Societal Computing Lab


Our research focuses on applying theories, techniques, and research methods to address societal issues and create technologies that impact society.

  • Supporting underserved and vulnerable populations
    • People living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias
    • People living with HIV
    • People with Autism spectrum disorder
    • People with epilepsy
    • People with mental health and substance abuse issues
    • Fostering care for animal and environmental conservation efforts

Lab director

Patrick Shih's research focuses on the study of sociotechnical systems and mechanisms to support health and wellbeing and reduce health disparity of marginalized and underserved populations in rural areas. Specifically, his lab designs, prototypes, and deploys novel personal health informatics devices, interfaces, and platforms to support people with physical, developmental, and mental conditions. He also designs technologies to amplify human and animal capabilities in animal-assisted interventions and to improve animal welfare.