Biological rhythms and technology

Mark Matthews, Erin Carroll, Saeed Abdullah, Jaime Snyder, Matthew Kay, Tanzeem Choudhury, Geri Gay, Julie Kientz

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Biological rhythms enable living organisms to adapt and live with periodical environmental changes, such as variation in the relative position of the earth and the sun. Internal rhythms, like body temperature and sleep-wake cycle, are driven by numerous biological processes and can be maintained even in the absence of external environmental cues. These rhythms affect how we feel, think, and act. They are profoundly important for our health, quality of sleep, and mood. Yet the digital devices we use are ignorant of our biology. They respond uniformly to our touch and click. Recently there has been a considerable increase of research within the HCI community to support behavior change, personal insight, and increase productivity. This workshop will bring together researchers in sleep, well-being, and circadian rhythms to discuss the possibility of rhythm systems: technologies that play to the strengths of our biology. It will investigate how HCI can complement our biological rhythms and will focus on two areas: measurement and intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOne of a ChiNd - Extended Abstracts, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450324748
StatePublished - 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 26 2014May 1 2014

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Other32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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