Lab News

ECL members present research at the Georgia Capitol | February 9, 2013

Maia Jacobs and Andrew Miller represented the GVU center and demoed their research as part of GT Day at the Capitol. On February 1, Andrew and Maia spoke to Georgia representatives and aides about their work, attended a session at the Georgia House of Representatives, and (most importantly) got their pictures taken with Buzz, the GT mascot.

Beth Mynatt at University of British Columbia for Distinguished Lecture | January 17, 2013

Today ECL founder Beth Mynatt was at the University of British Columbia (UBC), contributing a talk to the UBC Department of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series. You can view a video of Beth's talk; Combining Computing, Design and Healthcare: Charting an Agenda for Personal Health Informatics.

Andrew Miller recognized as Foley Scholar | October 24, 2012

The ECL's own Andrew Miller was recently recognized as a Foley Scholar! The Foley Scholarship, named in honor of the GVU Center's founder, recognizes outstanding researchers for their impact on critical societal challenges. Andrew was recognized for his work on StepStream, a social tool for adolescent health. Congratulations to Andrew and the other 2012 Foley Scholars!

Beth Mynatt Keynote Speaker at Wireless Health 2012 | October 23, 2012

Beth Mynatt gave a keynote presentation on Everyday Health at the 2012 Wireless Health conference in San Diego. This is the third annual installment of Wireless Health, a research forum that attracts academic, industry and government researchers from tech, policy and medical fields. Check out an audio track + slides, or view the original announcement.

Welcome to Jessica, Maia and James! | September 1, 2012

The ECL is thrilled to welcome three new members! Jessica Pater and Maia Jacobs are new Ph.D. students in the Human-Centered Computing program. James Clawson, himself a recent HCC graduate, joins us as a post-doc. Keep an eye out for their new research projects!

Graduation: Eugene Medynskiy, Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing | May 5, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Eugene Medynskiy! The ECL's senior Ph.D. student is now an official graduate of the Human-Centered Computing program. Eugene's dissertation project was Salud!, a platform for health self-management. Eugene's post-graduate life now begins at Snapfinger.

MEW an Honorable Mention at CHI 2012 | February 2, 2012

The Magic Exploration Wand's paper at CHI 2012 is an honorable mention for best paper! Kudos to authors Matt Bonner, Lan Wang and Beth Mynatt. Learn more about the MEW project, which probes how activities shape the work of Child Life Specialists, on our project page. See you in Austin!

Eugene Medynskiy in Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" list | December 24, 2011

Eugene Medynskiy has been named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" in Technology for his work on the Salud! project, as well as role in Usable Health.
You can view the entire 30 under 30 list using the link above, or jump directly to Eugene's profile.

Sandra Deal visits ECL | November 14, 2011

We were honored to receive a visit from Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal. Mrs. Deal is well-known for her activities in outreach, education, and community volunteering. She was interested in learning the SmartMenu, which is a commercialization of nutritional advice research conducted at the ECL. Mrs. Deal's visit began at Tin Drum in Tech Square, where she was able to see the SmartMenus in action. She then visited the Everyday Computing Lab and spoke with the students about their work. Mrs. Deal was accompanied by Beth Mynatt and Jiten Chhabra. The visit was arranged by Georgia Tech’s First Lady, Valerie Peterson.

The Tin Drum Study presented at the American Dietetic Association FNCE in Boston | February 10, 2011

Members of the Everyday Computing Lab created and deployed a personalized ordering terminal at a local Atlanta restaurant that provided diners with healthy eating suggestions as they placed their order. Preliminary findings show that 1 in 7 diners who ordered from the kiosk changed their order to an item that was closer to the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, in terms of its nutrient balance. These findings have a great bearing on the fight against obesity and other diet related chronic diseases.
In Dec 2010, Jiten presented the preliminary findings of this study at a session called "Extreme Makeover: Nutrition Edition" Consumer Informatics and Technology at the American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston. Here is a link to a video clip that has the complete audio for the talk superimposed with the slides used for the presentation.