Daniel Epstein


I am an Assistant Professor in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.

I study how personal tracking technology can acknowledge and account for the realities of everyday life. More people are tracking today than ever before, and as a result they bring more varied expertise and goals than many apps and devices are designed to accomodate. I therefore examine how the design of tracking technology can be improved, often prototyping and evaluating new design ideas.

I recently completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington, where I was coadvised by James Fogarty and Sean Munson. I received my B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

When I'm not doing research, I try to spend time outside by hiking or running. I also collect turtle figurines, plushies, and pictures.

Selected Publications (all)

Examining Self-Tracking by People with Migraine: Goals, Needs, and Opportunities in a Chronic Health Condition
Jessica Schroeder, Chia-Fang Chung, Daniel A. Epstein, Ravi Karkar, Adele Parsons, Natalia Murinova, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
DIS 2018 PDFDOIBibTeX
Honorable Mention (Top 5%)
Defining Adherence: Making Sense of Physical Activity Tracker Data
Lie Ming Tang, Jochen Meyer, Daniel A. Epstein, Kevin Bragg, Lisa Engelen, Adrian Bauman, Judy Kay
PACM on Interactive Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) 2, 1PDFDOIBibTeX
Friends Don’t Need Receipts: The Curious Case of Social Awareness Streams in the Mobile Payment App Venmo
Monica Caraway, Daniel A. Epstein, Sean A. Munson
PACM on Human-Computer Interaction 1, CSCWPDFDOIBibTeX
Examining Menstrual Tracking to Inform the Design of Personal Informatics Tools
Daniel A. Epstein, Nicole B. Lee, Jennifer H. Kang, Elena Agapie, Jessica Schroeder, Laura R. Pina, James Fogarty, Julie A. Kientz, Sean A. Munson
CHI 2017 PDFDOIBibTeXstudy materialsblog post (part 1)blog post (part 2)
Best Paper (Top 1%)
TummyTrials: A Feasibility Study of Using Self-Experimentation to Detect Individualized Food Triggers
Ravi Karkar, Jessica Schroeder, Daniel A. Epstein, Laura R. Pina, Jeffrey Scofield, James Fogarty, Julie A. Kientz, Sean A. Munson, Roger Vilardaga, Jasmine Zia
CHI 2017 PDFDOIBibTeX
Honorable Mention (Top 5%)
Semi-Automated Tracking: A Balanced Approach for Self-Monitoring Applications
Eun Kyoung Choe, Saeed Abdullah, Mashfiqui Rabbi, Edison Thomaz, Daniel A. Epstein, Matthew Kay, Felicia Cordeiro, Gregory D. Abowd, Tanzeem Choudhury, James Fogarty, Bongshin Lee, Mark Matthews, Julie A. Kientz
IEEE Pervasive Computing 16, 1PDFDOIBibTeX
Reconsidering the Device in the Drawer: Lapses As a Design Opportunity in Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, Jennifer H. Kang, Laura R. Pina, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
UbiComp 2016 PDFDOIBibTeX
Taking 5: Work-Breaks, Productivity, and Opportunities for Personal Informatics for Knowledge Workers
Daniel A. Epstein, Daniel Avrahami, Jacob T. Biehl
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXstudy materials
Crumbs: Lightweight Daily Food Challenges to Promote Engagement and Mindfulness
Daniel A. Epstein, Felicia Cordeiro, James Fogarty, Gary Hsieh, Sean A. Munson
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXstudy materials
Beyond Abandonment to Next Steps: Understanding and Designing for Life After Personal Informatics Tool Use
Daniel A. Epstein, Monica Caraway, Chuck Johnston, An Ping, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
CHI 2016 PDFDOIBibTeXsurvey materials
A Lived Informatics Model of Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, An Ping, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
UbiComp 2015 PDFDOIBibTeXsurvey materials
Barriers and Negative Nudges: Exploring Challenges in Food Journaling
Felicia Cordeiro, Daniel A. Epstein, Edison Thomaz, Elizabeth Bales, Arvind K. Jagannathan, Gregory D. Abowd, James Fogarty
CHI 2015 PDFDOIBibTeX
Honorable Mention (Top 5%)
From "Nobody Cares" to "Way to Go!": A Design Framework for Social Sharing in Personal Informatics
Daniel A. Epstein, Bradley H. Jacobson, Elizabeth Bales, David W. McDonald, Sean A. Munson
CSCW 2015 PDFDOIBibTeX
Taming Data Complexity in Lifelogs: Exploring Visual Cuts of Personal Informatics Data
Daniel A. Epstein, Felicia Cordeiro, Elizabeth Bales, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson
DIS 2014 PDFDOIBibTeX
Fine-Grained Sharing of Sensed Physical Activity: A Value Sensitive Approach
Daniel A. Epstein, Alan Borning, James Fogarty
UbiComp 2013 PDFDOIBibTeX