Herman Saksono Biography


Herman Saksono, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Digital health equity
User-centered design
Physical activity interventions
Health Disparities


Dr. Saksono was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University‘s Center of Research in Computation and Society. He completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Northeastern University. I received a Fulbright scholarship for my Computer Science Master’s study in 2012-2014. He got his B.Eng. degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

Project Description

In his research, Dr. Saksono investigates how to design technologies that help address health disparities. He examines how health technologies can catalyze social interactions that help people to manage their health and wellbeing as collective efforts. He has been conducting the entire user-centered design process by designing, building, and evaluating novel health technologies in collaboration with members of marginalized communities. Health apps that I have designed, developed, and evaluated include Storywell, Go & Grow, and Spaceship Launch.

Publications – Past Three Years

Journal Articles 

Herman Saksono, Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, Jessica Hoffman, Magy Seif El-Nasr, Andrea G. Parker. 2021. StoryMap: Using Social Modeling and Self-Modeling to Support Physical Activity Among Low-SES Families. In CHI 2021. ACM, New York, NY, USA. 

Perovich, L. J., Alper, M., & Cleveland, C. (2022). “Self-Quaranteens” process COVID-19: Understanding information visualization language in memes. Proceedings of the ACM on Human Computer Interaction, 6(1), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1145/3512894.  

Herman Saksono, Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, Jessica Hoffman, Vivien Morris, Magy Seif El-Nasr, Andrea Parker. 2020. Storywell: Designing for Family Fitness App Motivation by Using Social Rewards and Reflection. In CHI 2020. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 13 pages. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3313831.3376686

Xin Yao Lin, Herman Saksono, Elizabeth Stowell, Margie Lachman, Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, Andrea G. Parker. 2020. Go&Grow: An Evaluation of a Pervasive Social Exergame for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia. In Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 4, CSCW 2, Article 151 (October 2020). https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3415222.

Herman Saksono, Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, Jessica Hoffman, Magy Seif El-Nasr, Vivien Morris, Andrea Parker. 2019. Social Reflections on Fitness Tracking Data: A Study with Families in Low-SES Neighborhoods. In CHI 2019. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 14 pages. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3290605.3300543