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Panel on Persuasive Technology Education

We’re joining the upcoming panel on “Teaching a Persuasive Technology course” that takes place as part of the Persuasive Technology 2021 conference. We’re looking forward to the much needed discussion!

Panel session: Teaching a Persuasive Technology Course

Moderator: Dena Al-Thani, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Panel Members:

  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Oulu University, Finland
  • Evangelos Karapanos, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, University of Twente, the Netherlands
  • Raian Ali, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

A sabbatical semester

We’ve just came back from a productive sabbatical. Chrysanthi spend two months at the Telefonica research labs in Barcelona, supported by the Encase project, Loukas spend his semester at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in Tilburg, NL, and I visited the Interaction Design Lab of the University of Melbourne. We had lots of fun and have some interesting stuff on the pipeline…

Congratulations to Dr. Ruben Gouveia!

One of our very own, Rúben Gouveia, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Tracking in the wild: Exploring the everyday use of physical activity trackers”. Rúben is moving to the University of Twente as an Assistant Professor as of Sept 1st, 2019. Rúben! it has been more than a pleasure!

Research visit of Elçin Hancı

We had the pleasure of hosting between February and April 2019, Elçin Hancı – Ph.D. candidate at the Human-Technology Interaction group of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Elcin’s working hypothesis, in her PhD studies, is that we treat physical activity trackers as social actors. Her work involves experimental studies of social effects on participants’ perceptions of the tracker, and motivation for physical activity (see her recent publication at Persuasive’19). We had a lot of interesting discussions and worked towards a joint publication. The photo depicts Elçin and the rest of the lab – Chrysanthi, Georgia and Loukas (from right to left) – as happy student volunteers at the Persuasive’19 conference that we hosted here in Limassol. Elçin, it was a pleasure!

Ruben Gouveia Finalist for the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award

Ruben Gouveia has been selected as a finalist for the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award at Ubicomp 2018 along with four other students from Cornell University, the University of Washington and Stuttgart University. The award was given to Alex Mariakakis from the University of Washington. More information at:

Ruben is finishing his PhD studies at University of Madeira, under the supervision of Dr. Evangelos Karapanos. Ruben’s work has tried to understand how users engage with physical activity trackers and to design appropriate strategies that increase user engagement and lead to behavior change. More information about Ruben’s work can be found at

Persuasive’19 coming to Limassol!

We’re proudly hosting Persuasive’19 in Limassol, from April 9 to 11, 2019. Persuasive Technology (PT) is a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, focusing on the design, development and evaluation of interactive technologies aimed at changing people’s attitudes or behaviors through persuasion and social influence, but not through coercion or deception.

Research visit of Dr. Tuomas Kari

Dr. Tuomas Kari visited our lab during the period 3-7.9.2018. His background is in information systems science, and his main research interest lays in the use of technology in everyday life, especially in the context of health and wellness. During the visit, Tuomas gave a talk on exertion games and gamification, and we talked about our mutual research interests, and explored opportunities for collaboration.

H2020 project kick-off: Co-inform

The official kick-off of the H2020 project Co-Inform took place in May’18. Co-Inform is about empowering citizens, journalists and policy-makers with co-created socio-technical solutions, to increase resilience to misinformation and to generate more informed behaviours and policies. The aim of Co-Inform is to co-create this solutions with citizens, journalists and policy-makers for:

  • Detecting and combating a variety of misinforming posts and articles on social media;
  • Supporting, persuading and nourishing misinformation-resilient behaviour;
  • Bridging between the public on social media, external fact-checking journalists, and policy-makers;
  • Understanding and predicting which misinforming news and contents are likely to spread across which parts of the network and demographic sectors;
  • Infiltrating echo-chambers on social media to expose confirmation-biased networks to different perceptions and corrective information; and
  • Providing policy-makers with advanced misinformation analysis to support their policy-making processes and validation.

Our work will explore the design of technological interventions that nudge individuals towards misinformation-resilient behaviours. CUT is further represented by Dr. Elena Kyza (PI) and Dr. Dionysis Panos.

Research visitors

We had the pleasure of welcoming two research visitors over the past months.

Mr Olli Korhonen, PhD student at the Interact Research Unit of the University of Oulu, advised by Prof. Minna Isomursu, visited our lab between January and February 2018 (16.1-13.2) as part of a short-term scientific mission in the context of the European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies. Olli’s work focuses on the personalisation of e-health services. The scope of Olli’s visit was to inquire into the nature of personalisation in the context of health behavior change technologies, across three domains of activity of the lab – gamification, goal-setting and nudging.

Our own Rúben Gouveia, who is completing his PhD studies at the University of Madeira and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, visited our lab between October 2017 and February 2018. During his time here, Rúben designed and conducted a field trial of a novel smartwatch application for the promotion of physical activity. He is currently analyzing the data and planning the write-up of what is expected to be the last study in his thesis. In the meantime, Ruben also got a full paper accepted at the top-tier ACM CHI conference.

Persuasive’18 in Waterloo, Canada. Submit!

We’re involved in the organisation of the Persuasive’18 conference to be held in Waterloo, Canada. Deadline for papers: November 1, 2017. Submit!


Dear sir/madam,
We are pleased to announce that the International Conference on Persuasive Technology is being hosted in Waterloo, Canada in 2018!  The conference will be hosted by the University of Waterloo, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
Persuasive Technology brings together researchers interested in using psychology and technology to effect behaviour change.  The conference is suitable for everyone interested in persuasive technology, persuasive design and design for behaviour change.
The submission deadline for papers, workshops, and tutorials is November 1, 2017.  Please check our website or the Call for Papers below for more information.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Persuasive Technology conference and welcoming you to Waterloo and Canada!
Kind regards,
The Organizers of Persuasive Technology 2018.



The 13th International Conference on Persuasive Technology

April 16-19, 2018, Waterloo, Canada

Paper submission deadline: November 1, 2017


Persuasive Technology (PT) is a vibrant interdisciplinary research field, focusing on the design, development and evaluation of interactive technologies aimed at changing people’s attitudes or behaviors through persuasion and social influence, but not through coercion or deception.
The 13th international conference on Persuasive Technologies will be hosted by the University of Waterloo, Canada, a short drive from the beautiful multicultural city of Toronto.  This is the first time that the Persuasive Technology conference has come to Canada. The previous successful conferences have been organized in Amsterdam, Salzburg, Chicago, Padua, Sydney, Linköping, Columbus, Copenhagen, Claremont, Oulu, Palo Alto, and Eindhoven.
The conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia who are working in the field of persuasive technologies. As a community we aim at enriching people’s lives in various domains – e.g., health, safety, and the environment – by supporting their personal goals to change their behavior.
2018 Special Theme: Persuasive Technology – Making a Difference
This years special theme for the Persuasive Technology conference is “Making a difference”.  This theme is both a celebration of what Persuasive Technology has accomplished, and a challenge for where Persuasive Technology can make a difference in the future.  As a result we invite papers that show clearly the design of persuasive technologies with the explicit goal of creating behavioural change, and papers that show that persuasive technologies made a difference.  Papers that explore methods to improve the understanding of persuasive interventions, and the measurement of behaviour change are also encouraged.  We also encourage papers that exploring new frontiers for persuasive technology, such as personalized persuasion, uses of big data, new ways of creating engagement through gaming or social connection.  Persuasive technologies in various domains (health, energy usage, social commitment and others) and creative and effective uses of persuasion through various technologies (web, wearables, AI, and smart environments) will be considered.  
The main scope of the conference includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:
We welcome a wide diversity of papers. Papers eligible for acceptance may address the application of PT in different domains (e.g., health, safety, energy, etc.), examine the specific psychological mechanisms that positively or negatively influence PT effectiveness (e.g., habits, reciprocity, social comparison), the ethics of persuasive technology, focus on technology that provides input to persuasion attempts (e.g., sensors, monitoring, AI, etc.), or emphasize methodology (for design, evaluation, implementation, etc.). Whatever the focus, we especially welcome papers that focus on technology as a means to study interactions between humans and PT, are grounded in relevant and up-to-date theory, transcend a mere showcasing of applications, and address the generalizability of results.
The list below provides some additional examples (in no particular order); eligible papers are not limited to these specific examples.
·                     Safety
·                     Personalized health care (e.g. health, wellbeing, happiness)
·                     Personalized medicine
·                     Healthy environments
·                     Sustainable environment
·                     Persuasive wellbeing
·                     Persuasive cities
·                     eLearning and training
·                     Marketing and e-commerce
Technological and design perspective
·                     Big data systems
·                     Sensing technology
·                     Early warning systems
·                     Intelligent systems
·                     Smart environments
·                     Connected devices (Internet of Things)
·                     Design of feedback
·                     Multimodal interaction
·                     Persuasive systems, interfaces, visualization
·                     Socially influencing systems
·                     Computer-supported influence
·                     Tailored, persuasive, and personalized systems
·                     Mobile, pervasive and ubiquitous persuasion
·                     Design methodologies
·                     Behavior change support systems design
·                     Experiments
·                     Big data methodologies
·                     Gamification
·                     Implementation
·                     Evaluation and validation
·                     Valorization
·                     Machine learning
·                     (Ecological) monitoring
·                     Feedback
·                     Coaching
·                     Persuasion through gamification
·                     Mass persuasion and interactive technologies
·                     Cognition and persuasive technology
·                     Ethics and moral issues
·                     Cultural influences
·                     Humanizing and/or dehumanizing effects of persuasive technology
·                     Unconscious processes
·                     Habits and habit change
·                     Social practices
·                     Cultural values
·                     Reciprocity
·                     Competition, social comparison
·                     HCI issues
·                     Unexpected effects of PT
·                     Disruptive technology
·                     Persuasive backfiring
·                     Peripheral interaction
·                     Slow technology
Contributions can be made in the following categories:
·                     Paper (short and long)
·                     Poster
·                     Workshop
·                     Symposium
·                     Demo
·                     Doctoral consortium
·                     Tutorial
Please check for further details and for deeper descriptions of the contribution types.
General chair: Catherine Burns
Organizing chair: Plinio Morita
Program chairs: Jaap Ham and Evangelos Karapanos
Tutorial and Doctoral Symposium chair: Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
Workshop chair: Rita Orji
Social Media Team:            David Zehao Qin, Dia Rahman, Agnis Stibe

Administration: Krystina Bednarowski

Mobile HCI workshop on Quantified Self. Submit!

We will be co-organizing a workshop on New Directions for Self-Quantification for Behavior Change as part of Mobile HCI  2017 in Vienna. Submit your paper and join us!

New Directions in Self-Quantification for Behavior Change – Call for Papers
Workshop at MobileHCI
September 4th, 2017
Vienna, Austria


Elisabeth Kersten – van Dijk, Eindhoven University of Technology
Naomi Jacobs, Eindhoven University of Technology
Heleen Rutjes, Eindhoven University of Technology
Marc Hassenzahl, University of Siegen
Evangelos Karapanos, Cyprus University of Technology
Boris de Ruyter, Philips Research, Radboud University Nijmegen
Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Eindhoven University of Technology


The vision of the Quantified Self proposes that by gathering data about ourselves, we can gain insight into what makes us tick and shed light on avenues for self-improvement. However, examples from practice show that obtaining insight from data, let alone achieving long-term behavior change, is not trivial. In addition, self-tracking may have unintended side effects and hidden assumptions which complicate its effects. In this interactive workshop, we aim to bring together researchers from various fields with an interest in behavior change support systems, to compile an interdisciplinary, critical perspective on the use of self-quantification for behavior change.

Perspectives that are of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

– From data to action: How and to what extent do users understand and believe their data, and does it lead to new, actionable and meaningful insights? How can we help users translate their data into action?

– Unintended effects: What are the side effects of self-quantification and how can we investigate these?

– Individual differences: What individual differences change the effects of self-quantification, both stable (e.g., personality, socio-cultural background, gender) and temporary characteristics (e.g., mood, situational characteristics)?

– Ethical perspectives: how should we incorporate ethical considerations in the design of applications employing self-quantification for behavior change?

– Methodological perspectives: Which methods can be applied to answer the questions above?

** To participate **

Submit a position paper of 2-4 pages in SIGCHI extended abstracts format. Research results are not required; we invite specifically ideas and research in early stages.

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers based on relevance and expected contribution to the discussion in the workshop.

Please direct queries and paper submissions to

– The deadline for submission of workshop contributions is May 19th, 2017

– Notification will be sent to authors on June 9th, 2017

Please note that at least one author of each accepted position paper must register and attend the workshop. All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. Please register before the early registration deadline of June 19th.


Honorable Mention for Best Paper @ Ubicomp'15

Together with Ruben Gouveia and Marc Hassenzahl, we received an Honorable Mention Award for Best Paper for the paper How Do We Engage With Activity Trackers? A Longitudinal Study of HabitoThe Honorable Mention Award is given to a paper that was identified by the Program Committee as being among the top 5% of all submissions to UbiComp 2015. UbiComp is the premier interdisciplinary conference in the field of ubiquitous and pervasive computing, and a top-ranked international conference in computer science.