SICSA UX for mHealth: What Works in Digital Health?

Date(s) - 23/07/2015 - 24/07/2015
All Day

University of Glasgow, School of Computing Science

What Works in Digital Health? is an interdisciplinary workshop to explore the methodological challenges and opportunities for validating digital technologies for health. There wil be three keynote speakers, and all attendees will be invited to give a short talk.

Further information is available on the What Works in Digital Health? website. Register at Eventbrite.


There are many thousands of mobile apps, wearables, and other technologies available to support and promote health and wellbeing. However, the development of robust methodologies to validate the impact, effectiveness and mechanisms of action of digital health technologies lag far behind the development of the technologies themselves. We have little understanding of what is effective and why. This gap largely reflects the fact that behavioural scientists, human computing interaction researchers and data scientists often work in disciplinary silos using their own research paradigms, which on their own are insufficient to assess which technologies work, for whom, how and in what context.

The aim of the workshop is to identify and explore the methodological challenges and opportunities for validating new digital technologies within and across behavioural science, HCI and data science. The event will comprise 3 sessions, each starting with a keynote address from an expert in behaviour science, HCI or data science outlining the key challenges and opportunities in validating digital health technologies from their own disciplinary perspective. Each keynote talk will be followed by four short presentations from delegates offering different disciplinary perspectives, and then small group discussions. We will limit the workshop to about 30 delegates.

Schedule (provisional)

Thursday 23rd July

10am to 1pm: Session 1

Keynote speaker: Professor Jeremy Wyatt (Leadership Chair in eHealth Research, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds)
Followed by short presentations and discussion.
1pm to 2pm: Buffet Lunch

2pm to 5pm: Session 2

Keynote speaker: Professor Geraldine Fitzpatrick (Head of Human Computer Interaction Group, Vienna University of Technology)
Followed by short presentations and discussion.

7pm – Dinner at Balbir’s Restaurant

Friday 24th July

9.30 – 12.30: Session 3

Keynote speaker: Dr Neal Lathia (Senior Research Associate in the Networks and Operating Systems Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
Followed by short presentations and discussion.
12.30pm – 2pm Lunch (not provided)

2pm – 3pm: Open seminar

Professor mc schraefel (Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance, University of Southampton)


The workshop, including dinner, is free of charge to participants.


Dr Cindy Gray (University of Glasgow)

Claire McCallum (University of Glasgow)

John Rooksby (University of Glasgow)

This event is sponsored by SICSA (The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance) and The Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. It will be hosted by the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.



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