Scope 2017

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.

We encourage submissions in three categories:
1. Research papers (max. 16 pages in the LNCS format)
2. Work-in-progress papers (max. 6 pages in the LNCS format)
3. Position papers (2-4 pages in the LNCS format)

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

Submission were through Easychair:

Topics workshop: Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to the following areas:

BCSS design & development

  • Engagement, Personalization, Integration, Connectivity and Changes in Persuasive Technology
  • Smart communication and information systems
  • Interactive visualizations for personalization and social support
  • High tech, human touch / humanizing technology
  • Persuasive prompts to create engagement and involvement: virtual environments, ambient visualizations, etc.
  • Developing just-in-time persuasive feedback to support activities real-time and offline (e.g., triggers and alerts), using data generated by smart sensors, self-tracking devices, wearable’s, etc.
  • Connectivity designs for social support, e.g. for lifestyle change & wellbeing
  • Persuasive profiling to personalize interventions
  • Ethical issues of persuasive technology, big data and BCSSs
  • Value proposition design to create BCSSs that have value in practice for all stakeholders, implementation issues
  • Persuasive strategies that are related to different outcomes in change (engagement, resilience, attitudes, compliance behaviors at different levels; individual, community, society)

BCSS Evaluation

  • Measuring the impact of BCSSs and smart persuasive environments on individuals, community and society
  • Evaluation methods for measuring various aspects of BCSSs; process and products measurements
  • Advanced big data analytics for measuring and interpreting self-tracking data from wearables, multi- sensor data, etc.
  • Adequate design for measuring the effect of persuasive strategies on task adherence during usage and long-term effects (fractional factorial designs)
  • Frameworks and methodologies to measure A/B/C-Changes (attitude, behavior or compliance)
  • Profiling personalities and matching them with persuasive strategies
  • Multimodal cues and the effects on adherence and outcomes
  • Advanced analytics to predict adherence, to identify usage patterns and the effects on adherence
  • Evaluation of persuasiveness of different BCSSs (mobile, ubiquitous, ambient technologies, virtual environments, sensor-based, etc.)
  • Design guidelines for practice, based on evaluation studies

Persuasive coaching strategies
Within this specific theme of BCSS, we welcome papers related to the various aspects of smart monitoring, persuasive coaching and related behavior change strategies in technology, especially those focused on

  • Application areas of health and well-being.
  • Evaluation methods for measuring various aspects of BCSSs; process and products measurements
  • Using various technologies for coaching (e.g. smartphones, smart sensors, and even augmented or virtual reality).
  • Various evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods, and the possibility of incorporating technology to obtain data) as regards coaching and smart monitoring.
  • Implementation of results in daily practice in coaching systems.

Accepted research papers and work-in-progress papers are published via CEUR Workshop Proceedings, see Proceedings 2017.