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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 11:59pm 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 one-page contract. You should store the contract in a shared place, revisit it, and revise it as needed. 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.

Submit your team contract on T-Square by 11:59pm September 8th.

P1. Project Proposal (Total: 100 points)

A. Preliminary Proposal (30 points)

Please complete by 11:59pm September 8th.

Your first deliverable will be a preliminary proposal that describes a health-related need or problem you wish to address. 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 their health goal.
  • Data you will need to collect (e.g., a user’s steps, weight, heart-rate, mood, etc., or other types of data).
  • Technology or artifact you wish to develop for the project (e.g. mobile, kinect, smart-watch app, etc.) and justification of your choice (why is this technology or artifact a good match for the problem you are trying to address?).
  • 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 will assess the user’s progress towards their health goal (alternatively, a plan for how you will evaluate your prototype, visualization technique, etc. with users).
  • 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.

Submit a written, preliminary proposal on T-Square by 11:59pm September 8th.

Part B. Ask an Expert (25 points)

Please complete by 11:59 pm Date TBD

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 learned affect your initial proposal.

Submit this portion of your project on T-Square by 11:59 pm TBD

Part C. Ask the Class (20 points)

Please be prepared to present by 4:35 pm Date TBD and submit a summary of the feedback you received in class
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 by 4:35pm Date TBD and be prepared to present to the class on this day.

Part D. Revised Project Proposal (25 points)

Please complete by 11:59pm TBD

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.

Submit your written proposal with all changes by 11:59pm Date TBD

Note: you may 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.

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