I Feel You

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Digital twins refer to a digital replica of potential actual physical assets, people, or systems, which are relevant for the future of digital health. These virtual replicas can be used to perform simulations that help assess possible risks, test performance, and optimize processes before applying them in the real world. Applied to the healthcare sector, a digital twin can refer to a replica of a patient or certain aspects of a human, like body parts, body organs or body systems. As a digital twin would age with the owner the question arises as to how we should visualize our digital twin (i.e., how to represent ourselves in a digital way with data). We do not yet know how people want their data (quantitative or qualitative) to be represented as digital twins. We addressed this question using generative design research methods, and more particularly co-design sessions that explored users’ perspectives and design preferences on digital twins. Our findings suggest a preference for qualitative representation unless there are emergency alerts, in which quantitative representations were preferred. People were reluctant towards health forecasting through a digital twin and saw it more as a reflection tool to improve quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Centered Software Engineering - 9th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference, HCSE 2022, Proceedings
EditorsRegina Bernhaupt, Carmelo Ardito, Stefan Sauer
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783031147845
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event9th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering, HCSE 2022 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 24 Aug 202226 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13482 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering, HCSE 2022

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  • Affective atmospheres
  • Affective design
  • Digital twins
  • Qualitative displays/interfaces
  • Visualization


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