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Projects and Labs looking for Prospective Students

Technologies for Supporting Veterans with PTSD with the help of Service Dogs in Rural Areas

We are designing technologies to support the mental health of veteran populations in rural areas. We conduct interviews and surveys with veterans, service dog facilities, and mental health care providers. Then we design and build interactive prototypes which we evaluate in field deployments.

Faculty Contact:Patrick Shih,

Shared Mobility Systems for Marginalized and Underserved Populations in Rural Areas (NSF Funded)

We are designing a ridesharing platform connecting volunteers to underserved populations in need of transportation using a timebank-based model. We conduct interviews, surveys, and co-design workshops with community members before developing, deploying, and evaluating interactive prototypes in field deployments.

Faculty Contact:Patrick Shih,

Designing for Personal Informatics Systems in Social Contexts

We are conducting a series of projects to understand how to design personal informatics systems that support family bonding, sense-making with experts and computing algorithms, as well as collaborative understandings of physical and psychological well-being. We employ qualitative and quantitative methods to understand, design, build, and evaluate socio-technical systems.

Faculty Contact: Christina Chung,

Toolkits for Aging in Place for Older Retirees (TAIPOR) (NSF Funded)

We engage underserved populations in making their own customized technologies for tailored personal use and identify perceptions related to adoption and abandonment of pervasive computing technologies by the people who live with them. Researchers develop novel embedded, interactive systems and evaluate them with older adults.

Faculty Contact:Katie Siek,

Environmental Health and Smart Cities (NSF Funded)

Environmental factors have a direct influence on individuals’ everyday health and well-being. We utilize in-situ and on-body environmental sensors to monitor heat stress; then we develop visualizations and on-body alert systems to support individual and community resilience to extreme heat. Students interested in doing work at the intersection of smart cities, environmental sensing, data science, machine learning, HCI, information visualization and urban planning are encouraged to apply. An ideal candidate should have experience in at least one of these domains with interests in developing skills in other focus areas.

Faculty Contact:Dana Habeeb,