About me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

My research is broadly in the area of distributed, intelligent systems, specifically at the junction of health information technology, machine learning, and robotics. I am interested in problems such as computationally modeling behavior and interactions, integrating machines and networked systems with mixed levels of autonomy into environments with humans, and the creation of new tools that aid in patient disease management and education as well as healthcare delivery.

Research interests

  • Medical informatics

  • Mobile health

  • Human-Computer Interaction

  • Machine learning

  • Robotics


I received my Ph.D. and M.S. from the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of South Florida in 2008. During my doctoral studies, I also worked at the Army Research Laboratory. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, I held faculty positions at the University of South Florida in the College of Medicine and at the University of Texas Arlington in the College of Engineering. I hold a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from Texas Tech University.


I am currently recruiting motivated M.S., Ph.D., and undergraduate students so please contact me if you have similar research interests. You will definitely get a response from me if you mention a particular project/paper of interest or a research idea you are interested in pursuing.


Laura Barnes

151 Engineer's Way
P.O. Box 400747
Olsson Hall 101B
Systems and Information Engineering Department
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4747

Email: lbarnes at virginia dot edu
Phone: 434.924.1723
Fax: 434.982.2972