Also known as Lauren Wilcox-Patterson, I am a PhD candidate in the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Group at Columbia University, advised by Professor Steven Feiner.
I am also actively involved in projects in the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics. My research focuses on enabling people to cultivate a more informed relationship with their health through innovative technology.
My dissertation examines how systems can be designed to communicate information to end users on the status and progress of complex, multi-faceted, and dynamic processes. I address patient-centered digital communication of health status and progress information from two complementary perspectives: those of hospital clinicians as well as patients. My work employs a research methodology that draws from the fields of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Medical Informatics research, to include methods for designing, building, and evaluating technology.
I earned a BS in Computer Science in 2004 and a MS in Computer Science in 2006 (through a Teaching Assistant Fellowship), both from Columbia University. Before beginning the PhD program, I worked full time in IBM Software Group, where I designed, implemented, and presented end-to-end solution prototypes focused on customer scenarios in the Solutions Experience Lab (SEL) in the Technical Sales organization in Austin, Texas. The SEL solutions were presented to executives visiting IBM for software briefings.