Committee WISH @ CHI 2017

Organizing Committee

julieJulie A. Kientz, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep problems, parents of young children tracking developmental progress, individuals with visual impairments, people who want to quit smoking, and special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

jinaJina Huh, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Huh studies how technologies can deliver socially aggregated knowledge helpful for self-management to health information consumers online. Dr. Huh is a PI of NSF funded project on helping families improve routines through sensing and information awareness systems and an NIH funded project to deliver clinical expertise to online patients in online health communities. Her work has received best paper and honorable mention awards from IMIA Yearbook, AMIA, and CHI. She was Assistant Professor in Telecommunication Department at Michigan State University, received NLM Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Biomedical and Health Informatics program at the University of Washington, and holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan. She has a Masters in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Multimedia Design from Korean National University of Arts.

gabiGabriela Marcu, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Computing in the College of Computing and Informatics, and a Research Fellow with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, at Drexel University. She holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Marcu’s research seeks to improve coordination and collaborative reflection in health and social services through technology. She has especially studied the contexts of behavioral intervention, mental health, and special education. She designs and evaluates novel collaborative technologies by working closely with clinicians and community partners. Dr. Marcu has been named a Siebel Scholar, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholar, and Google Anita Borg Scholar.

lauraLaura R. Pina, PhD, is Research Associate with a joint appointment in Computer Science & Engineering and Human-Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her primary research focuses on designing and building technologies to improve health and wellness. Her work from personal, self-tracking technologies to consider the family as the unit of design. Focusing on families, means to address and support caregivers and children tackling their health together. In particular, her work has focused on addressing sleep, supporting behavioral interventions, and stress as a family. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science in the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Pina has received an NSF Graduate Fellowship, UCSD Dissertation Fellowship Award, and a Google Hispanic College Fund Scholar.

sidSid Ambulkar is a Regents Scholar studying Bioinformatics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Research Assistant at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, studying technology-based interventions aimed to improve delivery of healthcare and management of symptoms. Sid is currently investigating the efficacy of expressive arts therapy delivered on a social media platform for better management of mental illness amongst college students. In his free time, he is working to develop mobile applications for self-tracking of depression and is also the Executive Editor of UC San Diego’s undergraduate biology research journal, Saltman Quarterly.

Steering Committee

  • Gavin Doherty – Trinity College
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick – Vienna University of Technology
  • Job Godino – University of California, San Diego
  • Jina Huh – University of California, San Diego
  • Julie Kientz – University of Washington
  • Gabriela Marcu – Drexel University
  • Helena Mentis – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Elizabeth Mynatt – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Philip Payne – Ohio State University / Washington University
  • Laura Pina – University of Washington
  • Erika Poole – Healthwise
  • Wanda Pratt – University of Washington
  • Madhu Reddy – Northwestern University
  • Katie Siek – Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Edward Shortliffe – Arizona State UniverUniversity
  • Donna Spruijt-Metz – University of Southern California
  • Tammy Toscos – Parkview
  • Kim Unertl – Vanderbilt University
  • Tiffany Veinot – University of Michigan
  • Colin Walsh – Vanderbilt University
  • Nadir Weibel – University of California, San Diego
  • Lauren Wilcox – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kai Zheng – University of California, Irvine