I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Art & Design and minors in Biological Anthropology and History of Art. After graduating, I moved to Kyoto, Japan to live for two years as a researcher of Noh Theater and Masks. Briefly came back to the States for a year to relearn English before returning to Japan to pursue a masters in Media Design at Keio University in Tokyo.
In undergraduate, I studied a range of design and craft techniques. I also took full advantage of my University as a research facility and pursued other academic disciplines.
But in researching Noh, I gained unexpected skills. My initial language limitations allowed me to hone my observation skills and due to its emotional nature, prepared me to become a design researcher.
Outside of the design, I am an avid hiker and Zumba enthusiast. I also love animals and initially wanted to become a veterinarian when I entered college.
ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest, 3rd Prize in the Photography Section
ITO Foundation Scholarship Recipient
MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship Recipient [Detroit Consulate General of Japan Nominee]
1st Prize in CHI 2019 Student Design Competition
Fully funded EPSRC PhD studentship from University of Bristol
Bristol PLUS Award and
Awarded Associate Fellow HEA title for meeting UK Professional Standards Framework descriptor 1
Ewan Soubutts, Elaine Czech, Amid Ayobi, Rachel Eardley, Kirsten Cater, and Aisling Ann O'Kane. 2023. The Shifting Sands of Labour: Changes in Shared Care Work with a Smart Home Health System. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 490, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3581546
Elaine Czech, Ewan Soubutts, Rachel Eardley, and Aisling Ann O'Kane. 2023. Independence for Whom? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Onboarding a Home Health Monitoring System for Older Adult Care. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 330, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3580733
Elaine Czech, Paul Marshall, and Oussama Metatla. 2022. “Just like meeting in person” - Examination of interdependencies in dementia-friendly virtual activities. In Proceedings of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 12, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1145/3517428.3544815
Mina Shibasaki, Youichi Kamiyama, Elaine Czech, Koichi Obata, Yusuke Wakamoto, Keisuke Kishi, Takayuki Hasegawa, Shinkuro Tsuchiya, Soichiro Matsuda, and Kouta Minamizawa. 2020. Interest Arousal by Haptic Feedback During a Storytelling for Kindergarten Children. In Haptics: Science, Technology, Applications: 12th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2020, Leiden, The Netherlands, September 6–9, 2020, Proceedings. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 518–526. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-58147-3_57
Kenichiro Shirota, Makoto Uju, Yurike Chandra, Elaine Czech, Roshan Peiris, and Kouta Minamizawa. 2020. Design of Altered Cognition with Reshaped Bodies. In Proceedings of the Augmented Humans International Conference (AHs '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 22, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1145/3384657.3384773
Elaine Czech. 2023. Applying Technology in a Hybrid-Fashion to Create Dementia-Inclusive Community Spaces. SIGACCESS Access. Comput., 135, Article 1 (January 2023), 1 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3584732.3584733
Elaine Czech, Mina Shibasaki, Keitaro Tsuchiya, Roshan L. Peiris, and Kouta Minamizawa. 2020. Discovering Narratives: Multi-sensory Approach Towards Designing with People with Dementia. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3375209
Elaine Czech, Mina Shibasaki, Keitaro Tsuchiya, Roshan L. Peiris, and Kouta Minamizawa. 2019. Multi-modal Design to Promote Social Engagement with Dementia Patients. 2019 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), pp. 43-48.
Elaine Czech, Mina Shibasaki, and Keitaro Tsuchiya. 2019. Haptic Remembrance Book Series. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper SDC08, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3309685
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