My research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of ubiquitous computing impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated. On an overall level, my intrest is to support people overcome the day-to-day challenges of information overload. As computing has become an increasingly pervasive part of our lives, people now have access to their electronic information across a larger variety of networked devices, in more places, among different groups of friends or co-workers, and while participating in a broader range of activities than ever before. And as access to information increases, so does the amount of information that people create, receive, share...and have to manage. I am particularly passionate about how we can improve the delivery of care through the use of personal health technologies, in the contexts of behavioral intervention and mental health. I design, build, and evaluate the effects of novel systems through field studies. My focus in the design of information systems and ubiquitous computing, is to foster collaboration and decision-making, especially to support health and wellness activities, as well as to better support collaboration in both clinical settings and other highly collaborative and information-intensive environments.
My approach is fundamentally human-centered, but with an emphasis on how technologies can be developed to address opportunities or challenges. The challenges for designing, implementing and evolving hardware and software for everyday human use that runs reliably, continuously and appropriately on the wide variety of worn, held and embedded platforms are numerous and complex. I draw on behavioral and social psychology to develop technology that fits the needs of stakeholders and has a positive impact. I use an user-centered approach and participatory design to involve users in solving problems that matter to them, through the design of systems that fit into their lives. I primarily utilize qualitative methods in my research, as I am particularly interested in understanding the details of people's work and life in order to more effectively integrate technology into their workflows.
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A few quick notes about my current relationship with various social media services. I've been known to occasionally post updates on Facebook. I'm even less active on Google+, although I'm slightly more likely to see incoming notifications there. It probably isn't worth even trying to reach me via Twitter; in my universe, that's a post-only work related social network (and typically only used during conferences). I have a LinkedIn account, but it's really only there so that I can post recommendations for former students and colleagues. There are simply a finite number of profiles that I want to have to create and maintain, and you'll find the salient details of my work persona here, anyway.
Need to get ahold of me? Honestly, e-mail is your best bet.