Our lab does research in human-centered design, human-computer/machine interaction, personal informatics, ubiquitous computing, and social computing. Our high-level goal is to develop interactive technologies that promote personal and planetary welfare. The group's research style blends creativity, innovation, and critical reflection with practical application and translational implementation.
We undertake projects that focus on advancing various aspects of this process, to:
(a) increase our fundamental scientific understanding about human behaviors and lived experiences with respect to a given domain of interest,
(b) use such insights to inform the design of novel systems that aim to improve targeted outcomes, and
(c) build and deploy these tools to study the impact in real-world settings and scenarios.
This iterative, “full stack” strategy enhances our ability to assess the merit, feasibility, and efficacy of an envisioned system, while foregrounding a deep empathy for the role of technology in a given context. This also means our research is inherently interdisciplinary, integrating perspectives and techniques from both technical and humanistic fields. In these ways, we strive to make empirical, methodological, technical, and theoretical contributions.