Who Is Zuki?

Story-based ambient interfaces that assist with positive behavior change.

Who is

WhoIsZuki is a fitness tracker that leverages compelling narratives and artwork to encourage positive behavior change that enables reaching ones' fitness goals.


Stanford researchers are developing a fitness app called WhoIsZuki that uses storytelling to keep users active.
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A research team from Stanford is building a fitness app to keep users active. The app called WhoIsZuki is based on storytelling.
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James Landay
Computer Science

Elizabeth Murnane
Faculty (Dartmouth)

Paula Moya

Julia Markel
Computer Science
PhD student

Raisul Ahsan
Computer Science
Masters Student

Paul Duggan
Undergraduate Student

Saloni Sanwalka
Political Science
Undergraduate Student

Kate Glazko
Certificate Student


Combining compelling narratives with ambient, glanceable displays to encourage behavior change in individuals seeking to improve their health.

Leveraging the power of storytelling to motivate healthier living in elderly Latinx populations.


Designing Ambient Narrative-Based Interfaces to Reflect and Motivate Physical Activity [Paper][CHI Website]
Elizabeth L. Murnane, Xin Jiang, Anna Kong, Michelle Park, Weili Shi, Connor Soohoo, Luke Vink, Iris Xia, Yu Xin, John Yang-Sammataro, Grace Young, Jenny Zhi, Paula Moya, James A. Landay
CHI 2020

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Who are we looking for?
We are looking for exceptional students who are passionate about improving education with technology to join us. In particular, we are looking for students or researchers who have prior experience in any of the following areas: HCI, Design, and Creative Writing.

How do we usually work with Stanford students?
Stanford undergraduate and masters students usually enroll in research classes such as CS 199 and CS 399 during the school year and apply for summer research programs such as CURIS in the summer.

Can I still apply if I am not Stanford-affiliated?
Yes. We also welcome industry collaborators outside of Stanford.

I am interested! How can I apply?
Please send an email to whoiszuki@gmail.com with your resume and/or transcript attached.