Jason Nawyn

Research Scientist
Office: E14-526
E-Mail: nawyn@mit.edu

Jason Nawyn is a member of the Changing Places research team, having joined the group as a student in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Jason is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) specialist whose work involves designing and developing context aware computing applications using mobile, wearable and environmentally deployed sensors. As an active participant in the field of ubiquitous computing research, he has used sensing technologies to study in-home behavior modification, memory augmentation, language acquisition, and physical activity detection. Jason is also involved in the study and practice of user interface design, with a particular emphasis on visualization of real-time streaming data sources.  

Jason was a significant contributor to the development of the PlaceLab, an apartment-scale live-in laboratory for the study of HCI in a residential context.  He has since extended the sensing infrastructure used in this project to other homes in the Boston area through a portable sensor toolkit called BoxLab. His current work involves making context aware sensing tools freely and easily accessible to researchers across disciplines.  

Selected Publications

N.H. Chen, J. Nawyn, M. Thompson, J. Gibbs, and K. Larson. “Context-aware tunable office lighting application and user response.” In Proceedings Of The SPIE - The International Society For Optical Engineering 8835, pp. 1-15. San Diego, CA: SPIE, 2013.

M. Rosenberger, W.J. Haskell, F. Albinali, S. Mota, J. Nawyn, and S.S. Intille. “Estimating Activity and Sedentary Behavior from an Accelerometer on the Hip or Wrist.” Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise, 45(5), pp. 964-975. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

J. Nawyn, M. Thompson, N. Chen, and K. Larson. “A closed-loop feedback system for a context-aware tunable architectural lighting application.” In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 541-545. SAGE Publications, 2012.

M. Rosenberger, W.J. Haskell, F. Albinali, S. Mota, J. Nawyn, and S.S. Intille. “Estimating Energy Expenditure from Accelerometry and Physiological Sensors in One Device.” Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise 44(5), pp. 931-931. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

S.S. Intille, J. Nawyn, B. Logan, and G.D. Abowd. "Developing shared home behavior datasets to advance HCI and ubiquitous computing research." In CHI'09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 4763-4766. New York, NY: ACM Press, 2009.

J. Nawyn, C. Roesler, T. Realpe-Bonilla, N. Choudhury, and A.A. Benasich, “An operantly conditioned looking task for assessing infant auditory processing ability.” In Proceedings of the 9th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ASSETS'07, pp. 147-154. New York, NY: ACM Press, 2007.

J. Nawyn, S.S. Intille, and K. Larson, “Embedding behavior modification strategies into a consumer electronic device: a case study.” In Proceedings of UbiComp 2006, P. Dourish and A. Friday, Eds. pp. 297-314. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2006.

J. Nawyn, S.S. Intille, and K. Larson, “Embedding behavior modification strategies into a consumer electronic device [Video]” In Proceedings of Ubicomp 2006 Video Program.

S.S. Intille, K. Larson, E. Munguia Tapia, J.S. Beaudin, P. Kaushik, J. Nawyn, and R. Rockinson, “Using a live-in laboratory for ubiquitous computing research.” In Proceedings of Pervasive 2006, pp. 349-365. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2006.

J. Nawyn. "A persuasive television remote control for the promotion of health and well-being." Diss., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.

S.S. Intille, K. Larson, J. Beaudin, E. Munguia Tapia, P. Kaushik, J. Nawyn, and T.J. McLeish, “The PlaceLab: a live-in laboratory for pervasive computing research (Video).” In Proceedings of Pervasive 2005 Video Program.

S.S. Intille, K. Larson, J.S. Beaudin, J. Nawyn, E. Munguia Tapia, P. Kaushik, “A living laboratory for the design and evaluation of ubiquitous computing technologies.” In Extended Abstracts of the 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY: ACM Press, 2005.

J. Yoon, J. Oishi, J. Nawyn, K. Kobayashi, and N. Gupta, “FishPong: encouraging human-to-human interaction in informal social environments.” In CSCW '04, Proceedings of the 2004 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. New York, NY: ACM Press, 2004.

S. Wiedenbeck., J.A. Zavala, and J. Nawyn. “A process analysis of exploration-based & exercise-based training approaches to learning an end-user application.” Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 16(4), pp. 358-365. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2000.

* Additional publications in cognitive neuroscience are available upon request.