Daniel Epstein


Hi! I'm Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. I'm coadvised by James Fogarty and Sean Munson.

I study the design of personal informatics and self-tracking tools to integrate into people's everyday lives. In doing so, I both study people's ongoing practices with commercial tools and design and implement new technology. I focus on building tools which support people's personal goals, emphasizing mindfulness and awareness over prescription or persuasion.

When I'm not doing research, I try to spend time outside by hiking or running. I collect turtle figurines, and am the proud caretaker of a red-eared slider named Donatello.

Selected Publications (all)

Reconsidering the Device in the Drawer: Lapses as a Design Opportunity in Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, Jennifer H. Kang, Laura R. Pina, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
UbiComp 2016 PDF
Semi-automated tracking: A Balanced Approach for Self-Monitoring Applications
Eun Kyoung Choe, Saeed Abdullah, Mashfiqui Rabbi, Edison Thomaz, Daniel A. Epstein, Matthew Kay, Felicia Cordeiro, Gregory D. Abowd, Tanzeem Choudhury, James Fogarty, Bongshin Lee, Mark Matthews, Julie A. Kientz
IEEE Pervasive Computing (in press)
Taking 5: Work-Breaks, Productivity, and Opportunities for Personal Informatics for Knowledge Workers
Daniel A. Epstein, Daniel Avrahami, Jacob T. Biehl
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXstudy materials
Crumbs: Lightweight Daily Food Challenges to Promote Engagement and Mindfulness
Daniel A. Epstein, Felicia Cordeiro, James Fogarty, Gary Hsieh, Sean A. Munson
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXstudy materials
Beyond Abandonment to Next Steps: Understanding and Designing for Life After Personal Informatics Tool Use
Daniel A. Epstein, Monica Caraway, Chuck Johnston, An Ping, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXsurvey materials
A Lived Informatics Model of Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, An Ping, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
UbiComp 2015 PDFDOIBibTeXsurvey materials
Barriers and Negative Nudges: Exploring Challenges in Food Journaling
Felicia Cordeiro, Daniel A. Epstein, Edison Thomaz, Elizabeth Bales, Arvind K. Jagannathan, Gregory D. Abowd, James Fogarty
CHI 2015 PDFDOIBibTeX
Best Paper Nominee (Top 5%)
From "Nobody Cares" to "Way to Go!": A Design Framework for Social Sharing in Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, Bradley H. Jacobson, Elizabeth Bales, David W. McDonald, Sean A. Munson
CSCW 2015 PDFDOIBibTeX
Taming Data Complexity in Lifelogs: Exploring Visual Cuts of Personal Informatics Data
Daniel A. Epstein, Felicia Cordeiro, Elizabeth Bales, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
DIS 2014 PDFDOIBibTeX
Fine-grained Sharing of Sensed Physical Activity: A Value Sensitive Approach
Daniel A. Epstein, Alan Borning, James Fogarty
UbiComp 2013 PDFDOIBibTeX