The Personal Data and Empowerment Lab is a Human-Centered Computing research lab in the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah. When designing technologies, many developers fail to fully represent their users, creating technology that is not equally accessible for all members of society. Our research focuses on addressing this issue by analyzing ways to ensure that technology is more inclusive and equally accessible for all. The majority of our research explores the topics of healthcare, accessibility, and personal informatics with the end goal of empowering users.
Jason, Josh, Sinthia, John, Jens, Ashlyn, and Tamanna posing for a group picture on the University of Utah campus
End of semester lab froyo!
The PeDEL lab group in the mountains above Salt Lake City.
Lab photo at CHI 2022 in New Orleans!

Recent Publications

Hospital Employee Experiences Caring for Patients in Smart Patient Rooms

Joshua Dawson, Eden Fisher, Jason Wiese

CHI '24, Proceedings of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2024

"It Made Me Feel So Much More at Home Here:" Patient Perspectives on Smart Home Technology Deployed at Scale in a Rehabilitation Hospital

Joshua Dawson, Thomas Kauffman, Jason Wiese

CHI '23: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 23--28, 2023, Hamburg, DEU, 2023

Reenvisioning Patient Education with Smart Hospital Patient Rooms

Joshua Dawson, K. Jens Phanich, Jason Wiese

Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol., vol. 7(4), 2023, pp. 1-23

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Jul 17, 2023

Our paper on CloudLab project is accepted in CSCW 2023! Hannah will present the paper in CSCW 2023 conference at Minneapolis.

Jul 7, 2023

Sinthia's paper is accepted in IMWUT 2023! Prof. Wiese will present the paper in UbiComp/ ISWC 2023 conference at Cancun, Mexico.

Jun 6, 2023

Kazi Sinthia Kabir passed her PhD dissertation defense. Congratulations, Dr. Kabir!

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Advancing the Path for a More Human-centered Design of Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs)

This project focuses on advancing the path for designing more user-centered JITAIs. Specifically, this work will provide guidelines for designing JITAIs that account for the diverse ways users interact with technology for supporting health and well-being.

Making Smart Hospitals Useful

Smart hospitals are arriving, driven by the vision to enhance the patient experience, reduce operational burden, and improve hospital workflow. We explore how the technology employed in patient rooms better supports patients' needs.

Designing Technology for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury to Facilitate Self-care Adherence

Individuals with spinal cord injuries often have to perform numerous self-care activities. Performing pressure reliefs is one such behavior to prevent pressure ulcers. We investigate technological solutions to increase pressure relief adherence.

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Personal Data and Empowerment Lab

Kahlert School of Computing

University of Utah

50 Central Campus Drive Rm. 3190
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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