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


Jan 28. Huge congrats to our doctoral researchers on their recently accepted publications!
– Huge congrats to Smit Desai on the acceptance of his first-authored proceeding in the prestigious conference, ACM CHI’23, entitled “OK Google, Let’s Learn: Using Voice User Interfaces for Informal Self-Regulated Learning of Health Topics among Younger and Older Adults”! Smit has developed the conversational agent, Health Buddy, with different metacognitive strategies to support health information learning, and examined its effects on self-regulated learning for both younger and older users in a user study. We will present this paper at ACM CHI’23 this April.
– Huge congrats to Michelle Bak on the acceptance of her first-authored peer-reviewed journal article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, entitled “Mental Health Pandemic during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Social Media as a Window to Public Mental Health”. Parts of the results were presented at IC2S2 and received the Honorable Mention Poster Award!

Jan 10. New article featuring the research on cancer self-management, information search behavior, and digital phenotyping.

Nov 29. Receive Arnold O. Beckman Research Award for special distinction of research by the University of Illinois.

Nov 29. The research project, “Augmenting Health Self-Regulation across the Cancer Survivorship Continuum by Digital Phenotyping”, is awarded by the Campus Research Board.

Nov 4. Present at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2022, Indianapolis, IN.

Sep 23. An invited talk, “Health Literacy: An Overview and Implications to Empower Patients”, is given at the OSF Healthcare.

July 22. Doctoral student, Michelle Bak, receives the Honorable Mention Poster Award at the 8th International Conference for Computational Social Sciences.


Our research has been supported by:

  1. National Institute of Health (National Cancer Institute) since 2020
  2. Jump ARCHES since 2021
  3. Mather Institute since 2020
  4. Napoleon since 2021
  5. Campus Research Board since 2022
  6. CHAD Pilot Grant since 2022

Last Update: Feb 18, 2023