[Blueboard] Emphatic Fitness Trackers lecture by Dr. Gloria Washington.

Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo mrodrigo at ateneo.edu
Thu May 18 15:30:49 +08 2017

The ALLS Lecture Series

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 5:00 to 5:30, Faura 223 



Empathetic Fitness Tracker



The incidence of children with chronic disease is growing in the U.S. and
these children have special educational needs that relate to the way they
learn how to care for themselves. Children with chronic disease learn
positive health behaviors taught through self-management education taught by
patient advocates, nurses, and their families. Unfortunately, this education
usually begins around age 10 or 12; leading some to develop unhealthy habits
and lack self-efficacy in improving their health. Fitness trackers were
first created to help adults keep abreast of their fitness goals. However,
these devices are slowly being introduced to children. There are no health
and wellness technologies that are designed for children and exploit human
physiological information to interpret and empathize with a child's mental
and/or physical health. Additionally, social cognitive models/theories were
developed to help educational professionals identify the factors that
influence how a person learns positive and negative health behaviors. These
models include factors related to ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status.
Although these factors have proved significant in helping to design
educational interventions for health psychologists; these theories have not
been adapted for creation of educational materials relevant to children with
chronic disease. There exists an opportunity for a new genre of fitness
trackers that empathizes with the user, teaches positive health behaviors,
contributes to a child's self-efficacy and emphasizes the scientific
underpinnings of a disease. This tool should also allow children the ability
to teach themselves, their peers, and their caregivers through show and
tell, positive reinforcement, and fun game-based activities.

This talk focuses on introduction of a new empathetic fitness tracker that
is used for instructional teaching of young children with chronic disease. 


Dr. Gloria Washington is an Assistant Professor at Howard University in the
Computer Science Department. At Howard, she runs the Affective Biometrics
Lab and performs research with her students on affective computing,
biometrics, and computer science education. Her research is supported by the
Department of Homeland Security, Leidos, and the TIDES Foundation. Before
coming to Howard University she was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral
Research Fellow in the Department of Computing Science at Clemson
University. She performed research on identifying individuals based solely
from pictures of their ears. Dr. Washington has more than fifteen years in
Government service and has presented on her research throughout industry.
Ms. Washington holds M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from The George
Washington University, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from
Lincoln University of Missouri.


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Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Ph.D.


Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences


Professor and Graduate Programs Director

Department of Information Systems and Computer Science

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

+63 (2) 426 6071




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