Extending & Facilitating Informal Care Networks

I am exploring the needs and challenges of informal caregivers (e.g., family members, friends, non-professional caregivers) and how technologies could support their life and caregiving work to improve both caregivers’ and their care recipients’ health and well-being. My main research focuses on how to design technologies that could extend and facilitate informal care networks, which involve secondary caregivers and bystanders as temporary informal caregivers, to reduce one’s caregiving burdens.

Aehong Min. 2021. Extending & Facilitating Informal Care Networks for People with Epilepsy & Caregivers. In Companion Publication of the 2021 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 275–278. DOI:

Information Management & Social Support for Informal Care

I have conducted surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions with diverse population groups of informal caregivers and their care recipients.

  • People with epilepsy & their caregivers in the U.S.
  • Family caregivers & respite professional caregivers for older adults in the U.S.
  • Caregivers of people with mental illness at animal-assisted therapy services in the U.S.
  • Family caregivers & paid caregivers for patients in South Korea

[ Relevant Paper ]

Aehong Min, Wendy Miller, Luis Rocha, Katy Börner, Rion Brattig Correia, and Patrick C. Shih. 2021. Just In Time: Challenges and Opportunities of First Aid Care Information Sharing for Supporting Epileptic Seizure Response. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 5, CSCW1, Article 113 (April 2021), 24 pages. DOI:

Aehong Min, Flannery Currin, Gustavo Razo, Kay Connelly, and Patrick C. Shih. 2020. Can I Take a Break? Facilitating In-Home Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Older Adults. In American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium Proceedings (AMIA ’20).

Smart Breathalyzer for College Students’ Safe Drinking

I explored how using a smart breathalyzer could make college students be more aware of the risks of excessive drinking as well as take action to prevent it.

I have conducted a user study, surveys, interviews, and UX evaluations with college students on their drinking practice and the use of a breathalyzer and a smartphone app. My project team designed and developed a prototype for a new app.

[ Relevant Paper ]

Aehong Min, Daehyoung Lee, Gege Gao, Stella Jeong, and Patrick C. Shih. 2020. Design and assessment of a personal breathalyzer intervention to support responsible drinking. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 137, 102382 (May 2020), 1-15.