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Important Dates

Health Community Walk & Talk

When: Tuesday, 8th May at 4:00 PM

Where: Meet at CHI Registration Desk


In the spirit of creating technology for better health, we are promoting healthy habits among members of the CHI community. In this event, we will meet at the CHI registration desk and do quick introductions to everyone for the first 10 minutes as well as brainstorm possible topics for discussion. We will then head out and get some fresh air and exercise via a walk for about 40 minutes. The walk route will be out-and-back along the Lady Bird Lake Trail. Participants will be encouraged to network with one another and talk about their research with new members of the community during the walk. Afterwards, if there is interest, groups can self-organize for dinner to continue conversations and networking.

Message from the Health Community Chairs

The Health Community will be a Featured Community for the second time at CHI 2012. Health is a fundamental aspect of human life. So, it is not surprising that CHI has long had an interest in the intersection of HCI and Health. As our understanding of technologies, systems, and practices related to health continues to increase, it is an exciting time to be a part of a CHI Health Community. Contributions to this community focus on a wide variety of issues related to health, both within and outside of a clinical setting. Please read the full Health Community proposal (.pdf, 88 KB) for a more thorough description of the community.

Researchers and practitioners have been examining health-related issues in many different contexts. For some, health begins at home, is preventive, and uses a holistic approach including nutrition, exercise, and mental and emotional well-being. For others, the greatest concerns may be centered on acute care and hospital settings. For still others, health means tackling human development, growth, and eventually decline. Interactive systems for health, therefore, can include assistive technologies, personal informatics and persuasive technologies, clinical systems, home healthcare devices and communication technologies, telemedicine, and much more.

Some of the most interesting research, compelling designs, and innovative technologies represented at CHI over the years have been related to health. A strong Health Community at CHI ensures continued interdisciplinary discussion around health, technology, and interaction as this exciting area of research and practice continues to evolve.

Please check out the calls and start working on your submission.

We hope to see you in Austin!

Karen Cheng & Julie Kientz