CHI 2014 workshop – Personalised behaviour change technologies

Very excited to present my first PhD publication at CHI2014! It’s a workshop paper, so it will be available online here. The workshop was on Personalised Behaviour Change Technologies and brought together researchers with different backgrounds (anthropology, psychology, computer science). 
A big issue that came up during discussions was trying to define what we mean by ‘personalisation’. Secondly, we discussed whether we should develop technologies that are meant to be used for life, or ones we can graduate from. Other concerns included evaluation methods, design techniques and how behaviour change theories fit into these technologies.
Hopefully, we will be able to produce a special issue based on our discussions. 
Below you can find the abstract of my paper, wrote together with my supervisors, and the presentation slides. 

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7 networking lessons I learnt at CHI 2014 (aka what I wish I had done)

I just came back from CHI conference (http://chi2014.acm.org/), and after talking with other PhD students I realised what I did wrong when trying to network. If only I had known this stuff before…. oh well, lesson learnt for the next upcoming conference!

1. Don’t aim only for the “big names”.

People that are like rockstars in your field might not have time to chat with you or, if they find a few minutes, they might not still be working on that paper you love citing so much. 

2. Don’t just go for questions at the end of a presentation talk.

Questions are good if you want a specific short answer on the paper they just presented, but it’s more likely that you want to have a long conversation with that person and that’s hardly going to happen at the end of a presentation. Especially cause people want to run off to the next session. 

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UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

Yesterday I went to the launch of UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, created to bring together researcher and non-researchers interested in the field of behaviour change, to facilitate networking and communication among people with a common interest. I was particularly impressed with one of the speaker’s presentation, Prof. Alexi Marmot. Read more…

How to present your research

The nice this about doing a PhD, among other stuff, is that the really encourage you to develop transferable skills. Therefore today I attended a workshop on how to make a presentation, held by Gabriel Brostow.      Most of the things are quite self-evident if you think about it, Read more…

Timeline

So, clearly I never did a PhD in Italy, but I know several friends who did or are still in the process of.  After being here for 6 weeks one thing is clear: a PhD is totally different from here to there.  But is it, really? Or does it just Read more…

ECRC and CHI2013 Conferences

I got accepted as a student volunteer at the first ACM European Computing Research Conference (ECRC) which will be held in Paris between May 2nd and 4th 2013. What is even more exciting, is that it takes place at the same period and in the same venue of CHI2013. At ECRC2013 Read more…