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Health Care Design Conference - 2013 Boston


About Me

Neema Moraveji runs the Calming Technology Lab at Stanford University. His Ph.D., "Augmented Self-Regulation", established the field of calming technology in 2011. He teaches "d.compress: Designing Calm" at the Stanford dschool and his work has been covered in the NY Times. Prior to Stanford he led the Asia Center for Interaction Design at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, China. Dr. Moraveji received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park's HCI Lab and his M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University's HCI Institute. Dr. Moraveji is also the co-founder of Spire, Inc., makers of Breathwear

Q&A with Neema

HxD asked speakers to tell us what inspires and drives them in healthcare and design.

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  • Q1: What is your burning mission in health?

    My professional mission is to facilitate a change in the way technology is designed to reduce stress and cultivate inner calm.I do this by re-envisioning modern technologies based on fundamental human values such as peace, connection, and presence. So-called "calming technologies" span physical & mental health, relationships, working style, time orientation, attention management, and more.

  • Q3: Why it inspires you?

    This article reminds me that what we are doing is resonating with people across many walks of life. This is not a 'Silicon Valley' technologist mission - this is a major aim of human evolution.

  • Q4: What is your patient story?

    We deployed an ambulatory breathing sensor to 5 users over the course of a week. One user self-labeled her data across 3 activities: reading a book, surfing the web, and meditating. She found that her breathing rate was climbing during websurfing and still somewhat high during reading. She forever changed her relationship with her breath based on the data we gave her.

  • Q5: Why HxD?

    HxD is the pre-eminent venue for discussing the intersection between technology design and what used to be referred to as 'health care' but has now pervaded every day life for each of us.

  • Q6: Why should someone come to your session?

    You will gain a novel perspective and clear actions steps based on the global trend of how technology will augment mental and physical health, grounded in empirical science.

Neema at the Conference

CONFERENCE | Monday, March 25

Calming Technology

As interactive experiences pervade everyday life, the potential for stress and anxiety increases. How can we utilize the power of interactive tools without sacrificing our sanity? The answer lies in a dual-pronged approach: (1) cultivating contemplative and calming practices in our personal lives and (2) increasing awareness of designers to mitigate stressors in interactive products. In this talk I will discuss our research from the Calming Technology Lab at Stanford University towards this aim.

WORKSHOP | Tuesday, March 26

Designing Calm into Interactive Experiences

A simple, beautiful, even 'addictive' UI that causes undue stress or anxiety will end up being deeply - and actively - disliked. Stress, anxiety, distraction, fragmentation of attention - these are next differentiators in user experience and usability. In this workshop, we'll delve deeply into the nature and science of stress. What causes it and what mitigates it? What are common stress-inducing UX traps and how do you avoid them? How do you 'address the stress' in mobile applications and in behavior design? This is an experiential workshop where you will personally experience different states of being that will help you understand your potential users. It may be transformative for your personal and professional life as well as your design work.

"Last year's HxD conference was so amazingly inspiring, and has definitely caused me to strive harder and become more passionate about improving our healthcare system." - 2012 HxD Attendee

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