Sanjana Mendu


I am experienced in statistical modeling and machine learning, particularly for health applications.


University of Virginia

Master of Science
Systems and Information Engineering

GPA: 3.83

August 2018 - May 2020

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

GPA: 3.57

August 2014 - May 2018


Research Intern

University of Southern California

Worked with Dr. Maja Mataric as part of the SURE REU program. Laid groundwork for research project investigating socially-assistive telepresence robots for the K-12 classroom. Wrote and documented ROS code for operating the Ava telepresence robot. Implemented features include affective light indicators, autonomous navigation, and remote video conferencing.

June 2017 - August 2017

Research Directorate Intern

NASA Langley Research Center

Designed human-in-the-loop air traffic detection system for semi-autonomous UAV. Co-developed decision-level Bayesian fusion algorithm that improved accuracy of results from computer vision methods (e.g Kalman filter). Effectively tracked and detected flying object in controlled video data.

June 2016 - August 2016


Reliable Analytics for Disease Indicators (ReADI)

Dectecting onset of TBI/ID using passive mobile sensor data

Implemented user-friendly online data visualization dashboard for mobile crowdsensing app. Applying ML and signal processing methods to extract informative features from smartphone sensor data streams and model different activity contexts.

August 2018 - Present

Monitoring Loneliness among College Students

Modeling patterns in digital communication patterns and loneliness

Statistically modeling the effect of digital communication patterns on reported loneliness within a college student population.

Dec 2017 - Present


Analysis of Effects of Signal Corruption
on Heart Rate Complexity

Simulated impact of real-life interference on critical biometrics

Implemented Monte Carlo simulation to observe the effect of ECG signal corruption on heart rate complexity algorithm results. Addressed convergence of hypoxic and non-hypoxic ECG datasets under noise.

March 2016 - August 2018

Culturally-Tailored Virtual Agent
for Health Education

Health Education targeted for high-risk minority population

Developed a mobile virtual agent application for cervical cancer education. Analyzed user interview results and app usage data to determine the effectiveness of culturally-tailored health technology for rural Hispanic farmworkers.

May 2015 - May 2018

Side Projects


Conversational Agent for Survey Delivery

Implemented web-based conversational agent using BotUI. End goal is to prototype conversational agent for EMA delivery as alternative to current mobile-based platforms. Click the project name to talk to SanjBot!

January 2018 - Now


Apart from being a graduate student, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and practicing yoga. I'm also working on a conversational agent for EMA delivery as a side project (SanjBot)

When I'm not in the lab, I'm often curled up with a cup of coffee and my latest book (currently 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami) or jamming out to my alternative/indie playlist on Spotify.