Leah Findlater

Spring 2019

Design Opportunities for Adaptive Fitness

Co-directed by HCDE faculty Leah Findlater and Julie Kientz, and visiting faculty Andrea Tartaro

The healthy lifestyle practices promoted by fitness technologies such as wearables and smartphone exercise apps are important for all people, yet may look different for those with physical disabilities, especially with respect to physical activity. In this DRG, we will investigate the design space of technologies for adaptive fitness.  Specifically, we will conduct a literature review, examine existing technologies, and design a study protocol to answer questions such as: What facilitators and barriers exist for motivating and accessing adaptive fitness? How do users seeking adaptive fitness use current technologies such as wearables, fitness apps, and social media, and what are the strengths and limitations of these technologies? What design opportunities can we identify for adaptive fitness, including using technology to motivate physical activity as well as adapting physical activity to users abilities and limitations?


  • This DRG is open to undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in all fields. Priority will be given to those with previous research experience and training in research methods.
  • Students will be expected to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.
  • We will meet Wednesdays from 3-4:15 p.m. in Spring 2019.

Note: This DRG is at enrollment capacity for Spring 2019.

Spring 2019

Research advances in ubiquitous computing and accessibility

This course is a continuation of the fall and winter directed research group of the same title. We will focus on understanding research at the intersection of ubiquitous computing and accessibility for people with disabilities. What accessibility issues arise with ubiquitous computing? How can “smart” devices and other ubiquitous computing technologies such as physical computing, mobile computing, machine learning, and fabrication improve everyday experiences for people with a range of cognitive, sensory, and motor abilities?

We will hold weekly meetings at 3:30pm Thursdays.

Note: This DRG is at enrollment capacity for Spring 2019.


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