HDE Summer Institute 2017

July 12-19, 2017, Calit2, UCSD, San Diego, CA

When: July 12-19, 2017
Where: Calit2 on the campus of UCSD, San Diego, CA
Deadline: Application review begins May 1st, 2017


The Health Data Exploration Project will host the second annual HDE Summer Institute in San Diego, California, from July 12-19, 2017. The HDE Summer Institute is an intensive, 1-week training institute on personal health data research methods for doctoral students and early-career researchers. Approximately 30 participants will be chosen by competitive application from a variety of relevant disciplines including public health, medicine, informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, data science, and design. World- renowned faculty will lead seminars in theory and methods and mentor student group projects. Participants will gain hands-on, practical experience working with new technologies and data sources in interdisciplinary project groups.

The goals of the institute include:

Provide exposure to and training on the use of personal health data sources and technologies in research.

Provide a venue to develop interdisciplinary approaches to important research issues in health and medicine.

Develop a cohort of young scholars who are prepared to advance the use personal data for health research and promotion.

Personal and public health informatics is a highly interdisciplinary arena, and we want to support a breadth of perspectives and forms of engagement in the Institute. We expect participants to come from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to):

  • Public health
  • Medicine
  • Informatics
  • Information science
  • Data science
  • Computer science
  • Human-computer interaction
  • CSCW
  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Statistics
  • Social Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

We also anticipate that applicants will have experience with a breadth of approaches, including (but not limited to):

  • Big data
  • Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Simulation
  • Design


Dr. Madeleine Ball, Co-Founder, Open Humans

Dr. Matthew Bietz, Assistant Research Professor of Informatics, UC Irvine

Dr. Emil Chiauzzi, Research Director, Client Services at PatientsLikeMe

Dr. Eric Hekler, Director of the Designing Health Lab, and Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University

Dr. Santosh Kumar, Director of the NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to- Knowledge (MD2K), and Professor and Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Computer Science, University of Memphis

Dr. Julie Kientz, Director of the Computing for Health Living and Learning Lab, and Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Dr. Kevin Patrick, Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, and Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, UC San Diego

Dr. Bonnie Spring, Director of the Center for Behavior and Health, and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, & Psychiatry, Northwestern University

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, and Professor of Geography, San Diego State University


Applications are requested for the HDE Summer Institute from two categories of participants:

  1. Students in Ph.D. (or equivalent) programs in the United States.
  2. Early-career and post-doctoral scholars in US-based institutions.

While PhD students at any stage are invited to apply, the Institute will be most beneficial for those students who have finished their coursework and are developing or have already defended their dissertation proposal.

Early-career/post-doctoral scholars should have completed their Ph.D. within the past 3 years and be working in an area related to personal informatics and health. Participants who are unsure of their eligibility or have unique circumstances should contact us at hdexplore@calit2.net to discuss their application.

We are seeking participants who come from a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds and are open to working in an interdisciplinary setting.


Room and board will be provided by the Institute for all accepted participants. Participants (or their home institutions) will be expected to cover travel to and from San Diego. A small number of need-based travel scholarships will be made available.


Doctoral students and early career researchers should prepare their CV and a short (up to 500 words) response to the question “How does/will your work advance our ability to understand and improve health through new forms of personal data?” In order to situate your research within a larger community, please cite at least three relevant publications that have influenced your own work. Applicants should seek a letter of recommendation from their advisor, mentor, or department chair indicating their expected graduation date (for current PhD students) and how the HDE Summer Institute will advance their scholarship.

Applications should be submitted with all relevant documents by May 1st, 2017. The HDE Summer Institute Advisory Committee will review applications using the following criteria:

  • Clear articulation of the hoped-for contribution to public health and personal informatics.
  • Likelihood of Summer Research Institute participation providing significant practical benefit for the individual.
  • Contribution to a balanced and diverse group of participants.Participants will be notified by June 15th, 2017.