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A comparison of off-the-shelf devices/sensors for tracking selected behavioral and physiological data

P0. Team Contract (Required for group projects)

Please complete by 3pm September 8th.

Create a team contract using this form that specifies how your team or pair will operate. Meet, learn about each other, share expectations with one another, select a team name, and write a contract. You should store the contract in a shared place, revisit it, and revise it as needed (updating the teaching staff if you do).

Here are some suggestions for items to include:

  • Choose a team name.
  • Decide on a weekly meeting time and arrange methods for remote participation.
  • Specify individual roles and desired behaviors (e.g., team manager will facilitate meetings, keep project on schedule, etc.)
  • Decide how to organize and manage project resources (e.g., version control, shared folder, naming conventions, etc.).
  • Perform process checks, as often as every meeting, to keep the team healthy.

Print out a hard copy of the signed contract to bring to the following class. One member of the team should also submit a soft copy of the signed team contract on T-Square by 3pm on September 8th.


P1. Project Proposal, Total: 100 points (grad) / 130 points (undergrad)

A. Preliminary Proposal 

(Grad: 30 points, undergrad: 39 points)

Your first deliverable will be a preliminary proposal that describes a health-related need or problem you wish to address (try to focus on health behaviors and/or attitudes).  Your proposal should describe the following parts (approx. 1 paragraph for each):

  • Your motivation for the project and understanding of the problem area.
  • Target user group and the proposed health or wellness goal.
  • Data you expect you will need to collect (e.g., interview data, a user’s steps, weight, heart-rate, mood, etc., or other types of data).
  • Preliminary, high-level type of technology or artifact that you will explore to address the problem or need, with a justification of your choice (why is this technology or artifact a good match for the problem you are trying to address?). Note: since we are following a UCD process, the ultimate technology will be decided after you have gathered and reviewed formative research input.
  • How specific skills and/or background of each member of the team will be applied (e.g., why can your team pull this off?)
  • A plan for how you can assess the user’s progress towards their health goal.
  • Proposed deliverables for P2, P3 and P4, with a tentative timeline (see P2, P3 and P4 due dates on the Schedule page).
    (Creating a timeline will help you determine whether the scope of your project is too big or too small).
  • Anticipated outcomes of the project (e.g., academic paper to submit to a personal health informatics-related venue, participating in a design competition, working demo or prototype, etc.).
  • Reference to Team Contract file (for group projects). You will submit the contract according to the instructions above, as a separate file, but must acknowledge that you have submitted it and provide the file name in this P1 document. Note: the professor has read and archived all team contracts, so this step is not necessary.

Submit a written, preliminary proposal on T-Square. One team member should submit the proposal The other members of the team should submit a statement (using the web form) stating who submitted the proposal document.

Part B. Ask an Expert 

(Grad: 25 points, undergrad: 32.5 points)

Interview a health expert (30 minutes) in the field to get a better understanding of your problem domain. Be prepared with a set of questions (make sure your other team members are also asking these questions) and improvise when you see the need. Talk to them about your project ideas to get their opinions on your approach. Don’t forget to thank the participants after the interview. If your project involves real patients, you may need to rely on the expert’s experience to better understand whom your target user is and how they will respond to your idea. Note that in some cases, you may consider patients as health experts depending on the project.

Using 2-3 pages, first describe who the expert is and why they were chosen. Then, list your interview questions and describe any other methods used to learn more from them about the problem domain. Summarize interesting findings from your interviews (use quotes when possible) and write down how any insights you learned affect your proposal.

Submit this portion of your project on T-Square. One team member should submit the document under the P1B assignment. The other members of the team should submit a statement (using the T-Square web form) stating who on their team submitted the document.

Part C. Ask the Class 

(Grad: 20 points, undergrad: 26 points)

Please be prepared to present by 3pm on Oct 2nd or Oct 4th (assignments to dates were discussed in class) and submit a summary of the feedback you received in class by the P1C due date.
You will also present your preliminary proposal as well as findings from your expert interviews to the class, to get feedback on your proposal before handing in the final version.

Submit presentation slides on T-Square. One team member should submit the document under the P1C assignment. The other members of the team should submit a statement (using the T-Square web form) stating who on the team submitted the document.

Part D. Revised Project Proposal 

(Grad: 25 points, undergrad: 32.5 points)

Now, revisit your preliminary proposal describing a health-related need or problem you wish to address.

Complete Part A. again, using the preliminary text if it will not change based on the expert and class feedback you received, and adding new text if an element has changed. If any elements have changed, describe the change.

When you revisit the set of deliverables (P2, P3 and P4) add one to two more paragraph(s) for each deliverable to describe what exactly you will be turning in for P2, P3 and P4. The teaching staff will use this to formulate criteria for grading and will review these criteria with you or your team. Examples will be provided.

One team member should submit the revised written proposal with all changes under the P1D assignment in T-Square. The other members of the team should submit a statement (using the T-Square web form) naming which team member submitted the document.

Note: you may still be asked to revise the proposal if it seems too far-fetched or shortsighted. In this case, we will meet in person to discuss possible directions. You are only allowed to change your proposal by week nine.


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A comparison of off-the-shelf devices/sensors for tracking selected behavioral and physiological data