control Conference in San Francisco, CA. Sunil is presenting a paper entitled, "A control engineering approach for designing an optimized treatment plan for fibromyalgia," co-authored with N. N. Nandola, D.E. Rivera, and J. Younger of the Adult and Pediatric Pain Laboratory at Stanford Medical School.

May 31-June 3, 2011.  Daniel Rivera is participating in the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society of Prevention Research in Washington, D.C. He is presenting the talk, "A Novel Dynamical Systems Approach to Statistical Mediation Analysis" (co-authored with K. Timms, J. Trail, J.E. Navarro-Barrientos, M.E. Piper, and L. Collins) in a symposium entitled, "Idiographic Methods: Important Alternative Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences."

May 16, 2011: The work of our laboratory has been featured in a column in ASU's Research Stories: "Fighting addiction with engineering algorithms."

May 15, 2011.  We bid farewell to Biological Design PhD student Yunze Yang, who has completed a rotation in our laboratory.

May 14, 2011.  Congratulations to Sunil Deshpande, who received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering during commencement exercises today, and now continues towards a PhD degree working in the laboratory.

April 26-29, 2011.  Daniel Rivera is participating in the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is presenting the talk, "Optimized behavioral interventions: what does dynamical systems and control engineering have to offer? at the pre-conference workshop: From Discovery to Public Health Impact: New Approaches to Developing, Testing, and Optimizing Behavioral Interventions (Tuesday, April 26) and the talk, "Robust optimal decision policies for adaptive time-varying interventions using Model Predictive Control" at the invited symposium entitled "Drawing from ideas in engineering and computer science to build better behavioral interventions." (Friday, April 29).

March 14, 2011.  The paper "Health behavior models in the age of mobile interventions: are our theories up to the task?" by Riley, W.T., D.E. Rivera, A.A. Autienza, W. Nilsen, S. Allison, and R. Mermelstein has been published in the inaugural issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, a journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

October 29, 2010.  The lab bids farewell to Dr. Naresh Nandola, who is moving on to greener pastures as a member of the Corporate Research organization for ABB, Inc. in Bangalore, India.

October 6, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is presenting the talk, "Optimized behavioral interventions: what does control systems engineering have to offer?" at the joint Prevention and Methodology Seminar, Penn State University.  A handout (available in two-slide-per-page and four-slide-per-page formats) is available for download.

October 4-5, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is participating at the annual retreat of the Methodology Center at Penn State University.

September 20-21, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is presenting the talk, "Optimized behavioral interventions for weight loss: what does dynamical systems and control engineering have to offer?" at the Obesity-Related Behavioral Interventions Trials (ORBIT) steering committee meeting in Baltimore, MD.

August, 2010.  Daniel Rivera and Linda Collins, Director of the Methodology Center at Penn State University, are featured on Methodology Minutes on  iTunes U.  The podcast, "An odd couple in interdisciplinary research: social scientist Linda Collins and chemical engineer Daniel Rivera" discusses the collaborative activities of our R21 roadmap grant, "Dynamical systems and related approaches for improving behavioral interventions."

June 30 - July 2, 2010.  Daniel Rivera and Naresh Nandola are attending the 2010 American Control Conference in Baltimore, MD.  Daniel is presenting the paper, "Probabilistic uncertainty description for an ETFE estimated plant using a sequence of multisinusoidal signals," while Naresh is presenting, "A novel Model Predictive Control formulation for hybrid systems with application to adaptive behavioral interventions."

June 28, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is presenting an invited talk entitled "Applying ideas from control systems engineering to behavioral interventions" at the workshop Behavioral Intervention Optimization: Capitalizing on Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology in Rockville, MD.   A handout (in two-slide-per-page and four-slide-per-page formats) and a reading list are available for download.

June 14, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is presenting the poster, "Robust, Optimal Approaches for Adaptive, Time-Varying Interventions using Model Predictive Control," (co-authored with N. Nandola and L.M. Collins) at the 2010 College on Problems of Drug Dependence meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

June 1, 2010.  Daniel Rivera is giving a pre-conference tutorial presentation entitled, "Engineering control theory: can it impact adaptive interventions?" at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Denver, CO. A handout and reading list are available for download.

June 1 - June 4, 2010.  The lab is participating in the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society of Prevention Research in Denver, CO. 

April 28-29, 2010.  Daniel Rivera attended the 2010 IBM-Almaden Institute on Smarter Health Through Modeling and Simulation.

March 30 - 31, 2010.  Daniel Rivera will be presenting the paper, "A Dynamical Systems Model for Understanding Behavioral Interventions for Weight Loss," (co-authored with J.-Emeterio Navarro-Barrientos and Linda Collins) at the 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction in Bethesda, Maryland.

December 16 - 18, 2009.  Daniel Rivera presented two papers at the combined 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and 28th Chinese Control Conference in Shanghai, PRC.

December 8 - 9, 2009.  Lab members Daniel Rivera, J.-Emeterio Navarro-Barrientos, and Naresh Nandola participated in the annual retreat of the Penn State Methodology Center in State College, PA.

October 22, 2009:  Richard Steenis Ph.D. dissertation defense, GWC 208C, 3:00 p.m. (http://engineering.asu.edu/graduate/ee/thesis).

September 14, 2009: We now have a new domain name and updated site!

July 6 - 8, 2009:  Daniel Rivera presented one paper and one poster at the 15th Symposium on System Identification (SYSID 2009) in Saint-Malo, France.  The poster paper was part of a software demonstration session profiling ITSIE, an Interactive Tool for System Identification Education, which has been developed in collaboration with Professor Sebastián Dormido  (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED-Madrid) and Professors José Luis Guzmán Sanchez and Manuel Berenguel Soria from the Universidad de Almería, Spain.

July 1, 2009:  The Department of Chemical Engineering is now part of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, and Materials Engineering (MACME).

June 11, 2009:  Daniel Rivera  was co-organizer and chair of a special session at the 2009 American Control Conference in St. Louis on control engineering and related approaches for improving behavioral health; Link.