PROJECT QVIS: Refining questionnaire visualizations for answers, feedback and historical summaries - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Laurie Hendren

Supervisor's Email: hendren [at]

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Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Project end date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Project title: PROJECT QVIS: Refining questionnaire visualizations for answers, feedback and historical summaries

Project description:
Prelude: The Health Informatics Group for Opal is a multidisciplinary team co-led by Prof. Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Dr. John Kildea (Medical Physics) and Dr. Tarek Hijal (Radiation Oncology). The project also has two full-time developers and several part-time developers, as well as a group of undergraduate student researchers each term. Our overall aim is to use technology and data to help cancer patients. One of the key projects is the development of Opal, a mobile app for Oncology patients.
Project: The Opal mobile app includes a mechanism for patients to complete patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires. Previous undergraduate projects have designed an initial prototype of visualizations for these questionnaires on the phone, including a mechanism for patients to report feedback about the questions themselves, and a mechanism for looking at the historical trends of their answers. This project will continue this work, refining the current visualizations, designing and implementing visualizations for new types of questions, and designing and implementing alternative visualizations, concentrating on developing questionnaire views that are good for the elderly, those with colour-blindness, and those with low vision.
This project will be advised by Prof. Laurie Hendren, with support by the Opal development team.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% final report, 25% meetings and milestones, 25% software development

Other project information: The group meets with all of the student research students bi-weekly, usually on Friday afternoons at 2pm.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: Please email: (1)Title of project, (2) statement of why you would like this project, (3) copy of transcript and CV

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.