Edison Thomaz

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INF385T - Personal Informatics



Spring 2016, School of Information

Personal Informatics is a new, exciting area of study that focuses on streams of data that emerge from the individual. It provides the foundation for self-experimentation, self-awareness, and behavior change. This class covers many personal informatics topics, including:

  • Sources of personal informatics data
  • Active and passive methods for data collection
  • Concepts, models, and theories around personal data and personal informatics
  • Prototyping and evaluation of apps, user interfaces and visualizations around personal data
  • Sharing and privacy issues for personal data
  • Self-experimentation and self-reflection
  • Behavior change with personal data
  • Practical challenges of personal informatics
The course draws upon theories, methods and techniques from HCI, Ubicomp, and Infovis. Ultimately, the goal is to empower students to explore their own data, and build new applications, models, visualizations and interfaces around personal informatics.



Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

ethomaz at utexas dot edu
Twitter: @ethomaz

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