Charting the space of wellbeing design for HCI Research and Evaluation in Four movements

Speaker: mc schraefel , University of Southampton

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-G449 (Kiva)

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Charting the space of wellbeing design for HCI Research and Evaluation in Four movements

It's easy to see the increasing costs of a sedentary culture, from pain and stress taking us out of work, to other lifestyle conditions costing health care services to treat. A challenge in HCI is to consider where and how interactive technology may be developed to help address these issues, based on the sense that time with an app is cheaper and more readily accessible than time with a human expert. That said, much work around health and wellbeing in HCI has focused on a single area: persuasive technologies to encourage people to maintain "healthy" practices, from moving more to eating less. By looking at where and how people explore health practices, in the context of our daily lives, we see that such focus may represent only a small part of the design space for consideration, and perhaps not represent where the greatest challenge/benefit tradeoff for effect may be. In this talk i'll go over a four part framework for a principled way to look at the design space for wellbeing, including (1) being in-bodied (as opposed to embodied) (2) decision cycles (3) routine practices and (4) technology as culture as technology. Looking forward to your thoughts and feedback.

bio: m.c. schraefel, ph.d, f.bcs, c.eng, cscs, holds the post Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK ( mc also holds a Research Chair sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Microsoft Research UK to investigate how to design interactive technology to better support creativity, innovation and discovery. As part of that research, schraefel utilises her work with athletes and researchers as a professional strength and conditioning, movement and nutrition coach for unique insights into people's longitudinal experience of and challenges with wellbeing practice.
mc can be found on twitter / facebook @mcphoo
her wellbeing coaching likewise @begin2dig and

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