Julie Kientz Research Group

Winter 2019

Everyday personal tracking: an exploration through practice

This DRG focuses on understanding the motivations and challenges around self-tracking and personal informatics. With the introduction of self-tracking tools, people have the possibility to learn about their own behavior and health more than ever before. However, individuals often struggle with how to interpret their data and transform it into behavior change. By experiencing self-tracking over the course of the quarter and engaging with current literature on personal informatics, we seek to understand these challenges and explore ways in which a human centered design and research approach can offer solutions.

To inform our brainstorming and design efforts, students will track one or more aspects of their daily lives and discuss their experiences with self-tracking in class. From this, students will identify potential research questions and/or project ideas related to personal tracking for the future.


  • We are looking for 10 students who have an interest in learning about personal tracking and will be committed to tracking one or more aspects about their daily lives for 10 weeks. We encourage both novice and experienced personal trackers to apply.
  • This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any department and will be meeting every Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Winter 2019.
  • We expect students to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by PhD students Calvin Liang and Susanne Kirchner-Adelhardt with guidance of Associate Professors Julie Kientz (HCDE) and Sean Munson (HCDE).

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


Winter 2019

Gender in HCI

From “Gender HCI” to “Feminist HCI”, Human-Computer Interaction often discusses gender’s role in computing systems and wider society. But what does “gender” mean, exactly, and how does HCI use it?

In this DRG we will read a mix of HCI and Gender Studies papers, seeking to understand the various lenses through which gender is understood within wider academia, ask how HCI has operationalised the term, and explore the ways in which the field could directly use gender theorists’ work in understanding the way our designs fit into the world.

This DRG can be taken for between 1 and 3 credits, and is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any department. 

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

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