Pilot Testers

Human-Computer Interaction Lab

Adult Runners Needed for Pilot Study

Do you run? Do you run in groups? We need your help! In our study, we are looking for existing groups of runners (3 or more) to assist us as volunteers in a research project exploring e-textile athletic jerseys.

Specifically, we have designed and constructed prototype athletic jerseys that communicate running information such as pace, duration, and distance via a live, wearable display. As a participant, your role is to help us better understand how these jerseys impact your sense of the run activity and the runners around you.

For the study, we will ask you to first complete a short demographic and pre-activity survey. Then, you will perform a short running activity of 20 – 35 minutes (depending on your preference) with the group. One (or two) people in the running group will be wearing our e-textile jersey along with a provided mobile phone and arm strap. After completing the run, you will be asked to fill out a short survey about your experience. The entire session should last approximately 60 minutes.

Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour for their time. Study sessions will be conducted on the University of Maryland, College Park campus or, in some cases, at a specific physical location of your choice. All participants must be 18 years of age or older and be an active runner. Apart from that restriction, we encourage people of all genders and ethnicities to participate. If you are interested in participating, please email Matthew Mauriello (mattm@cs.umd.edu) the following information:

  • How often you run (e.g., once a week, three times a week)
  • How often you run in a group and the typical group size
  • How you currently track your runs (e.g., Nike+, Runkeeper, paper + pen)

Feel free to take a look at our research lab's website to find out more about our research program: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/. Please also feel free to redistribute this posting.


~Matthew Mauriello, MS
Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland
A.V. Williams Building, 4122
College Park, MD 20742
Twitter @mattm401