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Pediatric Research


Pediatric research at HSI has two foci.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) [ visit website ] - Autism is a developmental disability impacting language, socialization and behavior. It effects one in 150 children in the US.
  • Asthma [ visit website ] - A chronic inflammatory disorder of the lungs and airways that causes recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. In the general population about one in ten American children suffer from asthma but this is as high as 1 in 4 in certain urban areas.

Our goal at HSI Pediatric Research is to develop technology for ASD and asthma that supports a variety of stakeholders: the individual, families, professionals, clinicians and researchers. We view technology as a means to scale human efforts over time and over space. For example, we have implemented a variety of technologies that may allow clinicians to treat more children and increase quality of care.

To meet our goal of advancing technological development for a pediatric population we recently opened the Child Study Lab. This is the first lab at Georgia Tech that is dedicated to studying children.


Our external collaborations are KEY to domain knowledge and insights that allow the technology that we develop to have impact.

Georgia Tech

  • Jim Rehg (Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing)
  • Mark Riedl (Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing)
  • Thad Starner (Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing)


  • Randal Brown (Director of Research at Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates)
  • Nate Call (Director, Behavior Treatment Clinics, Marcus Autism Center)
  • Conrad Colby (Professor Emeritus, Department of Respiratory Therapy, Boise State University)
  • Juane Heflin (Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Georgia State University)
  • Opal Ousley (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University)
  • Uwe Reischl (Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University)
  • Alice Shilingsburg (Marcus Autism Center)
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