School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Patrick Shih
Seminar Date: Wed, 14/03/2018 - 09:00
Venue: 78-420
Host: Assoc Prof Stephen Viller

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar


I am interested in utilizing a combination of human-centered design methods, big data analytics, deployment of smart/wearable personal informatics devices, and community-based interventions to support physical and mental wellbeing. Through a series of studies, I will demonstrate how personal data analytics can improve individual behaviors through the integration of active reflection into social practices. I will discuss how community-based interventions can provide tangible help and social support for marginalized and stigmatized populations. Finally, I will discuss how access to tools such as 3D printers and online work impact various marginalized communities by providing both a deep feeling of self-reliance as well as a sense of community. I will then describe my current trajectory, which aims to extend this research using environmental sensing and better understandings of the other stakeholders (e.g., peers, loved ones, and nonhuman others) in our immediate ecosystems.


Dr. Patrick C. Shih is an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington, where he founded and directs the Societal Computing Lab (SoCo Lab). He was formerly a Research Associate and Lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University from 2012 to 2015. He earned his Ph.D.

in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, his M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA. His industry experience includes Microsoft Research and IBM Research. His research focuses on the study of sociotechnical systems and mechanisms to enhance physical and mental wellbeing and to facilitate civic engagement and environmental stewardship. His website can be found at