Research

Julie Kientz Research Group

Spring 2019

Design Opportunities for Adaptive Fitness

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?

Requirements

  • 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.

Application

Please complete this application form by March 20.


Spring 2019

Children’s Digital Media Design Toolkit

There are a number of findings from research on child development, media studies, and interactive technology design that could help inform the design of better interactive technologies for children. However, professional content producers and designers often do not have the time to keep up on these findings or the expertise to make sense of them. In this DRG, we will translate research into actionable design advice by designing, creating, and evaluating a Children’s Digital Media Toolkit, similar to other relevant efforts such as the IDEO Method Cards, Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit, or Artefact’s Tarot Cards of Design. Activities include reviewing the literature on child development, interaction design and children, and media studies for evidence-based findings with practical relevance; prototyping a toolkit that translates research results into design guidelines presented in an easily-digestible format such as a set of cards; evaluating the toolkit with design professionals; and revising the toolkit based on feedback.

Requirements

  • This DRG is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all fields.
  • Students will be expected to register for 2 credits of HCDE 496/596.
  • We will meet late Tuesday afternoons (between around 3-5 pm) in Spring 2019.

Application

Please complete this application form by March 15, 2019.


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.

Requirements

  • 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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