Wednesday 12pm, 5 November 2014


Sensing and Feedback for Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Behaviors

Sunyoung Kim

CRCS Post-doc - Harvard University


There is often a profound disparity between the perceived and actual quality of our surroundings, as well as our actions in the world and their consequence on our health and environment. My research focuses on how technology can bridge these gaps, and in particular, how simple, novel technology can empower people to support rational decision-making to improve their quality of life. My work is grounded in the assumption that people can make more effective choices to meet their concerns when they are better informed about their actions.

In this talk, I will present sensing and feedback technology that I have developed to enhance awareness and promote behaviors for health and environmental sustainability. I will discuss the design and evaluation of inAir, a system to measure, visualize, and share indoor air quality, which is the first persuasive indoor air quality monitoring system for personal reflection and behavioral modification. I will also talk about Creek Watch, a mobile data-collection tool for participatory water quality monitoring for collective consciousness and action, which was deployed in the real world on a large scale. Finally, I will talk about my research on Sensr, an authoring framework for the creation of participatory mobile data-collection tools. Throughout the talk, I will interweave my design approach to sensing and feedback technology derived from human-computer interaction methods and a user-centric perspective.


Sunyoung Kim is a CRCS Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 under Eric Paulos and Jennifer Mankoff, and her M.S. degree in HCI from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 under Gregory Abowd.