HCT Workshop - April 2, 2013

Harnessing Unobtrusive Sensing
to Understand Human Behaviour for Lifelong Goals

Emerging technologies are now creating ways to unobtrusively sense and capture data about various aspects in people's lives. This data can be combined with Persuasive and other personalised interfaces to help people achieve their most important diverse long term goals. This is because, for the first time, it has become feasible for people to easily capture evidence about their actual behaviour. And it is getting easier to do this in increasingly sophisticated and diverse ways. This data can serve many valuable purposes. It can be transformed into a dashboard that help people monitor their progress. It can drive personalised applications that help people remember their intended goals. It can also drive personalised information delivery that gives the right information at the right time.

This workshop is being organised in conjunction with Persuasive 2013, which is being help in Sydney. We are fortunate to be able to share the Persuasive invited speaker, Anind Dey, an expert in pervasive, ubiquitous and context-aware computing. He has made major contributions to research on ubicomp software toolkits and end-user programming environments for our emerging world that is rich in personal and ambient sensors and displays. His work is notable for creating systems that provide feedback, are intelligible, and ensure people are in control.

This workshop brings together researchers from the University of Sydney's Human Centred Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies with leading researchers in the Persuasive community. This provides an outstanding opportunity to share leading edge work, insights and visions for creating the technologies and systems that can harness unobtrusive sensing to understand human behaviour and support people in achieving their long term goals.

To make the best of this opportunity, we have organised the workshop in two half day blocks, each starting with a keynote address, then a series of short Flash Talks and small group discussion workshops in the following areas:
  - Pervasive computing;
  - Persuasive computing;
  - Life logging;
  - Vision-based sensing;
  - Managing lifelong personal data;
  - Data visualisation;
  - Persuasive technologies;
  - Design computing
  - Psychology;
  - Public Health;
  - Learning Sciences.