BCSS 2018

Welcome to the Sixth International Workshop on
Behavior Change Support Systems (BCSS 2018):
Using extensive data in design & evaluation of BCSS

Persuasive Technology 2018 workshop, University of Waterloo, Canada

NOTE: The draft program with the camera ready papers is put online
Important information:
Submissions due: February 12, February 19, 2018
Notification to authors: February 26, February 28, 2018
Final version due: March 12, 2018
Workshop date: April 17, 2018, 13.30 – 17.00,
Location: Columbia B room, FED (Federation) Hall building

The Behavior Change Support Systems (BCSS) workshop, already running for the sixth time in conjunction with the International Conference on Persuasive Technology, is a workshop that builds around the concept of systems that are specifically designed to help and support behaviour change in individuals or groups. The highly multi-disciplinary nature of designing and implementing behaviour change strategies and -systems has been in the forefront of this workshop from the very beginning. This year the workshop comprises new and interesting work on BCSSs in general, but also a more focused theme of using extensive data in design and evaluation of BCSSs.

The increasing pervasiveness and unobtrusiveness of BCSSs enables us to use real-world data for coaching and evaluation purposes, tracked by persuasive systems in daily life over longer periods of time. This introduces a number of challenges such as chosing the timing, modality, content, and the feedback systems of persuasive (coaching) strategies. These challenges are related to both the research and the development of persuasive systems in different contexts, such as health, energy, or the everyday workplace. Especially the evaluation over extensive time periods is complicated, since the context of and interactions with the system may be used for the personalization of the BCSSs. We believe this also requires an iterative approach and a holisitic view on evaluation, rather than a-priori decided, more quantitative analyses.

These challenges touch different domains (be it design, methodological, technological or even ecological) and stakeholders, ranging from professionals, designers, programmers, to end-users. As a consequence, challenges cannot be tackled by researchers from one discipline alone, and as such they require a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective. The BCSS workshop therefore aims at connecting researchers, practitioners, and experts with a great variety of backgrounds who are developing, implementing and/or evaluating BCSSs. During the workshop we will discuss, share, and develop insights about the use of different types of data, over a longer period of time, in order to develop better fitted persuasive systems.

The authors’ draft for the underlying workshop proposal, and the work it builds on can be found here 6th BCSS Proposal Persuasive 2018 – Camera-ready.
Links to previous years’ workshop proceedings can be found per year in the menu. Last year’s proceedings can be found here:

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