CMSC 434 -- Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
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This is an introductory course to the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am in CSIC 1121.

Professor: Dr. Ben Shneiderman -
Teaching Assistant: Debbie Heisler-


Term Projects

Fall 2004

AGIL: Blood Sugar Management
Traditionally, diabetics have relied on a combination of finger-pricking blood sugar meters and insulin injections to control their blood sugar levels. Recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of two new technologies in controlling blood sugar levels: the insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring. The insulin pump allows the user to program insulin delivery, which is done through a hidden needle inserted in the body. Continuous glucose monitoring prevents any fluctuations in blood sugar levels from going unnoticed. Soon, blood sugar measurements will be taken through the needle already used by the insulin pump, combining these technologies. Once this occurs, the interface and functionality of the current insulin pumps will be unable to take full advantage of the possibilities available.
The AGIL Control System is designed specifically to take advantage of this new integrated system. It provides insulin delivery, blood sugar management, record keeping, programmable insulin pump control, and emergency notification, all on a PocketPC device

Blood Pressure Monitor Family Edition
The number of deaths from heart conditions caused by high blood pressure continues to increase in the United States. Early detection and treatment of high blood pressure is critical to prevent future heart problems, and a variety of home monitoring devices are available for this purpose. Unfortunately, current blood pressure monitors do not provide the data storage, organization, visualization and transfer features that users desperately need. Our team has taken on the challenge of designing a revolutionary new blood pressure monitor interface that provides users with the features that current devices are lacking.

CareHeart: Caretaking for Heart Bypass Patients
Careheart is a revolutionary program that will dramatically improve the life of every heart bypass patient and their family. Careheart will keep track of patient's vital signs, displaying a warning if the readings are not within normal ranges. Furthermore, Careheart will provide suggested daily exercise routines. Careheart will guide the caretaker in chaperoning their ward for several weeks after the surgery. Without being bogged down by looking for details, the caretakers will be able to better care for their wards.

DCSC: Diabetic Communication Solution Center
The Diabetic Communication Solution Center, or DCSC, is a web-based interface that will allow diabetics in the United States who have difficulties understanding English to asynchronously communicate with their English-speaking doctors. It is in the form of a website where diabetics who understand one of three languages Spanish, Korean, and Japanese can go to fill-out personal information that pertain to their entire medical history as well as their diabetes. This website can also be used as a way for them to read the results of their appointment visits in their language.

Diamond Suit: Wearable Sensors for Rehabilitation
The Diamond Suit's high fidelity prototype is a combination of two user interfaces that benefits both the patients and physicians in the treatment of upper body rehabilitation.

EyeQ: Ophthalmologist Patient Support
EyeQ includes two separate interfaces, one for patients, and one for ophthalmolo gists. The physicians? interface, which will be an application, will include pa tients? personal information and their complete medical history. On the other h and, the patients? interface will be web-based, where the patient can have acces s to a simplified interpretation of the doctor?s data.

kidSTART: Scheduling Tool for Austistic Research & Treatment
arents attempting to follow the DIR/Floortime treatment plan for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have a huge amount of information to keep track of. DIR/Floortime is a new treatment plan for children with ASD that emphasizes an individualized, relationship based approach to treatment. A large number of daily tasks are prescribed for the child by the 3-7 clinicians working together to help the child.
The kidSTART software attempts to help the parents keep track of all of the information related to the treatment of their child, and coordinate the many people involved in their child's treatment. It is also designed to evaluate the effectiveness of different aspects of the program by maintaining a detailed history of the treatment process.

LifeLines: Searching Lab Test Histories
The Lifelines team was encouraged to create an application that made it easy for doctors to query their large set of patients on a variety of attributes. For this application, the team focused on lab tests on a given time table. The goal of the application was to create a design that was easy to learn for a non technical user, like a doctor, and powerful in its capabilities. The doctor is able to query which patients have or have not had certain tests over a given period of time and view the results in a graphical format.

Pharmacy Phriend: Understandable Drug Info
Our goal is to produce an efficient and effective application, "Pharmacy Phriend", that will enable the general American English-reading public to investigate and research prescription and non-prescription medicine. "Pharmacy Phriend" - which is now available in English, Dutch, French and Japanese - provides an alternative to the fine print, on commercial drugs, which people may have difficulty reading due to the small font, complex information, or lengthy description.

Pulmonode: Pulmonary Guide with Animation
olitary pulmonary nodules (SPN) are growths of abnormal tissue in the lungs. Most nodules are benign, but some can develop into cancer. Diagnosis of nodules relies greatly on how quickly a nodule grows. There are currently no detailed tracking devices of nodules available for physicians. They are required to rely on the numbers, instead of being able to see a visualization of growth. Working with Dr. Matthew Kim from the Johns Hopkins Medical School, we came up with software to allow those physicians to better diagnose SPNs.
The focus of our software is to allow the users (radiologists, pulmonologists, primary care physicians) to be able to see a visualization of the growth of a nodule, relative to time. From this visualization, the user can easily open biopsy, x-ray, and cat scan reports associated with the nodule.

TERPS: Totally Electronic Report of Personal Statistics
The purpose of our software is to design a personal health record interface that focuses on the patient and interpretation of blood test results for that patient. The main thrust of the software is to guide the user through the steps of creating a health record, as well as explaining their test results. However, a user will only be allowed to update information they are authorized to update. We envision that in the future, a patient can download this information to a thumb drive and take it with them.

TransMed: Patient Records in Multiple Languages
TransMed's role is to facilitate Personal Health Record ( PHR ) translation between a U.S. language / measurement format and the foreign language / metric format. Doctors will be able to view the PHR in their language and metric of their choice, as well as document changes and treatments to the patient's PHR.