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Marije Kanis presenting at CHI2019 in Glasgow


Marije Kanis presented two papers at CHI2019 in Glasgow, UK, ACM's annual flagship conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems on May 4-9, 2019. CHI is widely recognized as the most important global showcase for human-computer interaction and is also consistently rated as the number one conference from an academic, but also practitioners' perspective (see also here).

Held annually since 1982, the CHI conference has consistently grown in prominence and attendance. This year being the biggest with almost 4000 registrations. The CHI conference is often the first public demonstration of advanced technologies and future visions.

Dr Kanis presented her vision and showed her work on Physical sensemaking: Crafting for an invisible world of data, during the interactive Workshop on Troubling Innovation: Craft and Computing Across Boundaries in which she also discussed the latest results of the project Revealing design (Zichtbaar slimmer): Data physicalization for the 21st century.
In a world in which data systems are omnipresent, it becomes even more vital to explore physical and interactive forms as a way to grasp, discuss and understand ‘invisible’ systems. Marije’s work is about craft-based approaches for physical sense making, making the invisible physical.

CHI 2019 reflects the myriad ways technologies are changing the ways in which we live, care and work.
The other work Marije presented was about supporting informal caregivers with a reflective toolkit, during the Symposium on Computing and Mental Health. Informal caregivers are people that provide long-term care to their spouse, family or loved one. In countries such as The Netherlands, UK and France, more than one out of ten people is an informal caregiver and due to societal changes such as the growing elderly population, the reliance on caregivers is expected to increase. The presented Co-Care-KIT (including a heart-rate monitor, custom-made journal and Photo-Based experience sampling app) enables the caregiver to capture and reflect on their own wellbeing from a positive perspective, as this is often overlooked. The paper, as part of the Co-Care-IT (Urban Vitality) project, is accepted as a journal paper and to appear at the special CHI issue for JMIR Mental health.