Demonstrating Wellbeing and Healthcare HCI Through Multidisciplinary Innovation and Experiential Prototyping

  • Wei LiuEmail author
  • Xin Zhao
  • Wenjie Pan
  • Dan Qin
  • Menghua Tan
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1205)


Multidisciplinary design research is a development trend of scientific research and design innovation. Through multi-angle and multi-dimensional design innovation, multidisciplinary teams help various fields solve complex design problems. This study demonstrates three cases that focus on the healthcare field. The age of the target user groups ranges from a five-year-old child to a seventy-year-old man. We explore different users’ needs, materialize design innovation through multidisciplinary collaboration. Three wellbeing and healthcare auxiliary demonstrations are designed and developed for busy white-collars, children who are afraid of visiting doctors, and the elderly who take long-term medication, which includes a smart wearable device, children’s diagnosis companion toy, and smart pillbox. These prototypes meet users’ health needs in different contexts through informal user testing sessions. Furthermore, they encourage a healthy lifestyle and show humanistic care to target users.


Multidisciplinary Design innovation Wellbeing and healthcare HCI design User experience 



We would like to thank our teaching team, students, and the Fulbright Research Scholar Grant (ID: PS00284539).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xin Zhao
    • 1
  • Wenjie Pan
  • Dan Qin
  • Menghua Tan
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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