Pedja Klasnja is a new assistant professor in the School of Information. He has a PhD in information science from the University of Washington and was a National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in UW’s Division of Biomedical Informatics. He joined the School of Information faculty in July.
SI 582: “Introduction to Interaction Design”
Pedja’s research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction and health informatics. He investigates how technology — and particularly mobile technology — can support people’s efforts to manage their health in everyday life. In his work, Pedja uses a broad range of methods, including experience sampling, field studies, surveys, and rapid prototyping.
One of Pedja’s main research interests is to support people’s efforts to change their habits in order to decrease their risk factors and improve their health. In collaboration with colleagues at Intel Research, Pedja worked on mobile phone applications that used wearable sensors and persistent feedback to encourage regular physical activity. Pedja is currently extending this work to investigate how mobile technologies can support patients with diabetes to manage their condition more effectively by helping them to understand aspects of their daily routines that aid or interfere with their health management.
The second strand of Pedja’s research investigates how patients with cancer manage information during treatment. To support care management, he developed HealthWeaver Mobile, a mobile-phone application that helps patients to quickly capture and access their care information and to ensure that they have all relevant information during clinic visits. Currently, Pedja is investigating how cancer patients can better share information about their symptoms, concerns, and other health issues with their care providers both during and between clinic visits.
Finally, Pedja is very interested in developing better methods for evaluating technologies for health management, especially during early stages of development. He wants to understand how we can know if a new technology is doing what it is supposed to be doing, how users experience the technology and integrate it into their lives, and through which pathways the technology is affecting users’ health management practices.