Category: Personal Informatics

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QS18 Preview: Map Your Ovulatory Cycle with Continuous Body Temperature

September 9, 2018

  Surprisingly little of the attention and funding turned to personalized, predictive, preventative medicine has focused on the female reproductive system: pregnancy onset cannot be quickly identified, menopause onset and trajectory remain entirely mysterious, and adverse reactions to tools like hormonal birth control are difficult to anticipate. Importantly, there are no automated, cheap, high-accuracy methods…

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Psychogeography By Sabastian Meier and Katrin Glinka

July 30, 2018

In honor of today being the last day of the existence of Moves, the app from which so many Quantified Self projects drew their location data, I thought I’d post this artwork by Sabastian Meier and Katrin Glinka, who constructed city models based on connecting Moves data with their memories. For discussion of the demise of…

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Randy Sargent on Using Spectrograms to Visualize Heart Rate Variability

January 4, 2016

Let’s start 2016 with a very interesting talk by Randy Sargent about how to visualize the very large data sets produced by some kinds of self-tracking. Randy’s idea about using spectrograms, normally used for audio signals, to create a portrait of your own time series data, is completely novel as far as I know. If…

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Gary Wolf: Even when I'm active, I'm sedentary

October 2, 2014

We recently released our QS Access app, which allows you to see HealthKit data in tabular format. Not very many tools feed data into HealthKit yet, but Apple’s platform does pick up step data gathered by the iPhone itself. I have step data on HealthKit going back about two weeks. When Ernesto Ramirez and I…

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Quick and Reliable Mood Measurement

October 26, 2012

Sami Inkinen, triathalete, self-quantifier, and founder of Trulia, measures his mood on a five point scale every morning, within five minutes of waking up. This method fascinates me. I do something similar (though I use only a three point scale). Sami has found that this quick and easy measurement reliably correlates with his athletic performance,…

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Living Without Numbers

October 23, 2012

Here at Quantified Self we talk about living with numbers. Look a few inches above these words and it’s right there in our four-word tagline: self knowledge through numbers. Information, increasingly numerical information, is becoming a driving force in the world. We’re surrounded by numerical representations of ourselves in almost all aspects of our lives. Probably no…

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QS Primer: Case-Crossover Design

August 21, 2012

We’ve already published this QS Show&Tell talk by Mark Drangsholt about using self-tracking to identify the triggers of his heart problems, lessen their frequency, and make good decisions about treatment. I’m re-posting it here to focus on attention on the interesting and powerful method Mark used, the case-crossover design, and invite you to think about…

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Personal Informatics in Practice: Enabling People to Capture, Manage and Control Information for Lifelong Goals

May 22, 2012

Debjanee Barua is PhD student of Computer Science in University of Sydney. She works in CHAI research group. She designs and develops software framework and user interfaces for Personal Informatics. Judy Kay is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Sydney. Her research is in technologies for human computer interaction, supporting personalisation, pervasive and…

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Personal Informatics in Practice: Deep Personalization

May 15, 2012

Bon Adriel Aseniero is currently a computer science undergraduate researcher at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale and Dr. Anthony Tang. He has an interest in Art and Aesthetic Design, while his research is mainly in Personal Informatics and Visual Analytics. I have used some applications in my phone that…

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Understanding Self-Efficacy and the Design of Personal Informatics Tools

May 8, 2012

Adrienne Andrew is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Washington. She is interested in studying how people use food diaries on mobile phones: what challenges “typically motivated” users have, balance between capturing less detailed yet still valuable food information, and identifying new ways to organize food databases to support a wider…

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Spark: Visualizing Physical Activity Using Abstract Ambient Art

May 1, 2012

Chloe Fan has been self-tracking since she was 14 years old and saw the first Harry Potter movie in theaters. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute. After finding her passion for data visualization and information design for self-tracking tools, she has decided to take a year off grad school…

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Thinking About Side Effects of Personal Informatics Systems

April 24, 2012

Victoria Schwanda Sosik is a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. She designs and evaluates technologies that support people towards goals of mental and physical wellbeing. She works with Dan Cosley in the Reimagination Lab.   Personal Informatics systems often deal in domains and utilize data that are just that: personal. These systems…

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Personal Informatics for Self-Regulated Learning

April 3, 2012

Ryan Muller is a PhD student at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He researches principles for designing technology that stimulates our intrinsic drive for mastery-based learning. Although the internet has fundamentally changed the speed and the scale of accessing information, that change has not seen such an impact in traditional forms of education….

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ECO|Balance: Exploring Design Issues for Mobile Persuasion

March 20, 2012

This is a guest post by Dominikus Baur,  a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. Dominikus is interested in personal visualization – how to make the large amounts of personal data available online accessible to their creators through visualization. His previous projects focused on visualizing personal music listening histories. Our busy daily lifes often make…

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Using Personal Informatics to Motivate Physical Activity: Could We Be Doing It Wrong?

March 13, 2012

This is a guest post by Patrick Burns, who is a PhD candidate in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. He is researching the use of technology to promote physical activity. His interests include ubiquitous and wearable computing and ambient displays. According to the World Health Organization…

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Personal Informatics In Practice: Reflection and Persuasion in Personal Informatics

March 6, 2012

This is a guest post by Sean Munson, a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Sean studies individual preferences and nudges, particular for encouraging people to read more diverse political news and helping them to live happier and healthier lives. Personal informatics is inherently tied to behavior: reported behavior, monitored behavior, and planned behavior. When people…

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Personal Informatics In Practice: A Cross-Platform Smartphone Brain Scanner

February 28, 2012

This is a guest post by Jakob Eg Larsen, an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) at the Cognitive Systems Section where he heads the mobile informatics lab (milab). His research interests include human-computer interaction, personal informatics, and augmented cognition. Better understanding of the intricate relations between our brains and behaviors is…