Colloquium: Rethinking the Quantified Self: designing systems to make personal data engaging and useful

Cray Distinguished Speaker Series
October 29, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
UC Santa Barbara
3-180 Keller Hall
Loren Terveen

Please Join us for a coffee reception from 10:30 am -11:15 am in 3-176 Keller Hall hosted by the CS&E Department. 

Bio: Steve Whittaker is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a member of the CHI Academy, and Editor of the journal Human Computer Interaction. In 2014, he received a Lifetime Research Achievement Award from SIGCHI (Special interest group on Computer Human Interaction), he is also a Fellow of the Association for Computational Machinery. Probably best known for his work on email overload and computer mediated communication, he combines empirical analyses that are informed by the social sciences, with designing novel interactive system design to address important human problems. He has worked both in industry and academia, at HPLabs, IBM, AT&T Bell Labs, and University of Sheffield. His current interests are in personal informatics and computational well-being.

Abstract: The Quantified Self (QS) vision argues for collecting and analyzing rich collections of personal data. According to the vision, such personal data facilitate greater self-insight promoting behavior change. But although self quantification is now common, quantified self technologies show poor rates of adoption. This talk explores reasons for this failure. I will revisit the QS vision, identifying its flaws, arguing that it is overly analytic and overly authoritative. I will present deployments of three new QS systems that address these problems proposing a new design approach to personal data systems.