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Jan Derboven <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:48:15 +0000
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Call for papers

mHealth and psycho-physical wellbeing - A workshop on 29 September 2018, in conjunction with the NordiCHI 2018 conference in Oslo, Norway

This one-day workshop addresses the theme of "mHealth and psycho-physical wellbeing". Both in academia and in industry, mHealth applications have recently started to address not only physical health, but also mental health. Apart from monitoring physical parameters to improve patients' self-management of diseases, an increasing number of health monitoring apps include cognitive behavioural approaches and mindfulness.

However, the combination of mental support with specific self-management paradigms poses particular challenges for the design of the technology. For instance, constant access to detailed health data and information can interfere with mental wellbeing, as an overwhelming amount of health data can induce stress and anxiety.

The aim of this workshop is to address some of the challenges associated with the combination of self-monitoring and mental health and mindfulness goals. These challenges include, but are not limited to:

       User research challenges: how can we better understand users' motivations and needs for mental support via mHealth in order to develop better mHealth applications?

       Design challenges: what does the design space for mobile health applications look like, combining practical self-management and support for mental well-being?

       Evaluation challenges: how can we evaluate the effects of mental support in mHealth applications?

Please send your 2-4 pages position paper to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. The position papers can take the form of research on, or the development of existing systems and proofs of concept, short opinion essays about the intersection of mhealth and well-being, or speculative essays on future opportunities or pitfalls related to mHealth and wellbeing. You can find more information on the workshop's site:

We expect 10-20 participants to take part in the workshop.

Papers will be selected based their quality, topic relevance, and potential for discussion. At least one author of each paper is expected to attend the workshop.

Important dates:

Deadline for position papers: 10 August 2018

Notification of acceptance: 17 August 2018

Workshop date: Saturday 29 September 2018

Looking forward to meet you in Oslo,

Jan Derboven, Roos Voorend, and Katleen Van der Gucht (KU Leuven)

Gennaro Tartarisco, Flavia Marino, Giovanni Pioggia (National Research Council of Italy)

Sebastiano Nucera (University of Messina)??

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