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CS Colloquium

DateThursday, May 5, 2016
Time11:00 am
Concludes12:15 pm
LocationGould-Simpson 906
DetailsPlease join us for coffee and light refreshments at 10:45am, Gould-Simpson, 9th Floor Atrium

Faculty Host: Dr. Stephen Kobourov
SpeakerEun Kyoung Choe and Bongshin Lee
AffiliationPenn State’s College of Information Sciences & Technology and Microsoft R

Empowering People to Improve Their Lives Leveraging Self-Tracking Data

Have you ever thought about tracking your behavior—such as sleep, productivity, activity level, or food—to learn something interesting about yourself? Self-monitoring is a powerful means for self-reflection, which plays an important role in behavior change. Researchers and companies have been increasingly offering numerous wearable devices and self-monitoring tools to support such individual tracking. However, people—even enthusiastic self-trackers such as Quantified-Selfers—have difficulty in gaining meaningful insights from their personal data as well as in consistently tracking their behaviors. In this talk, we will present our research on developing self-monitoring tools and a personal visualization platform to help people collect data easily, learn their behavioral patterns, and develop positive habits and changes for improving their lives.


Eun Kyoung Choe is an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Her primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics. She examines how to design technology to help people become empowered individuals through fully leveraging their personal data. She explores this topic in various contexts including the Quantified Self movement, sleep behaviors, patient-clinician communication and data sharing, and intergenerational collaborative health tracking. She received her Ph.D. degree in Information Science from University of Washington.

Bongshin Lee is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research (MSR). She joined MSR in 2006 after receiving her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her research interests include Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Interfaces & Interaction Techniques. Recently, she has been focusing on developing innovative ways for people to create visualizations, interact with their data, and share data-driven stories visually.