HCC talks January – University of Copenhagen

HCC talks January

Welcome to the first HCC talk of 2015. This month's HCC talks includes two speakers:

Katarzyna Wac

Personalised health self-management systems: what is the design space?

Inevitably healthcare goes into our pocket - becoming mobile and very personal. To support this statement I provide an overview of current trends in personal health informatics systems, and specifically in mhealth systems based on emerging mobile computing and communications technologies enclosed in a smartphone and diverse wearable sensor/actuator systems. However, health is a complex concept encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, social and environmental aspects and behaviours of the daily life of an individual and we do not have yet good understanding on how the most important behavioral biomarkers in these different domains can be captured efficiently and effectively via mhealth solutions in the individual’s daily life environments. What is more - we do not have an understanding of how the interactions between these biomarkers influence the health outcomes of an individual, especially in a long term. Additionally, there are challenges for the self-management efforts related to, e.g., the individual’s motivation, adequate level of skills and availability of enablers for behaviour change. Furthermore, there are implications on the design space of mhealth systems stemming from technological, economic, legal, sustainability and social, as well as political factors. I provide examples of my contributions to the mhealth research so far, provide an overview of methodology employed, and delineate my current activities and future work areas related to health self-management, along which I welcome research collaborations.


Giovanni Maria Troiano

Deformable Interfaces for Performing Music



Deformable interfaces offer new possibilities for gestures, some of which have been shown effective in controlled laboratory studies. Little work, however, has attempted to match deformable interfaces to a demanding domain and evaluate them out of the lab. In this work we investigate how musicians use deformable interfaces to perform electronic music. We invited musicians to three workshops, where they explored 10 deformable objects and generated ideas on how to use these objects to perform music. Based on the results from the workshops, we implemented sensors in the five preferred objects and programmed them for controlling sounds. Next, we ran a performance study where six musicians performed music with these objects at their studios.