Submissions 2021

We encourage submissions in two categories:
1. Research papers (12-16 pages in the LNCS format)
2. Work-in-progress papers (5-8 pages in the LNCS format)

UPDATE! We have extended our submission deadline to 12 March, 2021!

Important dates:
Submissions due: 7 March 12 March, 2021
Notification to authors: 25 March, 2021
Final version due: 2 April, 2021
Workshop date: 12 April, 2021

Submission will be through :

Call for Papers

Behaviour Change Support Systems (BCSS), already running for the ninth time at 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 for the strategies has been in the forefront of this workshop from the very beginning.

Persuasive Technology/BCSS 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. Because persuasive technology is a young discipline, most if not all of these interventions have been able to demonstrate effects over the short term ranging from 1 to 2 years. However, many of the health challenges facing individuals worldwide are chronic long-term illnesses such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes obesity, depression, hypertension and so on. These diseases demand that the afflicted individual engage in long-term behaviour change over the span of 5, 10, 15+ years. There is an increasingly urgent need to develop an understanding of PT/BCSS constructs, tools, models, and evaluation methodologies to enable such long-term behavior change as well as to predict long-term effectiveness and acceptability of proposed PT/BCSS interventions.

The BCSS workshop aims at connecting multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners and experts from a variety of scientific domains, such as information sciences, psychology, human-computer interaction, industrial design 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 present day challenges for persuasive technology.

If you have any questions about the workshop topics, if you plan to submit a paper, or have any other questions about the workshop please e-mail the programme chairs. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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

Design & Development

  • Supporting sustained system use
  • Designing BCSSs and persuasive technology for long-term effectiveness
  • Countering attrition
  • Engagement, Personalization, Integration, Connectivity, and Changes in PT.
  • 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 related to different outcomes (engagement/resilience/attitudes/compliance/behaviors) and levels (individual/community/society) of change.


  • Predicting long-term effectiveness of BCSSs
  • Measuring the impact of BCSSs and smart persuasive environments on individuals, community, and society – immediate or long-term
  • Conducting longitudinal studies with BCSSs
  • Measures of long-term efficacy
  • 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, and to identify usage patterns and its 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.

In this year’s workshop we hope to discuss especially the challenges are run into while developing sustained behaviour change. This is important, for instance, in the context of chronic illnesses. Submissions are encouraged to reflect on such challenges and in ways of overcoming them, if possible.

All Papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted research papers and work-in-progress papers will be published via CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

Workshop organisers:

Programme co-chairs:

  • Oinas-Kukkonen, Harri, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Tikka, Piiastiina University of Oulu, Finland (contact:

Organising chair:

  • Shevchuk, Nataliya,  University of Oulu, Finland

Programme committee:

  •  Alpay, Laurence, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  •  Burri Gram-Hansen, Sandra, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Enwald, Heidi, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Haque, Sanaul, Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland
  • Iyengar, Sriram, University of Arizona, USA
  • Keikhosrokiani, Pantea, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Langrial, Sitwat, Namal Institute, Pakistan
  • de Vries, Roelof, Twente University, the Netherlands
  • Yasuoka, Mika,  Roskilde University, Denmark