AMIA 2021 Student Design Challenge
We are no longer accepting proposals
AMIA is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Student Design Challenge (SDC). In this challenge, we invite teams of graduate students from different scientific disciplines and of various backgrounds to propose creative interactive solutions to challenging health problems. We seek novel solutions that incorporate cutting edge computational and interactive technologies and take advantage of the considerable advances in such research areas as biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, information visualization, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, among many others.
Unlike previous student design challenges, this year’s challenge will not have a specific theme. Instead, we invite student teams to explore the space of creative design solutions that take a deeply user-centered approach to the design of novel interactive systems to improve health and the broader healthcare system. To support student teams in this undertaking, they will be invited to join a summer training program that includes didactic lecture, discussions and Q&A sessions with leading experts in HCI and biomedical informatics, and an opportunity to iteratively refine their design ideas with mentoring from experts in the field.
We invite teams of graduate students and trainees in biomedical informatics and related fields to prepare a brief (1-2 pages) proposal for innovative interactive solutions that address pressing problems related to health and healthcare. The proposal should clearly specify the selected problem, outline gaps in existing solutions targeting this problem, and describe the authors’ vision for their proposed solution. The five most innovative proposals will be invited to participate in a virtual summer training program.
Summer Training Program
During this program, the teams will be provided with training on topics related to the design of interactive systems in health, including but not limited to methods for understanding human practices and requirements gathering, design methods, evaluation methods, and others. The training will include virtual lectures, Q&A sessions with experts in the field, and practical exercises. Further, each team will have the opportunity to work with mentors who will provide teams with feedback on their emerging solutions. At the end of this period, the teams will be expected to fully articulate their proposed design concepts, develop a set of materials to illustrate their solution, and design an approach to evaluating their prototype in user studies. For this summer, our instructors/mentors include:
- Susanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Columbia University
- Yunan Chen, PhD, University of California at Irvine
- Kim Unertl, PhD, MS, Vanderbilt University
- Andrew Miller, PhD, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Madhu Reddy, PhD, Northwestern University
- Lena Mamykina, PhD, Columbia University
At the end of the training program, the teams will submit an extended abstract of their final design solutions (more details will be provided to the selected teams about the structure of the extended abstract). All five teams will be asked to attend AMIA Annual Symposium and present their solutions during a dedicated AMIA session.
- July 7 – Submission deadline for proposals
- July 16 – Invitations to top 5 teams sent
- July 22 – August 30 – summer training program
- September 30 – Final submissions
- November 2, 2021 – Presentation at the AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium
If you have any questions about this process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org