Understanding Everyday Life

Advancing Social and Health Sciences through Digital Day Reconstruction

July 29, 2022 | 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

“Everyday life” speaks to the ordinary activities and experiences that most people encounter on a daily basis. Although mundane and unremarkable by definition, everyday life activities and experiences are shared by most people, play essential roles in shaping human health and well-being, and constitute much of the basis of societal development and progress.

On July 29, 2022, the Daynamica team hosted a one-day, in-person symposium titled "Understanding Everyday Life: Advancing Social and Health Sciences through Digital Day Reconstruction" at the University of Minnesota campus. The symposium highlighted how researchers at the University of Minnesota and beyond have used the Daynamica app--a digital app collecting human activity and well-being data throughout the day--for understanding everyday life and making new discoveries in social & health sciences. Speakers in the symposium explored a wide range of topics, ranging from time use and health outcomes among at-risk populations and during COVID to the effects of environmental exposure on health disparities.

More than 70 people participated in the symposium, including academics from a wide range of disciplines as well as practitioners from the public and private sectors. The event also provided participants networking opportunities to explore possible synergies and future partnerships for understanding the 5Ws (Who, What, When, Why, and Where) of daily living activities and experiences.

If you were not able to attend the symposium or missed a key presentation, you can access symposium video recordings and catch up on what you may have missed via the YouTube links below.

Dr. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota

Welcome Speech

Session 1: Time Use and Health Outcomes among At-Risk Populations

Dr. Ying Song, University of Minnesota

Work, Family, and Emotional Responses in Females and Gender Nonconforming People

Dr. Zan Gao, University of Minnesota

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Mental Health, Daily Activities, and Trip Behaviors

Dr. Julian Wolfson, University of Minnesota

Behavior, Time Use, and COVID-19 Exposure in Health Care Workers

Dr. Andy Becker, University of Minnesota

Causal Effects of Preexisting Conditions during COVID on Time Use, Contacts, and Wellbeing

Session 2: Environmental Exposure and Health Disparities

Dr. Samantha Gailey, Minnesota Population Center

Mobility-Based Green Space Exposure, Emotional Experiences, and Gender Differences

Dr. Kirti Das, Princeton University

Neighborhood Built Environment, Out-of-Home Leisure, and Everyday Happiness

Dr. Huyen Le, Ohio State University

Activity space, environmental exposure, and subjective well-being

Dr. Jinwoo Kim, Texas A & M University

Pedestrians as Sensors: Capturing Environmental Distress using Large-scale Biosignals

Dr. Alireza Ermagun, Mississippi State University

Environment Satisfaction Induced by Built Environment, Travel, and Personal Factors

Session 3: The Daynamica Roadmap: Recent Updates and Future Development Priorities

Dr. Guang Yang, Daynamica Inc.

Daynamica App Development

Schedule: Friday, July 29, 2022

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Check-In

8:30 a.m. Welcome and symposium overview

9:00 a.m. Session 1: Time Use and Health Outcomes among At-Risk Populations

10:20 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Session 2: Environmental Exposure and Health Disparities

12:10 p.m. Buffet Lunch

1:30 p.m. Session 3: The Daynamica Roadmap: Recent Updates and Priorities for Future Development

3:00 p.m. Program Wrap-Up

Accommodations & Transportation

Out-of-town participants can stay at the Graduate Hotel, a boutique hotel on that is a 2-3 minute walk from the conference facilities at the McNamara Alumni Center. The Minneapolis St.-Paul International Airport is a 15-20 minute drive from University of Minnesota campus, and can also be accessed via light rail.

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Contact Professor Yingling Fan at the University of Minnesota at yingling@umn.edu