Faculty and students in the IDEA Lab study how we can better enable people to interact with and interpret data. We use theoretical perspectives and research methodologies from the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) research communities to design and implement Health Informatics systems, and deploy those systems to understand their impact.  

Our research bridges many disciplines such as Health Informatics, Computer Science, Psychology, and Human Factors Engineering to investigate questions such as:

  • How can we take advantage of computing technologies and big data to support understanding,  communication, and evidence based decision-making in healthcare? 
  • How will mobile and wearable devices disrupt the healthcare system? And can they help us better manage our personal health?
  • What role can computer games play in motivating health and well-being? 

Our research is sponsored by:

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Canada Foundation for InnovationGovernment of Ontario

MITACSMechdyne  Ontario Centres of Excellence

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada