[talks] Distinguished Colloquium Speaker Mary Czerwinski, Monday Nov 20

Emily Lawrence emilyl at CS.Princeton.EDU
Wed Nov 15 13:26:43 EST 2017

Distinguished Colloquium Speaker

Dr. Mary Czerwinski from Microsoft Research

Thursday, November 20, 2017 - 12:30pm

Computer Science - Room 105

Host: Szymon Rusinkiewicz


Abstract: Affective computing is emerging as an important field in the
design of emotional, intelligent, conversational agents that can be used in
the healthcare arena, but also in everyday life.  In addition, ubiquitous
recording, both in the field and in the doctor's office/patient's home, has
influenced how we think about wellbeing in the future.  In our research, we
use sensing technologies to develop contextualized and precise delivery of
interventions, both in terms of the content and in the timing the
intervention delivery, using machine learning algorithms.  I will discuss
how we use affective computing technologies to deliver just in time health
interventions for improved health and for personal, behavioral reflection.
For example, I will describe the Entendre project, which has implications
for the design of visual feedback to encourage empathic patient-centered
communication. I will also talk about ParentGuardian, a wearable sensing
system that delivers just in time interventions to parents with ADHD
children.  In addition, I'll present our findings from two applications that
deliver interventions and skills from psychology for coping with conditions
ranging from general stress and depression to serious mental illness, like
the intent to commit suicide, using conversational agents that users trust.
Finally, I'll briefly touch on some of our designs for helping users to
reflect on their daily behaviors in order to improve general well-being.


Bio:  Dr. Mary Czerwinski is a Principle Researcher and Research Manager of
the Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group. Mary's latest
research focuses primarily on emotion tracking and intervention design and
delivery, information worker task management and health and wellness for
individuals and groups. Her research background is in visual attention and
multitasking. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Indiana
University in Bloomington. Mary was awarded the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service
Award, was inducted into the CHI Academy, and became an ACM Distinguished
Scientist in 2010. She also received the Distinguished Alumni award from
Indiana University's Brain and Psychological Sciences department in 2014.
Mary became a Fellow of the ACM in 2016. 


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