Human System Interaction-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Human System Interaction Thrust (HSIT)

Lead: Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon

HSIT directly supports the QOLT Center focus on transformative research and products by addressing a major research challenge: dynamically adjustable human-system interfaces. These types of interfaces use data to determine human state and dynamically adjust an interface to account for any changes. HSIT research, when integrated into transformative product families, reduces the labor needed to deploy technology, address issues of complexity, and increase the availability of care while addressing the remoteness of a person’s immediate family.

HSIT has identified what it calls high-stress transitions, or cusps, in life where technology can be particularly helpful in retaining independence. Examples of cusps include cognitive or physical changes due to accident or aging and moving into a managed care environment. To make useful products for these times in life, HSIT is exploring:

  • Logging and inferring for activity sensing
  • Authoring of individualized plans
  • Presentation of information
  • Diagnosis of user capabilities
  • Personal Agency for information technology access
  • Automatic QoLT synthesis
  • Autonomic self-management
  • Brain control interface