Artificial Intelligence Researcher

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I currently serve as a Associate Professor in the School of Intelligence Computing at Hanyang University in Seoul (Korea), and an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago. I was formerly a data scientist at several major healthcare organizations: Cigna, CVS Health, and Centerstone Research Institute (CRI). I received my PhD from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. Casey Bennett - TEDx Nashville

My work focuses on artificial intelligence  in healthcare, including the areas of robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, internet-of-things, clinical decision support, and personalized medicine. I am currently working on research projects using robotic pets for therapeutic purposes with elderly patients, development of robotic sensor systems for tracking in-home patient health, and studying social cognition through human-robot interaction to create more life-like AI devices.  We get to do cool stuff like teach robots how to play video games and make furry cuddly robot pets.

In my past, I was the lead designer for Centerstone’s award-winning organization-wide data warehouse and analytics platform in healthcare. I served as PI on studies on implementation of patient-reported outcome systems and AI-driven clinical decision support technology for mental health, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses in both payor and at-risk provider systems. I have also led teams developing robotic sensor systems to monitor in-home patient health, as well as interactive robotic faces.  I've published dozens of scientific articles, done interviews for national and international magazines like ComputerWorld and Slate, and been a guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows. My work has also been featured as a TED talk and as part of IBM's “Smarter Planet” campaign. 

*For prospective graduate students: I currently have 1-2 open positions in my lab at Hanyang University.  For outstanding applicants, research funding is available to help cover the cost of tuition. You will need to apply through the Hanyang University Data Science program (Link here)


I gave a TEDx talk in Nashville in 2016 (some photos are here)
Selected PublicationsCasey Bennett
  • Casey C. Bennett, Cedomir Stanojevic, Selma Sabanovic, Jennifer A. Piatt, and Seongcheol Kim (2021) “When no one is watching: Ecological momentary assessment to understand situated social robot use in healthcare.” ACM International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI). Tokyo, Japan. pp.245-251. EMA_SocialRobotUse.pdf

  • Casey C. Bennett (2021) “Evoking an intentional stance during human-agent social interaction: Appearances can be deceiving.” IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human interactive Communication (RO-MAN).  Vancouver, Canada. pp.362-368. EvokeIntentionality_HRI.pdf

  • JaeYoung Suh, Casey C. Bennett, Benjamin Weiss, Eunseo Yoon, Jihong Jeong, and Yejin Chae (2021) "Development of speech dialogue systems for Social AI in cooperative game environments.” IEEE Region 10 Symposium (TENSYMP). Jeju, Korea. In Press. SpeechDialogueSystem_SocialAI.pdf

  • Claudia Vesel et al. (2020) "Effects of mood and aging on keystroke dynamics metadata and their diurnal patterns in a large open-science sample: A BiAffect iOS study." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 27(7): 1007-1018.  

  • Natasha Randall, Casey C. Bennett, Selma Sabanovic, Shinichi Nagata, Lori Eldridge, Sawyer Collins, and Jennifer A. Piatt (2019) "More than just friends: in-home use and design recommendations for sensing socially assistive robots (SARs) by older adults with depression." Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics. 10(1): 237-255.  More_Than_Just_Friends.pdf

  • Raj, Rajendra K., Allen Parrish, John Impagliazzo, Carol J. Romanowski, Sherif G. Aly, Casey C. Bennett, Karen C. Davis, Andrew McGettrick, Teresa Susana Mendes Pereira, and Lovisa Sundin (2019) "An empirical approach to understanding data science and engineering education." Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE19). Aberdeen, Scotland. DataScience_Education.pdf

  • Casey C. Bennett, Selma Sabanovic, Jennifer A. Piatt, Shinichi Nagata, Lori Eldridge, and Natasha Randall (2017) "A robot a day keeps the blues away." IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI). pp.536-540.  ICHI_Robot_Depression.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Thomas Doub (2015) “Expert Systems in Mental Healthcare: AI Applications in Decision Making and Consultation.” In: David D. Luxton (ed.) Artificial Intelligence in Mental Healthcare.  Elsevier Press.  27-51.  IBSN: 978-0-12-420248-1

  • Casey Bennett and Selma Sabanovic (2015) “The effects of culture and context on perceptions of robotic facial expressions.” Interaction Studies.  16(2): 272-302. HRI_CultureContext_Paper.pdf

  • Casey Bennett, Selma Sabanovic, Marlena Fraune, and Kate Shaw (2014) “Context congruency and robotic facial expressions: Do effects on human perceptions vary across culture?” IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human interactive Communication (RO-MAN).  Edinburgh, Scotland. pp. 465-470. Robot_Culture_Congruency.pdf

  • Selma Sabanovic, Casey Bennett, Jennifer Piatt, et al. (2014) “Participatory design of socially assistive robots for preventive patient-centered healthcare.” IEEE IROS Workshop on Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities. Chicago, IL, USA. PD_Robots_Healthcare.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Selma Sabanovic (2014) “Deriving minimal features for human-like facial expressions in robotic faces.” International Journal of Social Robotics.  6(3): 367-381.  MiRAE_Paper_Final.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Tom Doub (2014) “Temporal modeling in clinical artificial intelligence, decision-making, and cognitive computing: Empirical exploration of practical challenges.”  Proceedings of the 3rd SIAM Workshop on Data Mining for Medicine and Healthcare (DMMH). Philadelphia, PA, USA.  TemporalModeling_in_Healthcare.pdf

  • Selma Sabanovic, Casey Bennett, and Hee Rin Lee (2014) “Towards culturally robust robots: A critical social perspective on robotics and culture.”  Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Workshop on Culture-Aware Robotics (CARS). Bielefeld, Germany. Culturally_Robust_Robotics.pdf

  • Selma Sabanovic, Casey Bennett, Wan-Ling Chang, and Lesa Huber (2013) "PARO robot affects diverse interaction modalities in group sensory therapy for older adults with dementia."  Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR).  Seattle, Washington.  pp. 1-6.  PMID: 24187245  Paro_InteractionModalities.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Selma Sabanovic (2013) “Perceptions of affective expression in a minimalist robotic face.” Proceedings of ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).  Tokyo, Japan.  pp.81-82.

  • Casey Bennett and Kris Hauser (2013) “Artificial intelligence framework for simulating clinical decision-making: A Markov decision process approach.” Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 57(1): 9-19.  PMID: 23287490  AI_ClinicalDecisionMaking.pdf

  • Casey Bennett (2012) “Utilizing RxNorm to support practical computing applications: Capturing medication history in live electronic health records.”  Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 45: 634-641.  PMID: 22426081  RxNorm_CapturingRxHistory.pdf

  • Casey Bennett, Tom Doub, and Rebecca Selove (2012) “EHRs connect research and practice: Where predictive modeling, artificial intelligence, and clinical decision support intersect.”  Health Policy and Technology.  1(2): 105-114.  HLPT11.pdf

  • Casey Bennett, Tom Doub, April Bragg, et al. (2011) “Data mining session-based patient reported outcomes (PROs) in a mental health setting: Toward data-driven clinical decision support and personalized treatment." Proceedings of the IEEE Health Informatics and Systems Biology Conference. 229-236.  DataMining_PROs.pdf

  • Casey Bennett (2011) “Clinical productivity system: A decision support model.”  International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management. 60(3): 311-319.  Clinical_Productivity.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Tom Doub (2010) “Data mining and electronic health records: Selecting optimal clinical treatments in practice.”  Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Data Mining. 313-318.  DMIN_Final.pdf

  • Casey Bennett and Frederika Kaestle (2010) “Investigation of ancient DNA from western Siberia and the Sargat culture.” Human Biology. 82(2): 143-156.  PMID: 20649397

  • Casey Bennett and Frederika Kaestle (2006).  “A reanalysis of Eurasian population history: Ancient DNA evidence of population affinities.” Human Biology 78: 413-440. PMID: 17278619