Date: Mon, 14/11/2011 - 10:30
Place: CREATE-NET - Sala grande palazzina B
In this talk, Dr. Connelly will discuss her approach to designing and evaluating technology that helps people manage and improve their own health. Grounded in health behavior theories, such as Bandura's social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model of change, Dr. Connelly will introduce three distinct projects that target both healthy and sick populations. The first project is an electronic food diary for an inner-city dialysis population which has difficulty tracking their nutrient and fluid intake. Challenges in designing for this population include low education and literacy levels, as well as lack of exposure to technology. The second project investigates the use of text messages to increase physical activity levels in healthy, young adults. The project explores the effectiveness of messages depending on the content and source of the message. The final project looks at technologies in the homes of seniors citizens to help them lead healthy, active lifestyles, and maintain independence. Issues of user acceptance, such as privacy, are a core focus of this project.
Prof. Kay Connelly, Indiana University
Dr. Kay Connelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and the Director of the Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information. Her research interests are in the intersection of mobile and pervasive computing and healthcare. In particular, she is interested in issues that influence user acceptance of health technologies, such as privacy, integration into one's lifestyle, convenience, and utility. Dr. Connelly works with a variety of patient groups, including very sick populations who need help in managing their disease, healthy populations interested in preventative care, and senior citizens looking to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Dr. Connelly received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Indiana University (1995), and an MS (1999) and PhD (2003) in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.