My current work focuses on the creation of interfaces that help facilitate communication between people in environments where it is difficult, yet criticially important (e.g., medical settings).
My interests involve researching the effect of different interactive modalities and interfaces tailored to specific environments or scenarios. My goal is to promote effective information sharing and visualization.
My current research involves the creation of interactive workflows for collaborative tasks. This work aims to help people perform group-based tasks in an effective manner with the goal of reducing errors.
Up to 400,000 people may die each year as a result of preventable medical errors. We're developing hands-free and multimodal interfaces to facilitate situational awareness in collaborative tasks and procedures. Work in this area is still ongoing.
The ability for healthcare providers to identify pain in patients is of critical importance. We introduce a novel method using performance-driven synthesis in virtual avatars for tools that may one day help train providers to better recognize pain.
The meeting when cancer patients first receive their diagnosis is a difficult conversation. Needs vary among both patients and providers. In this work, we provide considerations for the development of interfaces to facilitate this conversation.
Gonzales, M.J., Moosaei, M., and Riek, L.D. (2013). “A Novel Method for Synthesizing Naturalistic Pain on Virtual Patients”. Simulation in Healthcare. Vol. 8, Issue 6. [PDF] [Best overall paper and Best student paper, Technology Innovation, IMSH 2014]
Gonzales, M.J. and Riek, L.D. (2013). "Co-designing Patient-centered Health Communication Tools for Cancer Care". In Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth).[Acceptance Rate: 32%]. [PDF]
Gonzales, M.J., O'Connor, M.F., and Riek, L.D. (2013) “Contextual Constraints for the Design of Patient-Centered Health IT Tools”. In Proceedings of the AMIA International Conference on Context Sensitive Health Informatics (CSHI).[PubMed]