Human Behavior Recognition from Wearable Sensors

Palo Alto, CA | software research and engineering

Job Description

PhD in machine learning, data mining, or ubiquitous computing

About the Job:

Palo Alto Research Center's (PARC) Contextual Intelligence Group seeks a Senior Research Scientist or PostDoc in Wearable Computing, User Modeling and Machine Learning.  Recent Ph.D. graduates and well-established scientists are encouraged to apply. The candidate will take the lead on a project that develops methods for modeling and predicting user behavior and intent from a variety of sensor data. The goal of a the project is to build a prototype system for the real-time recognition of human behavior and tasks from wearable sensors in an enterprise setting. The sensors can include mobile phone sensors, on-body social sensors, and digital sensors. A platform for the fusion and combination of different sensor types will be available during the project.

Responsibilities include:

  • Choice of appropriate sensors/device combinations including digital sensors for detecting target behaviors
  • Help conduct small and potentially larger scale data collections using chosen sensors
  • Construct and train robust models for real-time detection of target behaviors using machine learning methods
  • Evaluate constructed models on collected data sets


  • PhD in machine learning, data mining, or ubiquitous computing
  • Expertise in signal processing and sensors fusion
  • Familiarity with different machine learning methods and paradigms
  • Experience with running large scale studies is a plus


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K).  PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see  PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

About PARC and the Contextual Intelligence Group:

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients. Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses. As one of the most prolific innovation centers in the world, PARC offers an exceptional work experience and has a  highly collaborative, multidisciplinary culture.

The Contextual Intelligence Group at PARC specializes in researching, designing, and prototyping systems that apply machine learning techniques, statistical modeling, and signal processing to real-world problems in domains like advertising, healthcare, public safety, employee benefits, IT outsourcing, financial services, and customer electronics. We work closely with psychologists, ethnographers, user experience designers, and developers to create novel solutions that lead to patents, academic publications, and commercial prototypes, products, and services.

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