Call: Promoting and Supporting Healthy Living By Design


**New deadline: 18 July 2010**

Promoting and Supporting Healthy Living By Design

A One Day Workshop at the British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference

University of Abertay, Dundee, UK – Monday 6 September 2010

Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer are currently the major causes of premature deaths worldwide. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that nearly three in four deaths will be caused by chronic diseases by the year 2030. Most of these deaths are linked to a small group of risk factors that are associated with lifestyle issues including poor diet, tobacco use, alcohol use, and lack of physical exercise. The incidence of these risk factors is currently increasing, however, as people adopt diets containing high levels of fats, salt and sugars whilst simultaneously working longer hours and taking less exercise.

Many of these deaths could be prevented by raising people’s awareness of the links between lifestyle issues and potentially fatal chronic diseases, and then supporting them in their efforts to adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle. People are already interested in personal health issues: many of them currently use on-line resources such as web-sites and social networking groups to increase their awareness of, and diagnose health problems. Although spending on health continues to grow, increasing the available resources to deal with the consequences of following an unhealthy lifestyle, the pressure on those resources keeps rising as people live longer, often due to improvements in the quality of medical care. Health care sectors are therefore increasingly struggling to deal with the continuing rise in the number of people who fall ill as a result of following an unhealthy lifestyle.

There is therefore increasing pressure for a move towards a more preventative self-management approach to deal with the problem. What is needed is a range of resources that can raise public awareness and education about the links between lifestyle and fatal diseases, and will support people in making the behavioural changes that can reduce or eliminate their chances of contracting the disease in the first place. All of these resources need to be developed in a way that makes them attractive to users, effective in increasing awareness of, and supporting healthy living, and acceptable by fitting in with people’s everyday lives.

Workshop structure

The workshop will comprise a mixture of presentations (including two invited speakers), practical demonstrations, and discussions. The fundamental aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the current practice in designing to promote, encourage and support healthy living, with a view to identifying an agenda for future directions in this area, and establishing collaborations between attendees. The workshop will be followed by a social event.


You are invited to submit 2-page abstracts for review on a topic appropriate to the workshop. Submissions may be position papers, research summary reports, or descriptions of tools/methods that you wish to demonstrate at the workshop. (If you have a research summary report and an associated practical demonstration, please specify this when submitting your abstract).

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Health promotion and education
  • Usability of personal health technologies
  • Aesthetics and emotional design of personal health technologies
  • Web 2.0 technologies for healthy living
  • Mobile and ubiquitous technologies for healthy living
  • Gaming to support healthy living
  • Information visualization for healthy living
  • Emotional and motivational support applications
  • Social care
  • Technologies to support healthy independent living

The abstract should be formatted in accordance with the ACM Template (

Accepted submissions will be included in the third volume of the conference proceedings. We will also invite successful authors to write a full paper for inclusion in a Special Issue of a journal.

Submissions should be emailed to

IMPORTANT DATES (Note: New deadlines **)

  • Submissions due: 18 July 2010 **
  • Acceptance notification: 04 August 2010 **
  • Camera ready copy due: 18 August 2010
  • Workshop date: Monday, 6 September 2010


  • Nilufar Baghaei, CSIRO, Australia (Organiser)
  • Gordon Baxter, University of St Andrews (Organiser)
  • Lynne Coventry, University of Northumbria
  • Lisa Dow, University of St Andrews (Organiser)
  • Stephen Kimani, C SIRO, Australia (Organiser)
  • Brian Williams, Social Dimensions of Health Institute (Organiser)
  • Christopher Leug (University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • Silvia Gabrielli (CREATE-NET, Italy)
  • Corina Sas (Lancaster University, UK)
  • Bernd Ploderer (University of Melbourne, Australia)

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