MISC Talk: Sean Munson

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:30am

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

From Personal Data to Personal Health: Designing for Goals and Collaboration


People increasingly turn to digital tools to help make sense of and improve various aspects of their lives, especially health. However, many encounter many barriers to collecting, reflecting, and acting on their data. They also turn to others, such as peers and experts, for help, but these collaborations bring additional barriers and challenges. In this talk, I will describe current practices and breakdowns, using food tracking as an example. Designs that focus on people's goals can help narrow and focus the tracking process, reducing burdens and improving people's understanding. Inclusion of contextual data can support empathetic collaboration and help patients and health experts develop personalized plans. Designing for collaboration from the start of tracking can help people more efficiently and effectively manage their health while avoiding misunderstandings and mis-aligned goals.

Speaker Bio

Sean Munson is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and a member of the DUB group. He studies how people interpret their personal data to understand the relationship between their behaviors, contexts, and outcomes, and also to make sense of the world around them. He research focuses on health and wellness as well as diversity of news and information access. Sean completed a BS in Engineering at Olin College in 2006 and his PhD at UMSI in 2012. He is a 2016 recipient of an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. Previously, he has been a political blogger and, while working at Boeing, designed concepts for future passenger airplane interiors.  

The Michigan Interactive and Social Computing research group connects researchers studying human-computer interaction, social computing, and computer-supported cooperative work across the University of Michigan.

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