INTERACT 2011 Workshop on Promoting and Supporting Healthy Living by Design

 Final copy of the Workshop Proceedings can be found here.

1   Workshop Theme

The World Health Organisation has forecast that by 2030 nearly 75% of premature deaths will be caused by chronic diseases, like heart disease, stroke and cancer. Most of these deaths are the result of a small group of personal lifestyle risk factors such as poor diet, tobacco and alcohol use, and lack of exercise. The incidence of these risk factors keeps growing, however, as people follow diets high in fats, salt and sugars whilst working longer and exercising less. Health expenditure has been rising faster than national income in most OECD countries. Pressure on health resources keeps rising as people live longer, however, and health care sectors will be increasingly unable to cope with the rising numbers of people falling ill because of their unhealthy lifestyle. Many deaths could be prevented if people were made aware of the links between lifestyle and chronic diseases, and adopted a healthier lifestyle. People already use technology to increase their knowledge of health issues, so it makes sense to use technology to raise awareness about links between lifestyle and chronic diseases, and to help people adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle. In addition to being designed to be usable, these technologies must be: attractive (so people want to use them); effective (in promoting and supporting healthy living); and acceptable (by fitting in with people’s everyday lives).

The workshop will comprise a mixture of invited talks (one of which will be by Professor Pam Briggs from Northumbria University, UK), presentations, and discussion sessions, and there will be a session for demonstrations of existing tools. The workshop will conclude with a general discussion about future directions to maintain the momentum created by the workshop.

The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners from all areas with an interest in preventing chronic disease by promoting and supporting healthy living. The areas of interest are, but are not limited to, the followings:

  • Health promotion and education
  • Usability of personal health technologies
  • Aesthetics and emotional design of personal health technologies
  • Web 2.0 technologies for healthy living
  • Mobile and ubiquitous technologies for healthy living
  • Gaming to support healthy living
  • Information visualization for healthy living
  • Emotional and motivational support applications
  • Social care
  • Technologies to support healthy independent living

2   Submission Guidelines

Please submit 2-page extended abstracts in MS Word format. These can be:

  • position papers
  • descriptions of empirical studies
  • descriptions of methods or tools (these will be considered for the demonstration session)

Please send your submissions to We are looking at producing an special issue of a journal, and accepted authors will be invited to write extended versions of their papers.

3   Dates

  • June 10th 2011: Submission of workshop papers
  • July 1st 2011: Notification to authors of workshop papers
  • July 15th 2011: End of early bird registration (registration details are on the INTERACT 2011 website)
  • September 6th 2011: Workshop date

4   Programme Committee

  • Nilufar Baghaei, Unitec, New Zealand (Organiser)
  • Gordon Baxter, University of St Andrews, UK (Organiser)
  • Lynne Coventry, University of Northumbria, UK
  • Lisa Dow, University of St Andrews, UK (Organiser)
  • Silvia Gabrielli, CREATE-NET, Italy
  • Stephen Kimani, JKUAT, Kenya (Organiser)
  • Christopher Leug, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Bernd Ploderer, University of Melbourne, Australia