Simon D’Alfonso awarded Cisco Research Grant

31 May 2021

A drawing of a smart phone with a checklist hovering above the screen

Dr Simon D’Alfonso has been awarded a research grant by the Cisco Research funding program. This grant will support research involving the use of smartphones to monitor and predict mental health conditions.

Smartphone digital phenotyping is a newly emerging method based on the idea that data collected from smartphone usage and sensors can be indicators of certain psychological states and conditions. In terms of psychiatry or clinical psychology, such information could be used to predict or determine the presence of mental ill-health.

The funding will be used to support research assistance, technical infrastructure and data collection for digital phenotyping studies that Simon and fellow grant investigator Prof Vassilis Kostakos are involved with, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health and the Orygen youth mental health institute.

We congratulate Simon, and the research team, on this achievement.

More information on these studies, which use the AWARE-Light smartphone sensing app, can be found on the personal sensing for mental health and wellbeing project page.