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acm-desktopcta.jpg   I am excited to participate in the ACM Future of Computing Academy, as part of the inaugural class of early career computing professionals in the academy. Our goal is to shape the academy's governance structure and agenda. I am also excited to be attending the ACM celebration of 50 years of Turing Awards.

Wilcox receives NSF CAREER Award

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I am excited to have received the NSF CAREER Award for my proposal, "Adaptive, Collaborative User Interfaces for Chronically Ill Adolescents' Personal Data Management." The award will support research investigating how computational tools can be designed and developed to support collaborative generation and management of everyday, health-related data. Read a write-up of the news at:
Leveraging Patient-Generated Data for Collaborative Decision Making in Healthcare
Workshop at the International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2017)
May 23rd, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Self-tracking has become increasingly popular both in research and practice due to an explosion of wearable sensors and mobile health (mHealth) apps, with the premise of enhancing self-knowledge, fostering reflection, and promoting behavior change. We believe that self-tracking data collected specifically by patients have great potential in the medical contexts where patients and clinicians can leverage the data for better decision making. However, in practice, it is still not clear how we can fully leverage these patient-generated data (PGD) and integrate them into the clinical workflow.

Our workshop will outline current challenges and research agenda in leveraging PGD in clinical practice and to bridge academic and professional communities including health informatics, human-computer interaction (HCI), information visualization (InfoVis), and medicine to discuss this topic. We plan to develop a research agenda together by discussing ongoing research, sharing challenges and best practices, and identifying open research questions. The final outcome of the workshop will include a set of concrete scenarios of PGD sharing and collaborative decision making, design rationales of the PGD sharing platforms and visualizations, evaluation criteria to assess the success of the PGD sharing, and plans for continuous efforts in the future.

Important Dates
March 20th, 2017:  Workshop papers deadline
April 10th, 2017: Workshop papers notification
April 17th, 2017: Workshop papers camera ready
May 23, 2017: Workshop

More at:
RadReport Our paper on designing diagnostic radiology reporting tools for adolescent patients and their family members has been conditionally accepted for presentation at ACM CHI 2017. Our prototype tools support abstracted, visual explanations of anatomical concepts and collaborative review and communication of diagnostic imaging data through interactive user interfaces. Our paper reports on a pilot study of the new reporting tools with oncology patients (n=14), their parents (n=14) and their clinicians (n=5), to gauge acceptance of the prototype in the clinical oncology setting and identify needed improvements to our design.

Supporting Families in Reviewing and Communicating about Radiology Imaging Studies
Matthew Hong, Clayton Feustel, Meeshu Agnihotri, Max Silverman, Stephen Simoneaux, Lauren Wilcox. Proc. ACM CHI '17, The 2017 annual conf on Human Factors in Computing. Denver, CO. May 2017 (To appear)

We conducted formative studies to better understand both expert perspectives on and student experiences with self-tracking to support mental wellness goals. Our paper describing these studies has been accepted for presentation at ACM CHI 2017.

Self-tracking has been shown to play an important role in managing physical health, but we do not yet have a comprehensive understanding of the role of self-tracking in mental wellness contexts. Focusing on stress management, we examined the experiences and challenges of those who actually self-track to achieve mental wellness goals, through a survey with 297 students. We complemented student perspectives with findings from a study with 14 student health professionals, from two universities, who participated in a qualitative study examining the role of self-tracking for student mental health and wellness. Our paper discusses ways that self-tracking can enable improved understanding of student stress and approaches to stress management and identifies situations in which self-tracking is not useful as a strategy of management.

Self-tracking for Mental Wellness: Understanding Expert Perspectives and Student Experiences
Christina Kelley, Bongshin Lee, Lauren Wilcox Proc. ACM CHI '17, The 2017 annual conf on Human Factors in Computing. Denver, CO. May 2017 (To appear)
Dr. Wilcox will visit the Interactive and Social Computing group at the University of Michigan on 11/22/2016 to give a talk highlighting research in the Hx Lab.
       I look forward to participating in the Class of 1969 Teaching Fellows program at Georgia Tech, for the 2016-17 academic year.
    We will present our paper reporting on teens' and parents' experiences using a personal health record system, at AMIA 2016.  We gauged these experiences through analyses of usage logs over a 19-month period, and surveys and interviews conducted with parents and teens independently. 

Paper citation: 

Adolescent and Caregiver Use of a Tethered Personal Health Record System Matthew Hong, Lauren Wilcox, Clayton Feustel, Karen Wasilewski-Masker, Thomas Olson, Stephen Simoneaux Proc. American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium, Nov 2016, Chicago, IL, USA. To appear.

Participating in Grace Hopper 2016

    Delighted to be participating as a mentor in the Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) at the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I will also serve as a poster judge for the Student Research Competition.

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June 22–26 ACM FCA Meeting (San Francisco, CA)

June 8–15 ACM DIS 2017 (Edinburgh, UK)

May 22-June 6 EAI PervasiveHealth 2017 (Barcelona, Spain)

May 6-11 ACM CHI 2017 (Denver, CO)


New Georgia Diabetes Translation Research Center

    Participating in the Georgia Diabetes Translation Research Center funded by the Natio​nal Institute of Diabetes and…

Serving on the SPC for AMIA 2016

   Happy to be joining the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) for the AMIA 2016…

ACM CHI '16 Paper: Designing tech for teens with complex chronic illnesses

Our paper on designing technology to support teens with complex chronic illnesses to…