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Welcome to the Fifth International Workshop on Behavior Change Support Systems (BCSS 2017):

Persuasive Technology 2017 workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Proceedings for the BCSS2017 now available from

Important dates:
Submissions due: February 3, 2017 February 13, 2017
Notification to authors: February 24, 2017
Final version due: March 10, 2017
Workshop date: April 4, 2017 (at 9.00 – 12.30, room ‘Machinegebouw’ at the Westergasfabriek)

Behavior Change Support Systems (BCSS), already running for the fifth time at Persuasive Technology, is a workshop that builds around the concept of systems that are specifically designed to help and support behavior change in individuals or groups. The highly multi-disciplinary nature of designing and implementing behavior change strategies and systems for the strategies has been in the forefront of this workshop from the very beginning. This year the workshop comprises of new and interesting work on BCSSs in general and also a more focused theme of design and evaluation of coaching systems in the domain of health and well-being.

Research into BCSS reveals an interdisciplinary research and education area transcending the traditional use of technology as helpful to merely improve the accessibility, affordability, and efficiency of services within the institutional contexts. Technology has the capacity to create smart (virtual) persuasive environments that provide simultaneously multimodal cues and psycho-physiological feedback for personal change by strengthening emotional, social, and physical presence. Moreover, smart environments collect and analyze sensor data by self-tracking behaviors, emotions, and thoughts; presenting a quantified holistic self-concept that will shed new light on how technology integrates in our lives, and how people engage each other and their environments using unobtrusive and pervasive technologies. An array of persuasive applications has been developed over the past decade with an aim to induce desirable behavior change. Persuasive applications have shown promising results in motivating and supporting people to change or adopt new behaviors and attitudes, in various domains such as health and wellbeing, sustainable energy, education, and marketing.

Persuasive coaching strategies incorporated in technological products can have enormous societal impact on health and well-being. Technology is becoming ever more ubiquitous and this gives us the opportunity to coach people towards better and healthy lifestyles. When designing and evaluating coaching strategies that make use of technologies it is common to run into several challenges – be it design, methodological, technological or even ecological. These challenges cannot be tackled by researchers from one discipline alone, and as such they require a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective. Stakeholders range from doctors and therapists to psychologists and eHealth professionals, designers and programmers, and often end-users as well.

This workshop aims at connecting multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners and experts from a variety of scientific domains, such as information sciences, human-computer interaction, industrial design, psychology and medicine. This interactive workshop will act as a forum where experts from multiple disciplines can present their work, and can discuss and debate the pillars for persuasive technology.

Links to previous years’ workshop proceedings can be found at:

Journal special issues stemming out from previous years’ workshops include: