Iman Khaghani-Far is a research associate at Northeastern University. He received his PhD in Information and Communication Technology from University of Trento, Italy. His research interests include human computer interaction, persuasive technologies and coaching technologies for wellbeing. His current research focus is on home monitoring and coaching, health wearables and behavior monitoring.

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I have worked on persuasive technologies to encourage older adults to exercise regularly. The main product that we developed is gymcentral. Gymcentral is a virtual gym that run on a tablet enabling people at home to connect with their friends and exercise with them. We run several studies testing if social presence can encourage isolated individuals to adhere to regular training plans. You can read more on our findings here.

Recently, I have joined a young and enthusiastic team at Northeastern University. Our team (Behavior Health Informatics) aim to develop a comprehensive model of health behavior at home. In this regard, we are developing and experimenting with wearables, home monitoring sensors and technologies that allow us to monitor individuals behavior, including physiological and mental activities. As part of these ultimate goal, I am focusing on developing a research tool (DeepHealthLab) that enables researchers to collect raw data from wearables and aggregate, analyse data. We are experimenting with the raw data that we collect from wearables such as Firstbeat and MS band to detect sleep quality, monitor stress and ultimately understand human behavior. 

Latest publication

Khaghani Far, I., Ferron, M., Ibarra, F., Baez, M., Tranquillini, S., Casati, F., & Doppio, N. (2015). The interplay of physical and social wellbeing in older adults: investigating the relationship between physical training and social interactions with virtual social environments. PeerJ Computer Science, 1, e30. doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.30 [Download]

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I have a never ending hunger (or thirst) for learning new stuff, meeting new people, making connection between things (e.g., between people, ideas, sciences), innovative solutions to long lasting problems and finally making the world slightly a better place for us. This is what really satisfies me in life :)

I don't think people who want to change the world are crazy, and I always respect them. Because time to time, this idea comes to my mind. To change the world, and we are all changing it in a way. I love to connect different areas of science with ICT. Health and wellbeing is one of them. I also love programming and building stuff that works; and I spend a lot of hours coding as it makes me feel I am building functional stuff. (I love javascript <3 ).


Last but not least, I am also an EIT Digitals doctoral student, where I try to create business value from my research. I have been working with the business mentors and took several intensive courses and trainings on developing start-ups and becoming an entrepreneur.

Iman Khaghani Far,
Jun 20, 2016, 2:56 PM