HCDE Student Project to Compete at CHI 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Poster submission

Poster by HCDE students Runyuan (Jason) Chen, Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi to be presented at the 2017 CHI Conference.

The Human Centered Design & Engineering student project “An Exploration of Self-Transcendence Through Solo-Travel” has been accepted to the Student Research Competition at the CHI 2017 Conference.

Spearheaded by HCDE seniors Runyuan (Jason) Chen, Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi, the project asks “how can we design to understand the self-transcendence of solo travelers?”

Previous research has shown that self-transcendence is linked to positive well-being and a higher quality of life. The team is exploring how they can apply human-centered design to self-transcendence research—specifically the design of a platform for travelers to input data related to their own self-transcendence experiences. The students are focusing their research on solo-travel because it is an increasingly popular activity conducive to self-reflection, and their research has found that solo-travelers often use technology like smart phones to assist in their travels.

To start the project, the team conducted a literature review to examine how self-transcendence is studied in the realms of psychology and healthcare. Using the research through design framework, they generated a prototype for travelers to use during a solo trip. The students conducted one pilot study to test their prototype, and are currently recruiting participants for future studies.

The team is advised by HCDE doctoral candidate Mania Orand, and the project builds on previous work Orand conducted with HCDE students Japjeet Narang and Samantha West.

In addition to the submitted paper, the students will present their poster at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Denver, Colorado, happening May 6-11, 2017. The CHI Student Research Competition accepts up to 25 student projects per year.