The Seventh IASTED International Conference on
Human-Computer Interaction
HCI 2012

May 14 – 16, 2012
Baltimore, USA


HCI and Future Personalized Health Care

Prof. Dong-Guk Shin
University of Connecticut, USA


Sequencing of the first human genome took over ten years with an estimated cost of $3 billion. In 2008, sequencing of the entire human genome took just two months at 1% of the cost. By the end of this year, the arrival of a desktop sequencer is poised to accomplish the touted milestone, $1,000 per genome in a single day. The Moore’s law applies to genetics. The life science community is now yearning for a one hour, $100 genome goal, clearly suggesting the imminent arrival of the Personalized Medicine era. Another important technological advancement will also impact the landscape of our future health care. The prevalent uses of 4G phones and the wide spread use of wireless devices and sensors will irrevocably change the way patients and health care providers interact with each other. The devices or systems previously used only by medical professionals may need to be used by patients and their care takers. Completely new types of biomedical information that never existed in the past may be used in caring for patients both in responsive and preventive ways (e.g., genomics data, biometric data from wearable sensors, and so on). This presentation will focus on how advancement in new technologies may change future health care and what role the HCI research community should play for the changes. We will examine various HCI scenarios, suggesting how health care practitioners may adapt each of them for future person-oriented health care. We will discuss what educational, research and commercial opportunities the disruptive changes in future personalized health care may bring to the HCI community.

Biography of the Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Portrait

Dr. Dong-Guk Shin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director for the Bioinformatics and Bio-Computing Institute of the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shin's research specialties include graphical user interface design, intelligent user interfaces, data mining, database interoperability, knowledge discovery from databases, and bioinformatics. Dr. Shin’s research interests in HCI started in late 1980s when he was developing a two-way dialog capable Natural Language interface for databases. During mid 1990s, he began exploring visual query interfaces for databases. In an attempt to develop practical applications for visual query interfaces, he turned into bioinformatics and began developing user friendly query interfaces for biologists. Since then Dr. Shin has been leading a number of research projects related to software usability in bioinformatics through funding from NIH, NSF and DOE. He has served numerous NSF and NIH bioinformatics study sections. In 1999, he was the recipient of the University of Connecticut's Chancellor's Information Technology Award. In 2000 Dr. Shin was an invited speaker in National Research Council Bioinformatics Workshop, organized by National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Shin holds Ph.D. (1985) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.