Personal Informatics at UbiComp2014

At the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2014) we had the 5th international workshop on Personal Informatics.

pi_ubicomp2014This year the workshop was framed as the “Disasters in Personal Informatics: The Unpublished Stories of Failure and Lessons Learned”. The idea was to stimulate a discussion on the challenges involved in conducting research in personal informatics. Nine interesting papers were discussed in three themes as part of the workshop program: Personal Informatics in Life, Data Collection and Quality, and Engagement in Longitudinal Studies.

My PhD student Andrea Cuttone and I presented our work: “The Long Tail Issue in Large Scale Deployment of Personal Informatics” discussing issues in carrying out Personal Informatics research as part of our large-scale SensibleDTU study.

QS Europe Conference 2014

This weekend (May 9-11) I attended the Quantified Self Europe Conference 2014 in Amsterdam. Yet again a very packed conference program with lot’s of interesting presentations, show&tell, breakout sessions, and as usual 10 different things going on at the same time.

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I presented our poster on Visualizing QS Data Using Time Spirals (PDF), which got a lot of attention from the conference participants. The poster was co-authored with my PhD student Andrea Cuttone, and collegue Associate Professor Sune Lehmann.

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In addition I led a breakout session on “Strategies for Managing Personal Data”, which led into an interesting discussion of strategies, tools, and the common struggle experienced by multiple participants that personal data management is still a largely complex process.

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I got invited to give a talk on my research in quantified self as part of the World of Health IT Conference at the mHealth Symposium.

WoHITInterestingly the conversation recently have moved more towards discussing the potential of self-tracking in healthcare. And sure enough the conversation during the Q&A session was primarily focused on the potential and the consequences for the healthcare system (and patient) in the future. Some addressed this as a question of power and who has the upper hand (doctors and the system losing power), but I believe it’s not productive for the conversation to see it that way. Of course the stakeholders will eventually need to change their roles, but improved tools will be beneficial for all stakeholders. The conversation continues…

Quantified Self Global Conference 2013 in San Francisco

This week I’m attending the Quantified Self Global Conference 2013 in San Francisco.

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Quantified Self, Personal Informatics, and Life Logging has gained increased attention among scientists and researchers. So at the conference I will be leading a breakout session on QS Research, where we will discuss challenges, opportunities, and future directions in this research domain.

TEDxCopenhagen talk: Human Data for Life

On May 17th I was invited to give a TED talk as part of a TEDxCopenhagen Salon Event focusing on technology organized by TEDxCopenhagen and The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA).

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The theme of the event was ”Breaking Currents” and the ambiguous wording of the theme inspired me to the ambiguous title of my talk: Human Data for Life.

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Videos from the event should be posted within a couple of weeks.

Quantified Self Conference 2013 in Amsterdam

As part of my participation in the fourth Quantified Self Conference I chaired a breakout session on QS Research where I motivated the discussion by presenting some of our ongoing research, including the Smartphone Brain Scanner and the Sensible DTU project. There is a growing interest and increasing number of researchers and scholars participate in the QS conferences, which was apparent from our breakout room being completely full.

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Personal Informatics Workshop @ CHI2013

As part of the ACM CHI2013 conference we held our two day Personal Informatics Workshop and hackathon. We had a record number of submissions and accepted 24 papers. Google had kindly sponsored the workshop with a number of self-tracking devices that participants could use as part of their hackathon projects.

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During the two day hackathon five groups developed personal informatics concepts and systems and we concluded the workshop with a joint meetup with the local Quantified Self Paris Meetup Group where the groups presented their results.

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QS Spiral: Visualizing Periodic Quantified Self Data

As part of the Personal Informatics Workshop at CHI2013 we presented our paper QS Spiral: Visualizing Periodic Quantified Self Data. The paper is co-authored with Andrea Cuttone and Sune Lehmann.

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In the paper we propose an interactive visualization technique QS Spiral that aims to capture the periodic properties of quantified self data and let the user explore those recurring patterns. The approach is based on time-series data visualized as a spiral structure. The interactivity includes the possibility of varying the time span and the time frame shown, allowing for different levels of detail and the discoverability of repetitive patterns in the data on multiple scales.

Cognitive Measurements at the Quantified Self Conference

Together with Yoni Donner (who’s behind Quantified Mind) I did a breakout session on the topic Cognitive Measurements at the Quantified Self Conference at Stanford.

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Our motivation was to put more emphasis on cognitive measurements in the QS community saying that measuring cognitive functions is difficult but provides a much richer understanding of ourselves compared to single-dimension measurements (such as steps taken, heart-rate and weight) that have been the primary focus of the QS community…

Personal Informatics in Practice workshop at CHI 2012

Presentation of research paper “A Cross-Platform Smartphone Brain Scanner” at CHI 2012. The Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Quality of Life Through Data workshop will be a gathering of researchers, designers, and practitioners exploring how to better support personal informatics in people’s everyday lives.

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My 5 minutes as a Quantified Self “Rock Star”

I presented our Smartphone Brain Scanner at the first Quantified Self Conference in Europe. Since I believe in the eating your own dog food mantra I was wearing the neuroheadset and using the smartphone brain scanner while giving my short Ignite Talk.

If you thought giving an Ignite Talk was stressful (a 5 minute presentation accompanied by 20 slides each displayed for 15 seconds, and the slides automatically advance) then try giving a live demonstration of your research prototype meanwhile :-)

Feeling like a rock star was during the break after the presentation where I got to talk to so many interesting people from the quantified self community that were interested in our research.

Best paper award at MobileHCI 2010

mobilehci_logo_2010M.Sc. student Arkadiusz Stopczynski and Associate ProfessorJakob Eg Larsen received a best paper award at MobileHCI 2010 for their paper entitled Enabling Festival-Wide Social Network Interaction Using 2D Barcodes, Mobile Phones and Situated Displays. The paper was presented at Social Mobile Web (SMW’10) at the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI’10).