Please join us for the Informaiton Science Colloquium with guest, Julie A. Kientz. Julie A. Kientz is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab, is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance, and has adjunct appointments in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Kientz's primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep problems, parents of young children tracking developmental progress, individuals with visual impairments, people who want to quit smoking, and special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013, and was given the UW College of Engineering Faculty Research Innovator award in 2014.

Title: Understanding and Reducing the User Burdens in Applications for Health and Wellbeing

Abstract: The use of interactive technologies to improve health and wellbeing has grown dramatically over the last two decades. However, there are many reasons why people still do not adopt different types of health technologies, including physical, mental, time, emotional, financial, social, access, and privacy demands. In my research, I have been seeking to understand and characterize these user burdens and design novel applications that can help to reduce them to improve access to healthcare. In this talk, I will first give an overview of several formative studies aimed at understanding the various burdens of interactive technologies. I will then describe the design and evaluation of six wellness applications my lab has developed in conjunction with health experts in which we have sought to reduce these burdens. These applications target areas such as improving sleep behaviors, helping parents track developmental progress, helping the visually impaired with exercise, and helping people identify health-based triggers through self-experimentation. Finally, I will discuss future directions in helping to understand and reduce the user burden of health technologies.