CS Talk - Sunyoung Kim

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 10:30am
BCT MC035, Becton Seminar Room See map
15 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

CS Talk - Sunyoung Kim

Title: Sensing and Feedback for the Quality of Everyday Life

Host: Holly Rushmeier

Coffee/tea - 10:15, BCT MC035


There is often a profound disparity between the perceived and actual quality of our health, everyday life and environment. My research addresses ways technology, by providing accurate sensing data, can help close the gaps between actual and perceived health and environmental quality of life, enabling people to make better decisions and improve the quality of their lives. My work is grounded in the assumption that people can make more effective choices to meet their concerns when they are better informed about the current considerations. In this talk, I will present three types of sensing and feedback technology that I have developed to enhance awareness and promote health and environmental sustainability. I will first present the design and evaluation of inAir, a system that measures, visualizes, and shares information about indoor air quality. InAir is the first persuasive indoor air quality monitoring system for personal reflection and behavioral modification. I will then discuss the design and deployment of mobile applications for supporting citizen science activities for environmental sustainability. Finally, I will describe current research on designing a wearable sensor to help patients with congestive heart failure to easily monitor and manage their conditions on a daily basis. Throughout the talk, I will interweave my design approach to sensing and feedback technology derived from human-computer interaction methods and a user-centric perspective.


Sunyoung Kim is a CRCS postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University supervised by Krysztof Gajos and Barbara Grosz. Her research focuses on improving the quality of everyday life through the use of technology. Leveraging mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies, she explores novel technical solutions that empower people to better understand the world around them and make informed choices for quality of life. In pursuit of this goal, she designs, builds, and evaluates new technologies that address such high-impact social problems. She received her Ph.D degree from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Eric Paulos and Jennifer Mankoff. Before, she received her MS degree in Human-computer interaction from the School of interactive Computing at Georgia Tech advised by Gregory Abowd. Before coming to Georgia Tech, She worked as an interaction designer and a project manager for Internet media and mobile and ubiquitous devices. She was a recipient of IBM Graduate Ph.D Fellowship 2011.