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Understanding and Reducing the User Burdens in Applications for Health and Families

Speaker: Hyewon Suh, University of Washington


Date&Time: June 13, 2016 1:30PM 


Place: E2-1 KSE-HDM Seminar Room


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



  The use of interactive technologies to improve health and in families has grown dramatically over the last two decades. However, there are many reasons why people still do not adopt or quickly abandon different types of health technologies. In my research, I have been seeking to understand and characterize the reasons why people abandon computing systems and design ways of reducing various user burdens to improve outcomes for technology use in health and families.


  In this talk, I will first give an overview of Baby Steps, a set of interactive tools for parents to track developmental progress of their young children and connect to resources as needed, then how we discovered user burdens in health application, and finally describe several formative studies that contributed toward our understanding the various burdens of interactive technologies.



  Hyewon Suh is a PhD candidate in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. She is a member of Chill Lab and DUB group and is advised by Julie Kientz. Her research focuses on the areas of Human Computer Interaction in supporting health and wellness. In particular, she is interested in how interactive technologies can be designed and developed to facilitate one’s health-related information awareness and understanding.




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