Special Interest Group at CHI 2017: Bridging Communities for Better HIT: Streaming Conversations from WISH on Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities

A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP AT CHI 2017: Bridging Communities for Better HIT: Streaming Conversations from WISH on Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities

This SIG will take place as part of the CHI conference on Wednesday, May 10, 9:30-10:50 (Room 301). The conference will be held in Denver, USA, from May 6th-11th, 2017.

ABSTRACT Health Information Technology (HIT) has enormous potential to transform healthcare, and optimal design and implementation of HIT has to incorporate diverse fields’ perspectives, including medicine, engineering, design, anthropology, and other related disciplinary areas. The Workshops on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) at CHI 2017 is designed to bring together researchers and practitioners for shared conversations and nurture a common community of practice. We would like to use this SIG as an opportunity to expose these conversations, updated with this year’s WISH on Sunday, and open up conversations with the rest of CHI community who increasingly are becoming interested in the topic of health.

SIG PANELISTS We have 5 remarkable panelists working across the health and HCI domains, including Olena Mamykina, Gabriela Marcu, Predrag Klasnja, Aleksandra Sarcevic, and Katie A. Siek.

GOAL of SIG We will have an interactive and in-depth panel discussion surrounding the future of WISH, disclosing the closed conversations among steering committee members and organizers of WISH to the CHI audience for additional input.

Please click on this link (TBA) working document for agenda and discussion topics.


Olena Mamykina, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Columbia University

Bio Dr. Mamykina is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Her primary research interests reside in the areas of Biomedical Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing, and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work.

Gabriela Marcu, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University

Bio Dr. Marcu is Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics and a Research Fellow with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine.

She directs the Empathic Design and Technology Research Group. Her research seeks to improve coordination and decision-making in health and social services through technology. She is particularly interested in the contexts of behavioral intervention, mental health, and special education. She designs and evaluates new technologies by working closely with community partners. She use primarily qualitative methods to study and shape the role of technology in social interactions and organizational workflow.

Predrag Klasnja, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Information andSchool of Public Health
University of Michigan

Bio Dr. Klasnja’s research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics. He studies how technology can help people to better manage their health and to more effectively communicate with their healthcare providers. His projects cover a range of health domains. He has done work around cancer care, physical activity, and diabetes. His current projects examine medication adherence, self-management of the bipolar disorder, and physical-activity maintenance following cardiac rehabilitation.

Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University

Bio Dr. Sarcevic is Assistant Professor of Information Science at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, where she directs the Interactive Systems for Healthcare (IS4H) Research Lab. Her research interests are in computer supported cooperative work and medical informatics, with a focus on ethnographic studies of practice and coordination in safety-critical medical settings that inform technology design and implementation. Her recent work is in the area of emergency medical resuscitations, where she hopes to reduce errors and increase teamwork efficiency by introducing a series of technological interventions. Aleksandra’s research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She was awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Grant to continue her work on information technology design and development for fast-response medical teams. Prior to her appointment at Drexel, Aleksandra was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University, where she also completed her Ph.D. in October 2009. In 2010-2011, Aleksandra was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she worked on the Project EPIC.

Katie A. Siek, PhD
Associate professor, Informatics, Director of Informatics Undergraduate Studies
Indiana University – Bloomington

Bio: Dr. Siek is Associate Professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She has been awarded a CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (2012) and a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (2010 & 2015). Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was a professor for 7 years at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College.