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CFP: Social Interaction and Reflection for Behaviour Change


Theme Issue in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

Important Dates


Submission deadline: 15 October

Author notification: 1 February

Final version: 15 March



This theme issue will explore how personal and ubiquitous computing technologies can support behaviour change. Potential settings for behaviour change include encouraging physical activity and exercise, giving up unhealthy habits and addictions like cigarettes, cooking and eating more healthily, managing household chores, as well as digital behaviours like managing online distractions during work and minimising our ecological footprint on the web. All these settings can benefit from support through personal and ubiquitous computing technologies such as smartphones, sensor technologies, wearable computing systems and ambient displays.

This theme issue is particularly concerned with opportunities that these technologies offer for social interaction and reflection as means to support the behaviour change process. Traditionally many technologies for behaviour change have focussed on individual users. However, the widespread use of smartphones and social media has created new opportunities to connect people and to exchange support. For instance, peer groups can be an important source of social support throughout the change process, and personal and ubiquitous computing technologies can help them collaborate through tracking and sharing of behavioural data. Similarly, communities and movements benefit from technologies to coordinate their activities, to collectively reach their goals as well as to promote their cause.

Moreover, personal and ubiquitous computing technologies offer new opportunities for reflection. While many technologies for behaviour change prescribe goals or nudge people towards particular choices, there is also an interest in more open-ended technologies that provide resources for reflection on personal behaviours. For example, the Quantified Self movement highlights the popularity of self-tracking through smartphone apps and sensor technologies to better understand and reflect on their actions. Moreover, sensors combined with wearable technologies and situated displays can support reflection-in-action. For instance, the simple feedback from a heart rate monitor provides just-in-time feedback for runners to adjust their pace. Beyond self-tracking, ambient displays like the Power-Aware Cord facilitate reflection by bringing unconscious aspects of our lifestyles such as our electricity consumption to our awareness, thereby making them available for conscious deliberation.

The aim of this theme issue is to report on the current state of research on social interaction and reflection for behaviour change. This includes theories, concepts, designs and evaluations of personal and ubiquitous computing technologies across various settings.



Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

●      Deployments of novel personal and ubiquitous behaviour change support systems for social interaction and reflection

●      Case studies of existing systems in diverse behaviour change settings such as health, well-being, addictions, energy consumption, digital behaviours, etc.

●      Technologies for reflection and social interaction across different phases in the behaviour change process, from contemplating change to maintaining new habits

●      Behaviour change technologies for different groups of users, such as peer groups, families, communities and movements

●      Studies of different implicit and explicit interaction techniques as well as visualisation techniques and their implications for reflection and social interaction during behaviour change

●      Critiques of established theories of persuasive technology and behaviour change support systems as well as novel concepts, frameworks, guidelines, etc.

●      Methodological considerations for studying and evaluating reflection and social interaction for behaviour change

●      Ethical issues, such as social support versus pressure and coercion, observation versus surveillance or autonomy and free choice



Submissions should be prepared based on the Springer journal template<> according to the instructions on the journal homepage.<> Manuscripts must be anonymized and submitted as a PDF via email to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

All manuscript submissions will be rigorously peer reviewed. A final decision regarding acceptance / revision / rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

Please email us on [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> if you have any questions about the theme issue. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Guest Editors


Bernd Ploderer<>, University of Melbourne, Australia

Wolfgang Reitberger<>, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen<>, University of Oulu, Finland

Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen<>, University of Twente, the Netherlands

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