Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like "Keentz") is an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. She is also director of the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab and is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance. Dr. Kientz's primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. She focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating novel, future computing applications involving the capture and review of data for the domains of health and education. In particular, she has worked on designing and evaluating mobile and sensor applications for helping individuals with sleep disorders, assisting parents of young children in tracking developmental progress, and assisting special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary methods of research involve design, engineering, 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, under the advisement of Gregory Abowd, and her B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Toledo in 2002.
- I will be serving as Program Committee Chair for Ubicomp 2014 and serving on the Program Committees for Pervasive Health and ASSETS 2013.
- I was very flattered to have my research showcased in an article by Monica Guzman in the Seattle Times!
- Great news! My husband Shwetak and I had our first child, Maya, in November! However, that means I will be out of the office for the rest of Autumn 2012 quarter. During that time, I will be checking email, but infrequently, and I will not be teaching, taking on students, or accepting service requests until Winter 2013.
- I have a new appointment as a full time faculty member in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. I will remain as an adjunct assistant professor in the Information School.
- Two of our papers on Lullaby and Sensing & Inference in the Home were accepted at Ubicomp 2012, and both have been nominated for best paper. Matt Kay and Eun Kyoung Choe will be traveling to Pittsburgh in September to present their papers.