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DRS Spotlight on Kim Snooks

Date Published: 16 May 2022

Kim Snooks, one of our PhD candidates, is attending DRS 2022 in Bilbao, let’s ask her a few questions …

What’s your research area?

My research area is in future health-tracking technology design which means looking at current designs in wearable devices like Fitbit or in apps like Google Fit and critiquing these systems to explore new potential forms of data.

Tell us about the paper you’re presenting

This paper is about how health and wellbeing tracking systems gather metrics about an individual’s body and these systems are starting to use features that compare bodies, causing harm in the process. We discuss how future systems need to change from this current approach and pose questions for designers creating these systems.

What other activities are you doing?

There’s a workshop around values in data-driven design that looks great so will probably take part in that. Other than that going to paper presentations and enjoying the conference!

What are you looking forward to the most?

I think it’ll be great to meet people with similar interests and I’m looking forward to going to an in person conference and seeing what it’s like.

Have you any suggestions or tips for people attending their first in-person conference?

I’ve never been to an in-person conference so I’m excited to experience one but a tip I got for online was to network, even if it’s just saying to someone that you liked their talk or paper.


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