At the University of Michigan I met Pedja Klasnja, who is a professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health. He is an active reseacher in the field of HCI and health. We recently organized a Dagstuhl seminar on „Life-long health behavior change technology“ together. We used the time to talk about the follow up activities and commitments that came out of the workshop – so stay tuned. With Eytan Adar who is an Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of Michigan I talked about large scale dating and the mechanisms to explore late data collections. We talked about the challenges of Information Visualization and Information Retrieval and our work in the field of sophisticated visual interfaces and ranking methods to enable end-users in discovering knowledge hidden in multi-dimensional geospatial databases (UrbanExplorer, (video).
I was also giving a talk in the department and very interesting discussions on meaningful moments for digital interventions with Susan Murphy from the School of Public Health and Imbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani from the Institute for Social Research. A very interesting work my team will be looking into is the notion of how to run digital intervention studies. The work on micro-randomized trials is a very promising approach to run different kind of experimental conditions of mobile digital interventions to better learn about mobile health interventions. We will definitely look into it.