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Dr.Helena Mentis

Assistant Professor
CSCW, Health Informatics

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the director of the Bodies in Motion Lab.

My research contributes to the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and health informatics. I investigate how images and visualizations play a part in medical collaboration and care, particularly with regards to how both professionals and layman perceive imaging information through interaction and manipulation. In turn, I develop image interaction systems in order to investigate the effects of new mechanisms for sensing, presenting, and interacting with images. Most recently I have been addressing these questions in two fundamental streams of research: (1) imaging interaction in surgery and (2) movement analysis in healthcare. Typically I leverage new commercially available interaction device such as the Microsoft Kinect, Leap Motion, or Myo and new imaging capture and display technology such as the Google Glass, Hololens, or immersive CAVES. I have employed a variety of methods in my work, but primarily I perform participant observations and interviews throughout a design research process.

Prior to my position at UMBC, I was an ERCIM postdoctoral researcher at Mobile Life in Sweden (2009-2010), held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Microsoft Research Cambridge and Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge (2010-2012), and then went on to serve as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance (2012-2013). I received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State, MS in Communication from Cornell, and BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech.