HCI Lab for Health & Sustainability (HCIL) is an interdisciplinary research lab within the school of communication and information at Rutgers University. We study human behaviors, create new computing technologies, and evaluate the use of new systems in real world settings to improve the quality of everyday life.
Our research projects are clustered into three major themes: healthcare, everyday wellbeing and environmental sustainability. Our research takes a wide range of approaches within the principles of Human-Computer Interaction and user-centered design — from traditional to new technologies, from an individual to local communities to nationwide, from home to further abroad.
Health is central to the quality of life. A properly designed technology can help patients better understand their conditions in clinical contexts and better manage their health on their own in their daily lives.
We are focusing on studying human behaviors and designing personal wearable and mobile systems that can empower patients by taking an active role in their own healthcare experience.
Everyday wellbeing is more than just physical health — it involves your emotions, social relationship with others, economic status, and so forth. Incorporating technology into everyday routine can help maintain and enhance the quality of everyday wellbeing.
We are focusing on the care of our daily lives, shaping healthy everyday behaviors, driving innovation and promoting social justice.
Maintaining a healthy environment is critical to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life. Environmental sustainability includes trying to live in harmony with the Earth by understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment, and taking action to protect the world around you.
We are focusing on designing technologies to protect people from environmental hazards and minimizing the negative impact of human behavior on the environment.
HCIL is a new research group starting September 2016, and currently seeking fun, engaging and self-motivated students to join our group. If you are interested in joining it, please send an email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a brief description of your previous research experiences & current research interests.