Noura Howell

My design research explores emotional, material, and embodied aspects of data, particularly data about people's bodies, thoughts, and behaviors. What can (and can't) this data say about how we feel? How do we feel about this data? How might this data shape the way we feel, and shape how we relate to ourselves and others? I explore these questions by building sensing technologies that produce data (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance) while fostering tangible, embodied, social meaning-making with this data. The highly varied and often surprising social and emotional experiences of people with these artifacts offer provocative yet experientially grounded speculative directions for designing with data.

As a PhD candidate at the Berkeley School of Information, I am advised by Kimiko Ryokai. My dissertation committee additionally includes John Chuang, Greg Niemeyer, and Gail De Kosnik. I am also a member of the BioSENSE lab. Previously I have worked as a human centered designer and engineer in Singapore, Morocco, and China, as well as at the MIT Media Lab, Intel Labs, and Microsoft.