Aisling Ann O'Kane

Aisling Ann O'Kane
Honorary Lecturer
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+44 (0)20 3108 7153 (x57153)
Room: 3.06
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

I am an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a human factors engineer interested in the impact of user experience on the adoption, use, and misuse of personal medical, health and wellbeing technologies, a space between human factors engineering and human-computer interaction.

My PhD focused on the situated use of Type 1 Diabetes technologies by adults using 'in the wild' exploratory methods, and how everyday life influences use and adoption of these devices. My fellowship is building on the finding that individual differences greatly influence people's choices to adopt and use these devices through examining the DIY diabetes open-source maker movement which is already designing, manufacturing, disseminating, and customising bespoke healthcare technology. I am examining how these designs can be safely disseminated past the early adopters to benefit a larger group of adults that want personalised health technologies.

Information on related projects can be found here: mobilemedicaldeviceresearch.wordpress.com

Brief biography

I am from Toronto, Canada where I gained a degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed my undergraduate thesis on driver distraction with Prof. Mark Chignell. After graduating, I worked for almost three years as a human factors engineering associate consultant in the nuclear domain. I moved to Sweden for my Master's in Interactive Systems Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and conducted my thesis research at the Mobile Life Centre in Stockholm and also at the Interactive Intelligence Centre at TU Delft in the Netherlands on user trust in technology, supervised by Prof. Kristina Höök and Dr. Alina Huldtgren. Before starting at UCLIC, I completed an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge supervised by Dr. Helena Mentis focusing on diabetes patients and diabetes specialists' information needs and sharing practices. I defended my Computer Science PhD disseration on the situated use of Type 1 Diabetes technologies in January 2016, with Prof. Ann Blandford and Prof. Yvonne Rogers as my supervisors and Prof. Peter Wright and Prof. Nadia Berthouze as my examiners.

Research Publications

Authors
Title
Year
Publication
Amid Ayobi, R Eardley, E Soubutts, R Gooberman-Hill, I Craddock, Aisling Ann O'Kane Digital Mental Health and Social Connectedness: Experiences of Women from Refugee Backgrounds 2022 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Journal article
E Soubutts, Amid Ayobi, R Eardley, K Cater, Aisling Ann O'Kane Aging in Place Together: The Journey Towards Adoption and Acceptance of Stairlifts in Multi-Resident Homes 2021 ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 2022, Conference paper (text)
Amid Ayobi, Katarzyna Stawarz, D Katz, Paul Marshall, T Yamagata, R Santos-Rodriguez, P Flach, Aisling Ann O'Kane Co-Designing Personal Health? Multidisciplinary Benefits and Challenges in Informing Diabetes Self-Care Technologies 2021 ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 2022, Conference paper (text)
Amid Ayobi, A Grimes, S Mackinnon, E Soubutts, R Eardley, ZB Gross, R Gooberman-Hill, Aisling Ann O'Kane Designing Visual Cards for Digital Mental Health Research with Ethnic Minorities 2021 DIS '21: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Conference paper (text), ELECTR NETWORK
J Wang, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Nikki Newhouse, GR Sethu-Jones, Barbaro K de Quantified Baby: Parenting and the Use of a Baby Wearable in the Wild 2017 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Journal article
C Elsden, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Paul Marshall, A Durrant, R Fleck, J Rooksby, D Lupton Quantified data & social relationships 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, Conference paper (text)
D Katz, N Dalton, S Holland, Aisling Ann O'Kane, BA Price Questioning the Reflection Paradigm for Diabetes Mobile Apps 2016 EHealth360: EAI eHealth 360° Summit 2016, Conference proceeding
Aisling Ann O'Kane, Y Han, R Arriaga Varied & Bespoke Needs of Caregivers: Organizing and Communicating Diabetes Care for Children in Era of DIY 2016 Pervasive Health 2016: 10th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Conference proceeding
Aisling Ann O'Kane INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND CONTEXTUAL FACTORS INFLUENCE THE EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE OF SELF-MANAGEMENT WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES TECHNOLOGIES 2016 Poster
E Temir, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Paul Marshall, Ann Blandford Running: A Flexible Situated Study 2016 CHI'16 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), San Jose, USA
Aisling Ann O'Kane SITUATED USER EXPERIENCE WITH TAKE-HOME MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCES ADHERENCE TO SELF-MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR ADULTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES 2015 Poster
Aisling Ann O'Kane, Yvonne Rogers, Ann Blandford Concealing or Revealing Mobile Medical Devices?: Designing for Onstage and Offstage Presentation 2015 ACM, Conference paper (text)
Dominic Furniss, R Randell, S Taneva, H Mentis, D Wolstenholme, A Dearden, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Ann Blandford Ethics, Governance, and Patient, Public Involvement in Healthcare 2015 Chapter
Aisling Ann O'Kane, Yvonne Rogers, Ann Blandford Gaining empathy for non-routine mobile device use hrough autoethnography 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, Conference paper (text)
K Sellen, S Taneva, Dominic Furniss, Aisling Ann O'Kane, Y Chen, Ann Blandford Workshop abstract: HCI research in healthcare: Using theory from evidence to practice 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, Conference paper (text)
Dominic Furniss, Aisling Ann O'Kane, R Randell, S Taneva, H Mentis, Ann Blandford HCI fieldwork in healthcare: creating a graduate guidebook 2013 CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
Aisling Ann O'Kane, A Hurst, G Niezen, Nicolai Marquardt, Jon Bird, G Abowd Workshop abstract: Advances in DIY Health and Wellbeing 1900 Poster, CHI'16 - CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems San Jose, CA, USA
Aisling Ann O'Kane Individual differences and contextual factors influence the experience and practice of self-care with type 1 diabetes technologies 1900 Thesis / Dissertation