The Machine Intelligence Lab at the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program has a multidisciplinary research agenda. Our research involves the conception and implementation of machine intelligence analytics tools, capable of predicting unobserved events in healthcare in the immediate or near future. Our work ranges from tracking disease outbreaks around the Globe, leveraging information from big data sets from Internet-based services (such as Google, Twitter, Weather, Human Mobility, Electronic Health Records), to bed-side patient-centered monitoring approaches aimed at improving care in clinical settings.

Generally speaking, our approaches use machine learning techniques to identify patterns that have occurred historically that may be predictive of specific and future events of interest, for example:

  • Can we characterize the time evolution of a disease outbreak in a population by analyzing: 
    • disease-related search activity on Internet search engines?
    • the local air temperature/humidity in their location?
    • human mobility patterns?
    • multiple disparate Internet-based data sources ?
  • Can we identify real-time vital signs patterns in a patient's hospital visit that may suggest the need to intervene or change care plans, hours (or days) before this happens?

Our team consist of applied mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, public health experts, and clinicians. 

Current Team Members:

Mauricio Santillana

Mauricio Santillana, PhD. Physics and Computational and Applied Mathematics

Principal Investigator and Lab lead, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Canelle Poirier


Canelle Poirier, PhD Applied Statistics, Université de Rennes, France

 Team member: 2019 - present



Wei Luo, PhD Geography, Pennsylvania State University

Team member: 2019-present

Leo Clemente

Cesar Leonardo Clemente, M.S. Applied Math and Physics, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Team member: 2017 -present

Taylor Chin

Taylor Chin, M.S.  Candidate Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Team member: 2018 - present

Nicole Kogan

Nicole Kogan,  Incoming PhD Student in Population Health Sciences (Epidemiology), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Team member: 2020 - present

Dianbo Liu

Dianbo Liu, PhD Mathematical Modelling, University of Dundee, UK

Team member: 2019-present

Backtosch Mustafa

Backtosch Mustafa, Medical Student, University of Hamburg; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School

Team member: 2019 - present

Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma, Researcher, MIT Media Lab; and PhD student, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Team member: 2019 - present

Nick Link

Nick Link, Incoming PhD Student in Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Team member: 2019 - present


Current Collaborators

Derek MacFadden

Derek MacFadden, Medical Doctor and Ph.D Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health 

Collaboration: 2017- present

Mohammad Hattab

Mohammad W. Hattab, Ph.D. Biostatistics, Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Collaboration: 2018 - present

Maia Majumder

Maia Majumder, Ph.D. Engineering Systems, Harvard University’s Health Policy Data Science lab

Collaboration: 2014 - present

Yuval Barak-Corren

Yuval Barak-Corren, M.D., Researcher at Boston Children's Hospital

Collaboration: 2016 - present

       Kristin B

Kristin Baltrusaitis, Ph.D. Candidate in Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health

Collaboration: 2015 - present


Prof. Won-Yong Shin, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dankook University, Korea

Collboration: 2018 - present


Past Team Members

Bhaven Patel

Bhaven Patel, Master in Computational Science & Engineering Student, Harvard Institute of Applied and Computational Sciences

Team member: 2019 - 2020



Mathieu Molina, M.S. Engineering and Data Science, Mines ParisTech; Intern, Boston Childrens Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Team member: 2019 - 2020

Now: Amazon Inc

Emily Aiken

Emily Aiken, B.S. Computer Science, Harvard University

Team member: 2018 - 2019

Now: PhD student, University of California, Berkeley

Sarah McGough

Sarah McGough, PhD,  Candidate Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health       

Team member: 2016 - 2019

Now: Data Scientist at Genentech

Gal K

Gal Koplewitz, B.S. Computer Science, Harvard University

Team member: 2018 - 2019

Now: Independent Scientific Writer, (The Economist, New Yorker, etc)


Karla Mejía, M.S. in Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Team member: 2018 - 2019

Now: Associate Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Fred Lu

Fred Lu, B.S Computational Biology, Harvard University             

Team member: 2016 - 2018       

Now: Graduate student, Stanford University

   David Castineira

David Castiñeira, PhD. Chemical Engineering, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Team member: 2016 - 2017

Now: Chief Technology Officer, Quantum Reservoir Impact

Gaston Fiore

Gaston Fiore, M.S. Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Team member: 2016 - 2017

Now: Entrepreneur

     Kaycie Schlosser

Kaycie Schlosser, Medical Doctor, Chief Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital

Team member: 2016 - 2017

Now: Pediatric Intensivist, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gal Wachtel

Gal Wachtel, B.S. Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Team member: 2017

Now: Data Scientist, Palantir

Sam Tideman

Sam Tideman, M.S. Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Team member: 2017

Now: Data Scientist, Northshore University Healthsystem

 Nick Generous

Nick Generous, M.S. Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Team member: 2017

Now: Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Suqin Hou

Suqin Hou, M.S. Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health

Team member: 2016

Now: Data Scientist, KAYAK

Andre Nguyen

Andre Nguyen,  B.S. Applied Math, Harvard University

Team member: 2014 - 2016

Now: Senior Data Scientist, at Booz Allen Hamilton