Technologies for the Self

State-of-the-art of personal informatics, tentative evidence for a way forward and the main challenges in this area.

Abstract: The recent proliferation of wearable devices has led to an ever increasing interest in lifelogging technologies. Such systems are used to capture rich personal data which people can use not just for work and entertainment purposes but also for learning more about themselves in order to live healthier and happier lives. However, despite the larger amount of data, people are often challenged to remember their significant personal event, understand how their emotions are affected by various factors so that they can take actions to alter their less efficient patterns of behaviour. This talk outlines the state-of-the-art of personal informatics, tentative evidence for a way forward and the main challenges in this area.

Bio: Corina Sas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University with research interests in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. Her research interests are on the issues of user experience, technologies for self-reflection and sensemaking. Corina has played an active role in the research community, being general co-chair of the 21st British HCI conference in 2007, and co-organiser of various workshops in the field (CHI 2006, 2008, 2009). She spent sabbaticals at Carnegie Mellon University, University of California at Santa Cruz and MobileLife Centre at KTH in Stockholm.

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