The Personal Data and Empowerment Lab is a Human-Centered Computing research lab in the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah. Our research focuses on empowering end users in their everyday lives with useful access to their personal data and other novel computing experiences.
Jason, Josh, Sinthia, John, Jens, Ashlyn, and Tamanna posing for a group picture on the University of Utah campus
End of semester lab froyo!
A photo of the PeDEL lab group in the mountains above Salt Lake City.
Lab photo at CHI 2022 in New Orleans!

Recent Publications

"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

Adding Domain-Specific Features to a Text-Editor to Support Diverse, Real-World Approaches to Time Management Planning

Jason Wiese, John R. Lund, Kazi Sinthia Kabir

ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2023

Cultivating Altruism Around Computing Resources: Anticipation Work in a Scholarly Community

Johanna Cohoon, Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Tamanna Motahar, Jason Wiese

Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 7(CSCW2), 2023

Building “Design Empathy” for People with Disabilities: An Unsolved Challenge in HCI Education

Tamanna Motahar, Noelle Brown, Eliane Stampfer Wiese, Jason Wiese

EduCHI '23, Proceedings of the 5th Annual Symposium on HCI Education, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2023, pp. 68–71

Closing the Gap: Aligning Developers’ Expectations and Users’ Practices in Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Tamanna Motahar, Johanna Cohoon, Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Jason Wiese

The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) Conference, 2023

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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!

Apr 23, 2023

Two papers are accepted in CHI 2023! Josh and Prof. Wiese are presenting them in the CHI 2023 conference at Hamburg, Germany

Mar 2, 2023

Prof. Wiese receives Google award for inclusion research. Congratulations, Prof. Wiese. (Link)

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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.

Usage Patterns of Cloudlab Users

By conducting user research on Cloudlab, we can design this scholarly infrastructure to be easier to learn and more useful for researchers.

Supporting Remote and Hybrid Workers in Crafting Work and Family Boundaries

Remote work can offer benefits to workers and employers, but removing the physical boundary between work-life and home-life increases the likelihood of work encroaching on family life and family responsibilities interrupting work.

Improving Personal Informatics Tools for Planning

Motivation and Vision Planning is an important activity for people to accomplish many common goals, such as losing weight, saving money, or increasing productivity. Yet, planning out concrete actions to accomplish these goals can be feel burdensome, t...

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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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