We are happy to invite you to the MobileCoach workshop entitled “Designing Chatbot-based EMAs and Just-in-time Adaptive Interventions with the Open Source Platform MobileCoach: Overview and Lesson’s Learnt” at the meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) in Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb 12, 2019.


If you are interested in the latest technological trends in the field of digital health, you should join us at ETH Zurich’s Digital Health event on September 7-8, 2018. Registration is open until August 30, 2018. You find us in the event world during the whole event. We are also starting the discussion about virtualisation in medicine on September 8 at 1:30pm.


We would like to cordially invite you to the guest lectures by Dr. Catherine Stanger, Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Web) and Dr. Stavroula G. Mougiakakou, Head of the Diabetes Technology Research Group at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research Bern (Web) on Incentives, Cognitive Training, and Internet Therapy for Adolescents with Poorly Controlled Type 1 Diabetes and AI meets Züri Gschnätzlets. Here comes the future of food recognition and multimedia-assisted dietary management.

The lectures will take place at ETH Zurich, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, Room F109-111, on Tuesday, August 28, 4:00pm to 5:30pm.



We would like to cordially invite you to the guest lectures by Dr. Alan Budney, Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Web) and Dr. Michael Schaub, scientific director of the Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction (Web) on IT-based Treatments for Cannabis Use Disorder.

The lectures will take place in the Freudenbergsaal of the City Hall St.Gallen, next to the main station, Poststrasse 28, 9001 St.Gallen, on Monday, August 27, 4:00pm to 5:30pm.



We invite you to submit your full paper or research in progress at the eHealth & Aging Society Track of the 14. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik 2019, in Siegen, Germany.

Associate Editor, WI 2019, eHealth & The Aging Society Track
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Assistant Professor Digital Health
University of St.Gallen

Today, we welcome our new doctoral student George Boateng from Dartmouth at our center. In his thesis he will investigate multi-modal emotion recognition with the help of mobile sensing approaches in the context of chronic disease management in couples as part of the SNF project Mobile Couple Support. Here, George will design and evaluate a new module for the open source behavioral intervention platform MobileCoach (www.mobile-coach.eu) that then allows emotion detection in various health interventions beyond this particular SNF project.

We are happy to welcome Grace Xiao at our center as a visiting student for the next couple of weeks. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at Harvard, studying neurobiology and economics. At our center, she will do her summer research project with a focus on a MobileCoach-based digital health literacy intervention for children with asthma.


We are pleased to announce that the MySwissFoodPyramid app was released today. The overall goal of the app is to increase food literacy in the Swiss population by an interactive food diary and personalized feedback through the MobileCoach-based chat interface and the digital coaches Lukas or Anna. The app is available in French, Italian and German language versions in the Swiss app stores starting today:


We are very proud to announce that the behavioral intervention platform MobileCoach (www.mobile-coach.eu), which was developed and made open source under the Apache 2.0 licence by the Center for Digital Health Interventions and the Swiss Institute of Public Health and Addiction at Zurich University, has been awarded the HSG Impact Award 2018. As the representative of the whole MobileCoach team including Elgar Fleisch, Andreas Filler, Severin Haug, Dominik Rüegger, Dirk Volland, Filipe Barata, Iris Shih, Florian Künzler, Prabhakaran Santhanam, Jan-Niklas Kramer, Peter Tinschert, Marcia Nißen, Joseph Brian Ollier, Varun Mishra, David Kotz, Florian von Wangenheim and many others, Tobias Kowatsch received the award today at the dies academicus of the University of St. Gallen, May 26, 2018. MobileCoach is intended to facilitate behaviour-oriented interventions for patients with various health challenges.

We are happy to announce that the health literacy video clips targeting children with asthma “Asthma kindgerecht erklärt” have been awarded the intermedia-globe GOLD Award in the category E-Learning and Education at the WorldMediaFestival 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Our doctoral researcher Peter Tinschert received the award today in Hamburg. Congrats to the whole project team consisting of Lutz Augspurger and his team from Flipping Rocks, Alexander Möller, Helmut Oswald, Ullrich Dittler, Franca Meyer, Maja Schaub, Filipe Barata, Peter Tinschert, Jean-Marie Egger, Matthias Heuberger, Gabriella Chiesa, Elgar Fleisch & Tobias Kowatsch.

  1. The video clips are available here: www.lungenliga.ch/de/krankheiten-ihre-folgen/asthma-bei-kindern/asthma-lern-videoclips.html
  2. The poster Health Literacy Video Clips for Children with Asthma is available here: www.researchgate.net/publication/321875174

The video clips are currently available in German, French and Italian versions. If you are interested in other languages, please do not hesitate to contact Tobias Kowatsch via  tobias.kowatsch@unisg.ch.