DFP CREATE Cohort 4 Projects Announced!

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We would like to extend a large welcome to both the students in cohort 4, as well as our new CPSC 554K instructor Laura Ballay! Laura met with cohort 4 twice last term, once for a CREATE Information Session and again for a Project Kick-Off. The students have formed 4 teams that will tackle various COVID-related design problems, with the help of several core DFP faculty members. 

Flagging Misinformation

Project Brief: With consultation from Dr. Luanne Sinnamon (UBC, iSchool), the Misinformation team will focus on challenges arising from the COVID19 infodemic. The team will investigate ways to help college-aged users recognize misinformation through the design of content flags and reporting systems in search and/or social media platforms.  Design outcomes might take the form of a browser plug-in or app that flags known misinformation  in search engine results. This project will focus on the design of flagging or feedback components.
Keywords: misinformation, fact checking, search engines, behaviour change
Faculty Consultants: Luanne Sinnamon
Abiramy Kuganesan (CS)
Eleanor Ren (iSchool)
Jin Wen (CS)
Hannah Elbaggari (CS)

KidsAction Coaching

Project Brief: Primary consultant Dr. Stephanie Glegg (UBC, OSOT) and secondary consultant Dr. Liisa Holsti (UBC, OSOT) will guide the KidsAction student team in designing a web-based tool to support coaches in developing individualized, home-based, physical activity programs for children with neurodevelopment disabilities, based on each child’s abilities and needs. The solution should be user-friendly, enabling coaches to select appropriate activities and to assign realistic goals to evaluate progress over time for each child they coach, as well as relay this information to each child’s family. A means by which coaches could conduct motor skills assessment remotely is also desired, given current COVID-19 constraints restricting community engagement in in-person physical activity programs.
Keywords: remote access, health, data, accessibility, neurodevelopment disabilities
Faculty Consultants: Stephanie Glegg (Occupational Therapy) and Liisa Holsti (Occupational Therapy)
Anika Sayara (CS)
Jane Jun (iSchool)
Jessica Wilkin (iSchool)
Kattie Sepehri (CS)
Preeti Vyas (CS)

NewFlow: Improving processes to help newcomers to Surrey access resources

Project Brief: In consultation with Dr. Suzanne Huot (UBC, OSOT) and Alysha Baratta (Options Community Services), the NewFlow team will investigate ways to improve the processes Immigrant Services front line workers and staff use to communicate and deliver information and resources to newcomers to Canada. This project may take the form of a device that allows newcomers easy access to recorded training and/or information; an improved online learning platform; a tailored guide for newcomers to access and understand the resources that are available; an app to assist our vulnerable clients with their medication schedules/reminders; or an app to assist our vulnerable clients to manage wellness through journaling their feelings and thoughts.
Keywords: immigrants, access, community, service design, intranet, human geography
Faculty Consultants: Suzanne Huot
Atieh Razavi Yekta (Rehab)
Kim Correa (iSchool)
Michael Yin (CS)
Chelsea Palmer (iSchool)
Faqia Iqbal (CS)

Data Viz for Teen Patients

Project Brief: With consultation from Dr. Tim Oberlander (UBC, Pediatrics), Postdoctoral Fellow Katelynn Boerner (UBC, Pediatrics), and Dr. Karon MacLean (UBC, Computer Science), the Personalized Data Viz team will take inspiration from existing smartphone-generated, realtime data collection and visualization methods (e.g., using persuasive technology or gamification, for attaining users’ behavioral objectives in, e.g., health and sustainability), and apply them to a population of kids living with a complex reality of chronic pain and anxiety. The team will design and develop individualizable data visualization concepts that should ultimately lead to optimizing a youth’s engagement and health behavior through real-time data collection, as well as conversations with the youth’s care team about their data and what it means for them. This project aims to support at-home, in-the-moment assessment of pain experience.
Keywords: data visualization, complex care, health, engagement, learning, patient centred interventions
Faculty Consultants: Tim Oberlander (Pediatrics & School of Population and Public Health), Katelynn Boerner (Pediatrics), Karon MacLean (Computer Science)
Devarsh Bhonde (Civil Eng.)
Unma Desai (CS)
Haomiao Zhang (MECH)
Katra Farah (EDU)
Rubia Guerra (CS)


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We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).