Human-Computer Interaction for Health (HCI4H) explores the challenges of designing and introducing new interactive and sensing technology to study healthcare and address its core problems.

The advent of new interactive technology including tablets, smartphones, tracking devices, depth cameras, wearable devices, augmented reality goggles, and so on, has raised new opportunities for studying and applying this technology to the healthcare domain. However, healthcare is an extremely challenging environment to research and develop technology for. Numerous regulations for the protection of patients and their data have an impact on how technology can be used in healthcare. These rules include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), federal administrations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and institutional bodies such as the human subject protection programs and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Nevertheless, developing technology to improve care and study human-computer interaction in healthcare has the potential to have a clear and important impact on improving the workflow of healthcare professionals, and ultimately the life of people.

In this class students will be exposed to the healthcare domain at large, including visits to hospital facilities, such as emergency rooms, trauma rooms, operating rooms, radiology clinics, outpatient medical offices, medical students teaching facilities such as the new multimillion Medical Education Building (MET), which includes the Simulation Training Center (STC), the Center for the Future of Patient Care (CFS), and the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS), but also other measurement centers such as the Calit2 Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC), sleep clinics, and technology-centered health companies such as the West Health Institute.

The HCI4H class will approach the field by first learning about health-related regulations and the human protection courses offered by the CITI program. We will then focus on the application of a variety of cutting-edge interactive technologies that are currently being used and can potentially be used in the near future to support healthcare, including Microsoft KinectGoogle GlassDigital Pens, Mobile Health tracking devices (Fitbit/digital scales/Basis/Microsoft Band/Apple Watch), Microsoft HoloLens, and more.

Students will be required to author weekly essays on the discussed topics. They will also pair up in groups of 2-3 and explore the human-centered design of new interactive technology in one of the domains discussed. Considering the technology discussed in class, and the healthcare venues that we visited throughout the quarter, students will have to envision the introduction and studying of new interactive technology for healthcare. 

Depending on the proposed project, students will be offered opportunities to continue the project in collaboration with domain experts. Credits will be offered in Spring QUarter for undergraduate research (CSE 198 or CSE 199) or graduate research (CSE 293 or CSE 298).



HCI4H is a blended class that incorporates senior undergraduate students and graduate students (both MS and PhD). The class is offered both in the undergraduate curriculum as a CSE 190 and in the graduate curriculum as CSE 291. At both levels it is students can take it as a 4 units class.

The course is aimed to be interdisciplinary and bring together students from CSE, ECE, CogSci, DBMI, Medicine, Biology, Public Health and others.

Given the diversity of potential students, course pre-requisites fro this class are hard to establish. The only real pre-reqs are to be well experienced in your domain (hence only senior undergraduates and graduate students will be allowed into the class), to have a deep interest in research around technology and healthcare, and to have some experience in healthcare, technology or both.

To enroll in this class, you need instructor approval.  


Week 1: Introduction/Admins + Research Ethics
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Week 10: Final Presentations 



Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.30pm - 1:50pm
EBU3B (CSE Building) 2154 

(Visits are offsite on UCSD campus or close-by, see detailed schedule)



Prof. Nadir Weibel
Email: weibel@ucsd.edu
Office: CSE 3224
Office Hours: By Appointment

Janet Johnson (TA)
Email jgj007@eng.ucsd.edu 
Office Hours
When: By Appointment
Where: CSE 3150


Teaching team: hci4h@ucsd.edu
Piazza: http://piazza.com/ucsd/winter2019/hci4h
PeerStudio: https://www.peerstudio.org/
Grades: https://www.gradesource.com