Designing tools to empower the next generation of doctors.
Production project (2010 – 2014) in a collaboration between the Institute for Software and the Institute of Medical Institution together with Sebastian Hunkeler, Philippe Zimmermann, Stephan Schallenberger, Felix Schmitz and Markus Stolze.
Sweaty palms, restlessness and the fear of failing is what most of us associate with examinations. The process of evaluating medical students’ clinical skills requires months of preparation and a lot of highly qualified staff. Once major source of errors and lost time are the many paper checklists that need to be printed, filled-in, scanned and evaluated.
Experienced doctors of all ages and backgrounds now use iPads to assess each student’s skills. Exam organizers now create the exam checklists on their Macs and evaluate the results immediately. And they can monitor the exam's progress using their iPhones.
As of 2014, seven universities in four countries use eOSCE to assess each student’s skills. Exam organisers now create checklists on their Macs and monitor the exam progress on their phones. For them, eOSCE means up to 2500 fewer sheets of paper to print and handle per exam, a 3 times quicker turnaround of examination results and less uncertainty during the examination itself. But what pleases us the most was the impact we are having on the doctors themselves; how they could not possibly imagine going back to dealing with paper checklists: how they report to be less stressed and happier when evaluating students. And that is making them more productive (10 times fewer grading errors) and more likely to participate again.
Asking new questions about collaborative AI in future smart homes.
Getting kids to choreograph dance moves like nobody's watching.
What are we left to do when technology just happens to do everything for us? Future visions depict life in smart-homes where technology deals with all our chores and reads our deepest wishes before we are even aware of them. But is living in such an environment actually desirable? How might people appropriate their smart-home technology to regain control?
Bots is system for home robot assistants that collaborate to make life alone a little more interesting. The system consists of specialist agents (bots), a main control unit (the brain) and room speakers (the senses). Bots are modular artificial intelligences that focus on a single task (e.g. online shopping, spying on the neighbours whereabouts or organising surprise presents).
The project resulted in three short films (design fictions) of how a senior person might personalise their home robot assistants. The short films and the concept designs were exhibited at Humlab-X, an interdisciplinary digital lab at Umeå University. At the public exhibition, viewers were asked to imagine new bots that they want for themselves.
Envisioning a social camera that sparks inspiration.
Project: Talk It Out