The Personal Data and Empowerment Lab is a Human-Centered Computing research lab in the 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. 
Lab hike up Little Mountain!


“We’re Not Meant to Deal with Crisis for a Year”: Supporting Frontline Healthcare Providers’ Wellness During a Pandemic

Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Alexandra Flis, Melody Mickens, Stephen K. Trapp, Jason Wiese

Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Springer International Publishing, Virtual, 2022, pp. 147-163

A Review of Personal Informatics Research for People with Motor Disabilities (To Appear)

Tamanna Motahar, Jason Wiese

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies , IMWUT (To Appear), 6:2(66), 2022

Identifying Factors That Inhibit Self-care Behavior among Individuals with Severe Spinal Cord Injury

Tamanna Motahar, Isha Ghosh, Jason Wiese

CHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, 2022 Apr 27, pp. 1-16

The Impact of Spinal Cord Injury on Participation in Human-Centered Research

Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Ahmad Alsaleem, Jason Wiese

Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2021, pp. 1902–1914

Less is More: Exploring Support for Time Management Planning

John R. Lund, Jason Wiese

DIS '21, Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2021, pp. 392–405

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Tetra-Sport: Collaborative Sport Experiences for Individuals with Tetraplegia

Adaptive skiing and adaptive sailing experiences for and with individuals with tetraplegia.

Designing Self-tracking Technology for Prostate Cancer Patients

This project was in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.  Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. Studies suggest that this cancer can recur even after succ...

Personal Data Empowerment: An Exploration with Indoor Air Quality Sensors

The tablet interface of the deployed MAAV technology probeAir quality is important, varies across time and space, and is largely invisible. Pioneering past work deploying air quality monitors in residential environments found that study participants im...

Improving Personal Informatics Tools for Planning

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, tedious, and time-consum...

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.


May 15, 2020

A Best Paper Award and an Honorable Mention Award for our two papers accepted to DIS 2020! Congrats Ahmad! (Link)


Personal Data and Empowerment Lab

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School of Computing

University of Utah

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