More than Measures

2 May 2017
Health Data Exploration Network Annual Meeting

Fitness tracking devices, smartphone applications, and other tools that help people automatically track data about every facet of their lives are becoming increasingly prevalent. There are now thousands of health tracking applications in the iOS app store.

While these health tracking tools help some people, they fail to work for many others. On this panel, Dr. Munson will discuss how current designs can exclude people. Common mistakes include focusing on the wrong measures, over-quantifying experiences, and failing to consider an individual”s competing priorities. Even when quantificiation is the right strategy, many designs require users to be literate in statistical analysis and information visualization to get the benefits they hope to obtain.

Slides (33MB PDF)


Sean is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and a member of the DUB group. Working primarily in the domains of health and wellbeing and exposure to diverse information, he designs and evaluates techniques for helping people make sense of data about themselves and the world around them.

Sean completed a BS in Engineering at Olin College in 2006 and his PhD at the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2012. Previously, Sean was a political blogger and, while working at Boeing, designed concepts for future passenger airplane interiors. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award.

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