Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like "Keentz") is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab, is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance, and has adjunct appointments in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Kientz's primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep problems, parents of young children tracking developmental progress, individuals with visual impairments, people who want to quit smoking, and special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013, and was given the UW College of Engineering Faculty Research Innovator award in 2014.
- I was awarded tenure this year! I am now an Associate Professor, as of September 15th. My Ph.D. students helped me celebrate by turning my office into a very difficult level of Super Mario Brothers.
- Congrats to my Ph.D. student Eun Kyoung Choe, who graduated this year and is now an Assistant Professor at Penn State University.
- I was honored to be named the UW's College of Engineering Faculty Research Innovator this year!
- We presented two papers at CHI 2014 this year on the Baby Steps project and our study of the Quantified Self movement. Congrats to Eun Kyoung Choe for getting a best paper honorable mention at CHI.
- My colleagues James Fogarty, Nate Watson, Carol Landis, and I were granted a Smart & Connected Health award from the National Science Foundation on our work on technology for health sleep behaviors. I am also co-PI on a new award from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality on understanding Personal Health Information Management needs for older adults.
- Thanks to Google for granting me a Faculty Research Award.
- I am serving as Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for UbiComp 2014 and Subcommittee Co-chair for the Specific Applications Area committee for CHI 2015.
- Very honored to have been named one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 in 2013! Thanks to all of my great students, collaborators, and mentors for all of their support.
- My research was showcased in an article by Monica Guzman in the Seattle Times.