About me

Boyu Zhang is a graduate student at MIT. He is advised by Prof. Rosalind Picard at the Affective Computing Group.

Boyu’s research interest lies in Machine Learning, Precision Medicine, and Digital Phenotyping. Boyu investigates ambulatory and unobtrusive digital health tailored for each person, i.e., one solution per individual. In particular, his current research focuses on

  • Physics-informed Algorithms, e.g., Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Spatio-temporal Models, for Seizure Forecasting and Prevention.
  • Personalized Mental Health Sensing with Passive Physiological Signals Please see Boyu’s publications and CV for more details.


Before joining MIT, Boyu obtained a B.S. in Computer Science with Highest Honors in Research (1/118), Highest Distinction, and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rochester. He is grateful to be advised by Professor Henry Kautz, Professor Ehsan Hoque, and Doctor Vincent Silenzio. Also, he had two fantastic collaborators at UR: Dr. Anis Zaman (eBay) and Dr. Rupam Acharyya (Micro Focus).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As someone who works in the mental health domain, Boyu is committed to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within academia. Boyu resonates with and is always open to talking to marginalized students, especially those who suffered from depression and/or grew up in single-parent families. Please feel free to reach out.