Active Minds Workshop

Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Glasgow
July 18-19 2018.

A free workshop exploring human computer interaction, mobile health, mental health, and physical (in)activity.

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Registration (refreshments available)


Welcome by the organisers



Title: Designing better e-Health interventions.

Abstract: There is currently a lot of interest in leveraging digital technologies to address major health challenges facing our society. However, designing e-Health systems that people will actually use is difficult! There is a need for deeper collaboration between HCI researchers and health researchers in order to develop systems with a better chance of producing change, or at the least, producing better science. In this talk I will use a series of examples of systems we have developed to explore some of the difficulties involved in the design of novel e-Health interventions, in trying to get these new technologies into clinical use, and in trying to produce sustainable solutions.

Bio: Dr. Gavin Doherty is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, and co-founder of SilverCloud Health. He is interested in design for specific application areas, and has led a number of interdisciplinary projects in a number of different domains. A major focus of his work for over a decade has been on the design of technologies for mental health. The aim has been to develop systems which can increase access to, increase engagement with, and assist in improving the outcomes of mental health interventions.



Title: Hikikomori and “human movement consultation”

[Talk via Video Link]


Break (refreshments available)


Panel talks 1

Neil Nairn (University of Glasgow) "Make the change in your life, before your life changes you!"
Katarzyna Stawarz (University of Bristol) "Designing a platform for delivering integrated therapy for depression"
Mirco Musolesi (University College London) "Behaviour intevention using machine-learning and artificial intelligence: taking Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) into account"
Chrys Muirhead "Lived and caring experience of psychosis"
Trevor Lakey (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) "Aye mind - co-producing digital approaches to youth mental health"


Activity 1



Title: Design for Health and Wellbeing: How Technology can Meaningfully Assist People and why we should Extend their Unique Abilities

Abstract: This talk will take a broad, inter-disciplinary perspective on the design of research activities and novel technology to positively contribute to people’s health and wellbeing. Building on three case studies that involved people with different abilities and health challenges, I will foreground a set of design sensitivities to help guide future research and design in the space of assistive technology for health and wellbeing. More concretely, in the context of working with people who have specific health disorders or disabilities, I will: (i) talk about the importance of, and design approaches to, ensuring that we foreground the person and not their bodily limitations or (ill-)health; (ii) propose for future work to more strongly embrace social inter-dependencies as a route to effectively support people in addition to any designs that promote ideas of autonomy, independent living, or self-care; and (iii) show how a focus on peoples’ unique abilities can be a key driver for innovation in design.



Thursday 19th July 2018

Coffee and welcome by the organisers


Panel talks 2

Liane Lewis (University of Strathclyde) "An app for assessing fitness"
Maggi Laurie (University of Edinburgh) "Digitally mediated play in children with autism"
Paul Andrew Eynon (University of Glasgow) "A decade long journey from student to lecturer"
Nora Ptakauskaite (University College London) "Using physical activity for stress management"


Activity 2 (including break for refreshments)



Title: Co-creating empowering technologies for health self-management.

Abstract: This talk presents experience drawn from a decade of research co-creating personal digital health technologies, aiming to empower end users in understanding and managing their own condition. Often each individual experience is unique, and 'one-suits all' solutions are not useful, here the suitability of truly customizable technologies is investigated. The participative approach taken is to iteratively co-develop prototypes with end users, built using a range of repurposed products and maker technologies often assembled by end users themselves.


Short summary by the organisers


Lunch and networking


Public lecture (for workshop attendees and outside visitors)

Title: Modern Mindfulness: meditation on the move

Abstract: Mindfulness and meditation has in the last few decades moved from an esoteric practice to a popular wellbeing phenomenon across different parts of society, a trend which has accelerated in recent years through the growth of mindfulness apps. Based on his experience of making one of the most popular such apps, buddhify, Rohan will share his learnings on the relationships between technology, physical and mental wellbeing with a particular emphasis of how his emphasis on ‘on-the-go’ or ‘mobile’ meditation allows people to gain the benefits of mindfulness practice while also engaged in physical movement: be that formal exercise or everyday walking and other activities. He will also cover how mindfulness is being used in elite sports performance training, the role of apps in changing behaviours and importantly outline the connections between physical and mental wellbeing from a mindfulness perspective.

Bio: Whether writing, talking or making products, Rohan is one of the most original and creative voices in modern mindfulness and meditation. Through his company Mindfulness Everywhere he is the creator of Kara, Sleepfulness, Designing Mindfulness and the best-selling hit app buddhify. Based in Glasgow, Rohan is the author of Modern Mindfulness (PanMacmillan), is a trustee of the British Council and was named by Wired magazine in their Smart List of 50 people who will change the world.


Refreshments and demos

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