PITCH-ers Angela Smith, Ashley Walker, and Ada Ng will be attending CHI 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

Angela Smith was accepted to the 3rd annual CHI Mentoring (CHIMe) Symposium, a two-day workshop designed to bring together a unique, talented group of researchers to discuss aspects such as culture, socio-economic background, gender, race, physical and mental abilities, etc., and their incorporation in the systems that we build and study.  Given HCI’s focus on both computing, design, and people, there is a clear argument for the development of diverse researchers who bring to bear a wide range of experiences in their approaches to problem-solving. CHI Mentoring (CHIMe) was designed to do exactly that.

Ashley Walker‘s position paper “A Social Ecological Model of Privacy” was accepted to Networked Privacy workshop.
The goal of this one-day workshop is to promote important discussions in the CHI community around the varied privacy needs and expectations of users, and rethink the “one-size fits all” approach to privacy. These issues are especially important for diverse populations, including people from different cultural backgrounds and users of various age ranges. We will invite leading researchers from the HCI community, social sciences and other diverse backgrounds to work collaboratively to develop viable solutions that will support users’ individual differences in privacy.

Ada Ng was invited to speak about her work “Veterans’ Perspectives on Fitbit Use in Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Interview Study” at the 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health.
The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2030, mental illnesses will be the leading disease burden globally. Advances in technology create opportunities for close collaboration between computation and mental health researchers. The intersection between ubiquitous computing and sensing, social media, data analytics and emerging technologies offers promising avenues for developing technologies to help those in mental distress. Yet for these to be useful and usable, human-centered design and evaluation will be essential. The third in our series of Symposia on Computing and Mental Health will provide an opportunity for researchers to come together under the auspices of CHI to discuss the design and evaluation of new mental health technologies. Our emphasis is on understanding users and how to increase engagement with these technologies in daily life.

Ada will also be speaking on her “Designing Digital Treatment for Eating Disorders in Military Personnel” abstract which was  accepted to the Designing Recipes for Digital Food Lifestyles workshop.
This workshop seeks to extend the existing HFI research by addressing personal, socio-political, and environmental consequences of digital food lifestyles. More specifically, our focus is on digital technologies used in food making (e.g. ‘smart’ kitchenware, digital and Machine Learning cookbooks; diet planning (e.g. diet tracking devices and personalized nutrition services); food sharing (food sharing apps and IoT sensors); dining (e.g. social dining services and interactive dining tools); and also food play (celebratory technology, food based games). While approaching digital food cultures as a contested area navigated by stakeholders from corporate, governmental, as well as private and NGO sector, we want to critically unpack issues surrounding digital food technologies, and address questions such as: What advantages and challenges does digital food technology bring into the day-to-day lives of users? What are the present digital food trends and controversies and how will they look in the near future? How can HCI help scaffold these developments and support playful but also sustainable, safe, and just digital food practices?