Author Archives: Ellen Yi-Luen Do

Alive Inside

New documentary ‘Alive Inside’ shows power of music on elderly

An inspiring clip has been released from new documentary Alive Inside, showing the extraordinary therapeutic benefits music can have on the elderly.

if you are in NY, you can go see the full film


The Sandbag Shelters

anybody in this world
should be able to build a shelter for his or her family
with the simplest of elements –
earth, water, air, and fire

Nader Khalili

The quantified self

The quantified self

Counting every moment

Technology and health: Measuring your everyday activities can help improve your quality of life, according to aficionados of “self-tracking”

THE idea of measuring things to chart progress towards a goal is commonplace in large organisations. Governments tot up trade figures, hospital waiting times and exam results; companies measure their turnover, profits and inventory. But the use of metrics by individuals is rather less widespread, with the notable exceptions of people who are trying to lose weight or improve their fitness. Most people do not routinely record their moods, sleeping patterns or activity levels, track how much alcohol or caffeine they drink or chart how often they walk the dog.

But some people are doing just these things. They are an eclectic mix of early adopters, fitness freaks, technology evangelists, personal-development junkies, hackers and patients suffering from a wide variety of health problems. What they share is a belief that gathering and analysing data about their everyday activities can help them improve their lives—an approach known as “self-tracking”, “body hacking” or “self-quantifying”.

Midterm Pecha Kucha

We will have a Pecha-Kucha format Midterm Project presentation on 3/6. Please consult the CIC categories when you think about your ideas – you could present a couple ideas in your 20×20 slides. Here are some more ideas for themes or AHRI categories.

CIC Categories

Expressive craft

Readings: (for 2/28)

  • The drift table: designing for ludic engagement, William W. Gaver, John Bowers, Andrew Boucher, Hans Gellerson, Sarah Pennington, Albrecht Schmidt, Anthony Steed, Nicholas Villars, Brendan Walker, April 2004, CHI ’04: CHI ’04 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 885-900 doi>10.1145/985921.985947 pdf
  • Leah Buechley, Nwanua Elumeze, Michael Eisenberg (2006), Electronic/computational textiles and children’s crafts in IDC ’06: Proceedings of the 2006 conference on Interaction design and children IDC 06: 49-56
  • John Zimmerman (2003) Exploring the role of emotion in the interaction design of digital music players, in DPPI ’03: Proceedings of the 2003 international conference on Designing pleasurable products and interfaces, 152-153, pdf
  • Pieter Jan Stappers: Creative connections: user, designer, context, and tools. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 10(2-3): 95-100 (2006) pdf

Interaction and Tangible Bits

Readings to discuss 2/21

  • Winslow Burleson and Rosalind W Picard, Evidence for Gender Specific Approaches to the Development of Emotionally Intelligent Learning Companions,” IEEE Intelligent Systems, Special issue on Intelligent Educational Systems – Jul/Aug ’07, pdf
  • Tangible bits: towards seamless interfaces between people, bits and atoms – Hiroshi Ishii, Brygg Ullmer, ACM CHI 91, Pages: 234-241 [pdf] or use library login to [ACM portal]

touch and feel

reading to discuss 2/14

  • Ylva Fernaeus, Mattias Jacobsson (2009) Comics, Robots, Fashion and Programming: outlining the concept of actDresses in TEI 2009 (Tangible and Embedded Interaction) TEI 09 pdf
  • Stephen Wensveen, Kees Overbeeke, Tom Djajadiningrat (2000) Touch me, hit me and I know how you feel: a design approach to emotionally rich interaction, Designing Interactive Systems, Proceedings of the 3rd conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques DIS 00 48-52