It is our pleasure to announce that the following workshop has been accepted at Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik – Data driven X, Turning Data into Value (MKWI 2018) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany:

 

 

Designing Just-in-time Adaptive Interventions and Healthcare Chatbots with the Open Source Platform MobileCoach

 

Organizer: Tobias Kowatsch

 

Abstract: MobileCoach (https://www.mobile-coach.eu) is an open source behavioural intervention platform for just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) (Nahum-Shani et al. 2016) that employ scalable healthcare chatbots to deliver these interventions (Filler et al., 2015; Haug et al., 2017a; Haug et al., 2017b; Kowatsch et al., 2017a; Kowatsch et al., 2017b; Paz et al., 2017). It provides sensing and support capabilities via self-reports and sensor data. Domain experts such as general practitioners or health psychologists can apply the talk-and-tools paradigm (Beun et al., 2017) in MobileCoach, i.e. a chat-based interface and dedicated tools for user interaction. The logic of the talk and tools components is provided by domain experts with the help of rules. These rules can be used to trigger chat dialogs in combination with interactive elements like health games, health exercises or social challenges. This MKWI workshop has the following objectives: (1) To give an overview of the platform, its talk-and-tools paradigm and various MobileCoach-based interventions with a focus on physical activity, diet behavior, childhood obesity, problem drinking, life skills, personality change and health literacy, (2) To identify and discuss novel features and open research questions with the workshop participants and, (3) To motivate IS researcher, health psychologists and computer scientists to join the MobileCoach open source community and to exchange ideas about innovative interventions and potential research collaborations.

 

Max. # of Participants: 20

 

Duration: 2 x 90min

 

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 7 2018, 2pm-5pm

 

Registration: MKWI – Workshop Page | Google/MKWI – Registration Page

 

Additional Information: No special technical requirements; workshop participants should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of information systems research, computer science and health psychology.
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We are happy to inform you that the following posters have been accepted for presentation at the Applied Machine Learning Days 2018, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland:

  1. Shih, I., Nißen, M.K., Büchter, D., Durrer, D., l’Allemand, D., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Biofeedback Breathing Training for Stress Management.
  2. Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Rassouli, F., Baty, F., Martin, B., Steurer-Stey, C., Puhan, M., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Cough and Sleep Quality Detection.

 

We are happy to announce that Tobias Kowatsch received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for his review service in the IT and Healthcare track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

Today, the PhD students from the Center for Digital Health Interventions presented their research projects at the CSS health insurance headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland. The following posters have been presented:

  1. Shih, I., Nißen, M.K., Büchter, D., Durrer, D., l’Allemand, D., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Biofeedback Breathing Training for Stress Management.
  2. Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Rassouli, F., Baty, F., Martin, B., Steurer-Stey, C., Puhan, M., Fleisch, E., Kowatsch, T., Smartphone-based Cough and Sleep Quality Detection.
  3. Kowatsch, T., Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Dittler, U., Egger, J.-M., Meyer, F., Schaub, M. Fleisch, E., Oswald, H. & Möller, A. Digital Health Literacy Intervention for Children with Asthma
  4. Möller, A., Oswald, H. Dittler, U., Meyer, F., Schaub, M., Barata, F., Tinschert, P., Egger, J.-M., Fleisch, E. & Kowatsch, T.  Health Literacy Video Clips for Children with Asthma (The video clips are available here)
  5. Künzler, F.; Kramer, J.-N., Mishra, V., Presset, B., Smith, S. N., Kotz, D. F., Scholz, U., Fleisch, E. & Kowatsch, T. (2017) Ally: A Smartphone-based Physical Activity Intervention

 

 

 

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Today, Andreas Filler gave the following talk about our research on digital health interventions at the 4th Life Sciences Leader Forum, Basel, Switzerland.

 

Healthcare chatbots supporting patients and professionals – a case study

Andreas Filler, Doctoral Researcher and Developer, Center for Digital Health Interventions

 

Andreas Filler is doctoral researcher, developer and co-founder of a startup company delivering digital therapies. He developed a platform to provide text-based healthcare chatbots to support patients and health professionals in therapeutic settings beyond on-site consultations. In his talk he we will present the design and implementation of a childhood obesity intervention solution. A study conducted as a randomized control indicates promising results with respect to intervention adherence and scalability of his approach.

 

See also this blog post: https://www.baselarea.swiss/de/baselarea-swiss/channels/innovation-report/2017/11/The-powerful-patient.html

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for attending our MobileCoach workshop at ISRII 2017, Berlin, Germany, entitled Design of digital health interventions with the open source platform MobileCoach by Tobias Kowatsch and Andreas Filler. Here is the workshop material:

  1. ISRII 2017 Slides (PDF)
  2. ISRII 2017 Workshop (PDF)
  3. ISRII 2017 Workshop Handout (PDF)

 

ISRII 2017 Presentation by Andreas

We would like to cordially invite you to the guest lecture by Dr. Timothy Bickmore (Website), Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, Boston. The lecture is entitled Promoting Health in Disadvantaged Populations with Conversational Agents.

 

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 4:15pm to 5:45pm
at ETH Zurich, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, 8092 Zürich, Room F109-111.

 

Registration is not necessary.

 
About the Lecture
A significant portion of adults in the world have low health literacy, the ability to obtain, read, and use healthcare information. These individuals also tend to have low computer literacy, and studies have shown that even the simplest conventional user interfaces for health education or behavior change are unusable by this population. I will present a series of automated health interventions that my lab has developed over the last decade that use conversational agents in the interface to make the intervention more approachable, acceptable, and usable by individuals with low health, reading, and computer literacy. Conversational agents present users with a virtual animated coach that uses simulated face-to-face conversation, including appropriate use of hand gesture, facial display, and other nonverbal behavior, to provide a more intuitive and comfortable medium for those unfamiliar with technology. I will also present usability studies showing the difficulty disadvantaged populations have with conventional user interfaces, and direct comparisons of these interfaces with functionally equivalent ones that incorporate conversational agents. I will focus on application domains of exercise promotion, patient education at hospital discharge, oncology clinical trial navigation, and family health history collection.
 
About Timothy Bickmore
Dr. Timothy Bickmore is a Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. The focus of his research is on the development and evaluation of computer agents that emulate face-to-face interactions between health providers and patients for use in health education and long-term health behavior change interventions, with a particular focus on the emotional and relational aspects of these interactions. Prior to Northeastern, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bickmore received his Ph.D. from MIT, doing his dissertation work in the Media Lab studying emotional interactions between people and animated computer characters. For more information see http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/bickmore/.
 
We would be happy to see you soon!
 

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim, ETH Zurich
Dr. Tobias Kowatsch, University of St. Gallen
Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Mathias Allemand, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Christoph Flückiger, University of Zurich

 

Today, Florian Künzler has presented the paper entitled Efficacy of Mobile Context-aware Notification Management Systems: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis by Künzler, Kramer & Kowatsch at the 5th International Workshop on Pervasive and Context-Aware Middleware (PerCAM’17), co-located with the 13th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob 2017), Rome, Italy. The paper is available here: PDF.

 

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We would like to cordially invite you to the guest lecture of David Kotz, Ph.D. (Website), Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. The lecture is entitled Challenges and Opportunities in Wearable Systems.

 

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 4:15pm to 5:45pm
at ETH Zurich, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, 8092 Zürich, Room H326.

 

Registration is not necessary.

 
About the Lecture
Wearable systems offer great promise in application domains as varied as healthcare, eldercare, augmented work, education, athletics, entertainment, parenting, travel, and personal productivity. In particular, I highlight two of our own wearable-mHealth projects. First, I introduce the Amulet, a wristband with the capability of running multiple mHealth apps with strong security and long battery life. Second, I introduce the Auracle, which aims to be an unobtrusive earpiece that can detect eating incidents in support of eating-behavior studies and interventions. I leverage these examples to outline some of the broader opportunities and challenges faced in developing wearable technology.  In particular, we must address security and privacy challenges as we design and develop wearable devices, systems, and applications if we hope to see this technology widely accepted and adopted. Strong (and usable) security mechanisms are essential for safety-critical applications; meaningful privacy protections are essential for systems that accompany us through our private and public life. By raising these concerns today, I seek to ensure the wearable systems of tomorrow will have strong and usable security and privacy properties.
 
About David Kotz
David Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences for six years and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. He served on the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee from 2013-17. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks.  He has published over 130 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $65m in grant funding.  He is PI of a $10m grant from the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program and leads a five-university team investigating Trustworthy Health &  Wellness technology (see thaw.org). He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty.

 

With kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen
Dr. Tobias Kowatsch, University of St. Gallen
PD Dr. Michael Schaub, ISGF, University of Zurich
PD Dr. Severin Haug, ISGF, University of Zurich

 

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We are happy to announce that Björn Brogle, our research partner from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Switzerland in our PathMate 2 project, won the Best Science Slam Award for his talk entitled Development and Application of a Smartphone-based Intervention for Obese Adolescents (Entwicklung und erste Anwendung einer Smartphone App-Intervention für adipöse Jugendliche mittels Gesundheitssystem und verhaltensorientierter Internetplattform) at the 33. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Adipositas-Gesellschaft e.V. 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. In the PathMate 2 project, we use the open source behavioral intervention platform MobileCoach (www.mobile-coach.eu, http://www.c4dhi.org/lab/projects/mobilecoach/).

 

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