Getting More Value from Self-Monitoring Data, Alone and Together

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Puget Sound SIGCHI

We have entered the age of personal informatics, with connected devices and mobile applications that enable people to track a variety information. Health and wellness data is one of the most commonly tracked data types; over 69% of United States adults currently track a health factor, with 14% using technology to so do. These numbers will continue to rise, as new sensing removes barriers to long-term, ubiquitous personal monitoring of health behaviors, outcomes, and context.

Less clear, however, is how much value people gain from these additional tracking abilities. More data creates more opportunities for understanding one's behavior or symptoms, the factors which influence them, and opportunities for improvement. Review of these data to produce actionable information, however, can be challenging for individual trackers, the support networks with whom they share it, and their medical team. In this talk, Munson will discuss how people currently work to understand their self-tracked data, individually and in collaboration with others, and opportunities to improve this process.

Slides (77MB 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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