I have recently started as Director of Product Management at Snapfinger.com.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Centered Computing program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I successfully defended my dissertation in March of 2012, and expect to graduate in May 2012. My advisor is Professor Elizabeth Mynatt and I am a member of the everyday computing lab.
For my Ph.D. dissertation, I designed an online application called Salud!, that supports individuals in self-monitoring data related to personal health and wellness, and provides tools for managing personal goals (e.g. losing weight or training for a marathon). Users can also invite a facilitator, such as a personal trainer or nutritionist, to use the system with them. I have deployed and evaluted Salud! in several contexts, including the GT Biggest Loser competition on the Georgia Tech campus. Anyone can join and use Salud! for free. The infrastructure that powers Salud! is available for others to integrate or use in their work (see overview, docs). Please contact me for more information.
I am also the co-founder and CTO of Usable Health, an Atlanta-based startup that develops an interactive, patron-facing solution for restaurants, called the smartmenu. Smartmenus allow restaurant patrons to order from the menu, review nutritional information, and join loyalty programs. Smartmenus can also help health-conscious patrons discover menu items that fit their diet. Our network of smartmenus currently processes over 500 orders per day, across 20 different Atlanta-area restaurants.
In January 2012, I was named one of the 30 Under 30 Innovators in Technology by Forbes magazine for my work with Salud! and Usable Health. I received a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2005.
- I. Li, Y. Medynskiy, J. Froehlich, and E.G. Larsen. Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Life Through Data. Proceedings of CHI 2012. Austin, TX, USA. May 2012.
- L. Mamykina, A. Miller, Y. Medynskiy, C. Grevet, P. Davidson, M. Terry, and E. Mynatt. Examining the Impact of Collaborative Tagging on Sensemaking in Nutrition Management. Proceedings of CHI 2011. Vancouver, BC, Canada. May 2011.
- Y. Medynskiy, S. Yarosh, and E. Mynatt. Five Strategies for Supporting Healthy Behavior Change. Extended Abstracts of CHI 2011. Vancouver, BC, Canada. May 2011.
- Y. Medynskiy and E. Mynatt. Salud!: An Open Infrastructure for Developing and Deploying Health Self-management Applications. Proceedings of Pervasive Health 2010. Munchen, Germany. March 2010.