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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

Wearable Computing: Human Factors & Privacy

Speaker: Vivian Genaro Motti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA

Monday, May 4, 2015 – 10:30am – 11:30am – Engineering Building, Room 2901


The integration of computational capabilities in clothing and accessories enables wearable computers to be applied in several domains, including: healthcare, fitness, interaction support and authentication. Wearables have been explored in several human activities, for instance to monitor the vital signs of patients, to augment human capabilities, to replace and improve sensory organs, to track daily activities and to notify medical emergencies. Significant advances in technology in past decades summed with a promising potential of wearables, resulted in extensive research and development efforts in this research field. Despite being extensive, most related work focuses on the feasibility of individual wearable applications. However, due to their close contact with the human body and their continuous usage, wearable devices must carefully consider human factors as well. Without such consideration existing wearable applications and devices tend to present low wearability levels and lead to high abandonment rates. To improve wearability levels and to promote a sustained engagement, we need first to understand users’ needs, wishes and requirements. Then we need to translate this understanding into concrete design requirements. In this talk, I will present my latest research findings on wearable computing, human factors and privacy. By combining mixed approaches, user studies and qualitative analysis of online comments, I identified key users’ concerns in the design of wearable applications. To facilitate and improve the design of wearables, I defined design principles, guidelines and recommendations. To propose privacy-enhanced solutions in wearable computing, I analyzed key users’ concerns in wearable privacy, concerning specific sensors, devices and applications. I will conclude my talk with the implications of my research findings on wearable computing and provide future research perspectives in this domain.


Vivian Genaro Motti is a postdoctoral research fellow at Clemson University, investigating human factors and privacy aspects of wearable computing for healthcare applications. She earned a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Informatics, a Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction from University of São Paulo (Brazil), and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

Point of contact: Massimiliano Albanese (