Welcome to the Adaptive Cognition and Interaction Design (ACTION) lab. The ACTION lab is led by Dr. Jessie Chin, at the School of Information Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, there are four main research themes in the ACTION Lab:

  • Adaptation to Information Proliferation
  • Coupling Cognitive Systems
  • Reliable, Useful and Accurate Health Knowledge for All
  • Innovative and Accessible Health Care for All

As an interdisciplinary team, our research aims at translating theories in cognitive sciences, human-computer interaction, human factors and health informatics to understand and build sociotechnical solutions for promoting complex cognitive activities (such as learning and decision-making) and health behavior/communication among diverse patient populations across the lifespan. [Learn More]

Keywords from Current Research Projects: Applied Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Information Foraging, Self-Regulated Learning, Decision-Making, Cognitive Aging, Health Communication, Health Literacy, Health Misinformation, Digital Health, Aging-in-Place, Precision Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control, Conversational Agents, Human-Machine Interactive Learning


May 16-17, 2022 Invited Panelist at the Machine Learning and Health Outcomes in Cancer Care Delivery Research. Hosted by the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).


May 12, 2022 A new story about the newly funded project to promote long-term health behavior change for the patients with kidney failure. 

April 8, 2022 Received new award from the Jump ARCHES 2022 for a project, Development of a Chatbot for Delivering Long-Term Motivational Interviewing for Improving Exercise Adherence in Hemodialysis Patients. 

April 5, 2022 New peer-reviewed journal article accepted to the Health Education Research, Assessing Covid-19 Health Literacy (CoHL) and its relationships with socio-demographic features, locus of control and compliance with social distancing rules during the first lockdown in France.

Last updated on May 12, 2022