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Community-Driven Design Workshop at DIS 2019

Workshop Description: Exploring, Defining, & Advancing Community-Driven Design for Social Impact

Call for Participation

The DIS community is extending its reach into social impact issues, which will require an examination of assumptions behind its methods to increase the likelihood of positive effects and reduce negative unintended consequences. The purpose of this workshop is to engage the design community in exploring, defining, and, if deemed a valuable concept, advancing community-driven design. We invite DIS community members to submit one-page position papers in response to this concept of community-driven design (see workshop description) to explore, define, and advance community-driven design with us. Consider critiquing our current formulation, challenging implicit assumptions we may be making, responding to the dimensions we raise, or responding to the questions we pose. We are explicitly interested in inviting a wide range of perspectives on the topic to explore if community-driven design is a valuable concept and, if so, when, and where it could be of value.  Other options could include sharing stories on work you are involved with that are powered by communities or sharing ways in which established approaches, such as participatory design, have succeeded or not towards cultivating communities.

Within your one-page description, please include details about yourself, including why you were inspired to submit and what assets you offer for advancing this conversation with others.

Please email your one-page documents to Eric Hekler, AND Jennifer Taylor, jtaylor@eng.ucsd.eduUPDATED: For full consideration, please submit by May 1, 2019 at 11:59p PT. Based on the one-page submissions, we will then send follow-up invitations by April 30, which will give accepted participants a week to still register at the early bird registration rates.  Note that selection will be made both on the quality of you submission and also on the desire to have a diverse group of participants.


ucsd design lab heckler DIS 2019

Eric Hekler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Director of the Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems within the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD, and the faculty member of the Design Lab at UCSD.  His research is broadly focused on advancing methods in the design, creation, optimization, evaluation, and reuse (scaling up and out) of digital health technologies. His goal is to contribute towards a form of applied science that facilitates equitable participation, contribution, and benefit. There are three interdependent themes to his research for advancing. 1) methods for optimizing adaptive behavioral interventions; 2) methods and processes to help people help themselves: and 3) research pipelines to achieve efficient, rigorous, context-relevant solutions for complex problems. He has over 100 publications that span the many disciplines he contributes and has an active federal and foundation funding. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of digital health.

design lab jennifer taylor ucsd

Jennifer Taylor, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the The Design Lab and the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at UC San Diego. Her main focus is cultivating relationships between the university and external community partners, toward developing models for academic researchers to collaborate with other public and private sector organizations as well as individual citizens and citizen groups grounded in the local community. She is interested in how we approach design with and for people to build products, services, and systems supporting health and wellbeing. Her prior work includes developing and testing behavioral interventions targeting dietary behaviors among youth. Jennifer has a PhD from UC Davis in nutritional biology and human development, and a MS from the University of Vermont in nutrition.

ucsd design lab steven dow DIS 2019

Steven Dow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego where he research human-computer interaction, social computing, and creativity. Dow received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015 for research on “advancing collective innovation” and was co-PI on four other National Science Foundation grants, a Google Faculty Grant, Stanford’s Postdoctoral Research Award, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. Before UCSD, Dow was an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University and a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Stanford University. Dow received his MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa.

ucsd design lab DIS 2019

m.c. is a professor of computer science and human performance, and leads the Wellth Lab at the University of Southampton. The Lab focuses on human-systems interaction with the mission to #makeNormalBetter. In 2014 m.c. lead the first Dagstuhl workshop on HCI and proactive Health, and has lead to a variety of workshops like and articles like to design from both a better understanding of how the body actually functions; to think about performance as well as prevention, and to focus on intervention design at scale rather than individual alone. m.c.’s research beyond health also focuses on human personhood, and how design of automated systems can ensure individual and social consent is respected at internet scale and speed of its data-sharing communications. m.c. is also an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach, nutritionist and functional neurology coach – m.c.’s work can be found at and she can be found on twitter @mcphoo and Instagram @m.c.phoo.

sayali phatak ucsd design lab

Sayali Phatak is a PhD candidate in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Her work broadly focuses on designing solutions to support individuals and communities in managing their health and well-being. She’s particularly interested in strategies that facilitate self-learning, such as self-experimentation. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received an MS in sports science from Bangor University, UK and a BS in nutrition and dietetics from SNDT University, India.

design lab don norman future of design

Don Norman is Director of the UC San Diego Design Lab and a sometimes contributor to Human-Computer Interaction.

design lab faren grant ucsd

Faren Grant is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Health in the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She received her MA and PhD in Behavioral Medicine (Psychology) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a BA in Psychology from Emory University.

ucsd design lab dana lewis DIS 2019

After building her own DIY “artificial pancreas,” Dana Lewis helped found the open source artificial pancreas movement (known as “OpenAPS”), making safe and effective artificial pancreas technology available (sooner) for people with diabetes around the world. She is part of the #WeAreNotWaiting movement & engages with patient communities globally to solve healthcare problems in new and innovative ways. She’s working to scale patient-led innovation and scientific discovery in more patient communities. She is active on Twitter as @DanaMLewis.

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