A free workshop exploring human computer interaction, mobile health, mental health, and physical (in)activity.
Technology designed to encourage physical activity is often narrowly focused on quantification (e.g. step counting) and goal setting (e.g. 10000 steps per day). This kind of technology is important, but often misses the value and practicalities of physical activity in our everyday lives. For example we often miss the value of walking to mental health and wellbeing, as well as overlook maladaptive uses and excessive exercising. We also often overlook the physical and mental health challenges many people face in doing physical activity, where simply providing quantifications is not enough.
It is also important to see the development of technology for promoting physical activity in the broader context of self tracking technology, location based systems, assistive technologies, games for health, and technology for mental health and wellbeing. It is also important to consider technology for promoting physical activity in the context of a diverse user base.
To date there have been few opportunities for researchers working on the broad set of issues in mobile health to come together to discuss how and why different people can be encouraged to be more active. This workshop will be exploratory, bringing together diverse participants to spark new ideas and directions for research and development of technology for promoting and enabling physical activity.
This event is open to anyone that would like to attend. We welcome participants with an interest or background in any of the areas the workshop will consider. People intereseted in this workshop might include:
Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
The workshop will be broad and exploratory, and we hope to encourage varied topics and discussions.
We will organise an evening meal. Venue TBA.
Registration is now open. Anyone is welcome to register. If you only plan to attend part of the workshop, if is helpful if you can inform the organisers.
Dr Maki Rooksby (University of Glasgow)
Dr John Rooksby (Northumbria University)
Prof Matthew Chalmers (University of Glasgow)
Prof Helen Minnis (University of Glasgow)
Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt (University of Strathclyde)
Dr. Dave Murray-Rust (University of Edinburgh)
The workshop will be at the Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre in Glasgow
Information about travel to the venue and visiting Glasgow is available here: http://activeminds.xyz/travel.html
For enquiries about the workshop, including advice on attending and travelling to Glasgow, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org