Smartphones and other mobile computing devices create unique opportunities, as well as challenges, in designing interventions for treatment of various disorders. On the one hand, smartphones offer a wonderful opportunity for tracking a person’s status over time and offering personalized treatment that is geared towards helping him/her the best. On the other hand, there are significant challenges such as: figuring out the types of interventions that work best when delivered over a smartphone, balancing short term gains with long term outcomes, dealing with changes that the smartphone cannot track, keeping the person’s interest intact in using the app, not draining the phone’s battery, and dealing with failures (person may not always use the app, wireless network may not always be available). Designing, implementing and evaluating mobile interventions is therefore an interdisciplinary research area requiring collaboration of researchers from behavioral, computational, medical, and statistical sciences.
Pushing mobile interventions forward is a seminar series co-organized by students and faculty members from University of Michigan's College of Engineering, College of LS&A, School of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, and the University of Michigan Health System. The goals of the seminar series are: