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Guest Lecture by Janna Hastings on the Human Behaviour-Change Project, 18 May 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 10:00 am –  11:30 am CEST

About Janna Hastings
Janna Hastings holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Computer Science from the University of South Africa, and an MA in Social and Political Philosophy from the UK’s Open University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Behaviour Change, University College London, and the Institute for Intelligent Interacting Systems, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Her research aims to advance the use of knowledge-based informatics systems to accelerate health evidence synthesis and translation in practice to support clinicians and patients in making informed decisions, as well as to better understand the impact of automated information systems on patient and clinician decision-making processes.

About the Lecture
Understanding and changing human behaviour is essential to human health as well as to addressing ongoing global challenges such as the climate crisis. Yet, the literature on what works to change behaviour in practice is difficult to navigate and grows at a rate that makes keeping an up-to-date synthesised overview of what the evidence suggests to inform policy and practice very challenging. The Human Behaviour-Change Project (https://www.humanbehaviourchange.org/) is an ambitious proof-of-concept effort to create an end-to-end automated approach to synthesise evidence in the domain of behaviour change interventions in order to answer questions about what interventions work, for what behaviours, in which settings and why? The project is creating a Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology – a formal representation of entities and their interrelationships – and a collection of different interacting Artificial Intelligence modules that together form a ‘Knowledge System’ that is able to discover and integrate evidence from randomised controlled trials about behaviour change and make predictions about what works in hypothetical scenarios. The HBCP has been applied to two initial behavioural intervention domains as case studies: smoking cessation and physical activity.

We are pleased to invite you to join this guest lecture. Registration is not required. Please be aware that we will be recording this guest lecture and will be making it available in our teaching library. If you have any concerns about this, please contact Olivia Keller (olkeller@ethz.ch) prior to the start of the guest lecture.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch, Assistant Professor for Digital Health, University of St.Gallen (HSG); Scientific Director, Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI), ETH Zurich & HSG; Principal Investigator, Future Health Technologies programme, Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, Professor of Information Management, ETH Zürich; Professor of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen; Advisory Board Member, CDHI, ETH Zürich & University of St.Gallen; Principal Investigator, Future Health Technologies programme, Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore

Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim, Professor of Technology Marketing, ETH Zurich & Advisory Board Member, CDHI; Principal Investigator, Future Health Technologies programme, Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore

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