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Studio Session: Telestration – How Helena Mentis Applies Design Thinking to Surgery

Tuesday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UCSD Design Lab, Atkinson Hall

Crafting the Image in Surgery    
Recent years have seen a growth in the possibilities of new imaging and interaction technologies in surgery. With these new technologies, a new practice is instantiated in creating a view of the body for the surgeons to work with. In this talk, I discuss the productive and cross-referential nature of surgical practice and image use. I will present findings from imaging interaction practices in a wide array of minimally invasive surgeries and from the design and deployment of a gestural interaction device and a head-mounted video camera. Drawing on observations and analysis of the work around and through the images, I examine how the surgeons craft a view in order to facilitate the co-construction of knowledge and shared decision making. I use these findings to discuss further design directions for intraoperative image interaction as well as surgical telemedicine.

As the ACM SIGCHI Executive Vice President, Dr. Mentis invites students to join her after her talk to learn how to get more involved with the professional organization as well as the SIGCHI-sponsored conferences themselves. Feel free to come with your questions as this will be a discussion-style event.

Helena Mentis, Ph.D.,
 is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research contributes to the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and health informatics. She investigates how new interactive sensors can be integrated into the operating room to support medical collaboration and care. Before UMBC, she was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Microsoft Research Cambridge and the University of Cambridge, and was an ERCIM postdoctoral scholar at Mobile Life in Sweden. She received her Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.

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