Personal Data and Empowerment Lab


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!


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

Exploring the Personal Informatics Analysis Gap: 'There's a Lot of Bacon'

Jimmy Moore, Pascal Goffin, Jason Wiese, Miriah Meyer

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (VIS), IEEE, 2021, pp. 95-105

Personal Context from Mobile Phones—Case Study 5

Jason Wiese

Intelligent Computing for Interactive System Design: Statistics, Digital Signal Processing, and Machine Learning in Practice, 2021, pp. 341--376

Applying Ability-Based Design Principles to Adaptive Outdoor Activities

Ahmad Alsaleem, Ross Imburgia, Andrew Merryweather, Jeffrey Rosenbluth, Stephen K Trapp, Jason Wiese

Proceedings of the 2020 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20), Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2020

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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...


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