Honorable Mention for Best Paper @ Ubicomp’15

Honorable Mention for Best Paper @ Ubicomp’15

Together with Ruben Gouveia and Marc Hassenzahl, we received an Honorable Mention Award for Best Paper for the paper How Do We Engage With Activity Trackers? A Longitudinal Study of Habito. The Honorable Mention Award is given to a paper that was identified by the Program Committee as being among the top 5% of all submissions to UbiComp 2015. UbiComp is the premier interdisciplinary conference in the field of ubiquitous and pervasive computing, and a top-ranked international conference in computer...
Strong presence at Ubicomp’15

Strong presence at Ubicomp’15

We are having a strong presence at Ubicomp’15, the premier conference in the area of Ubiquitous Computing, to be organized on Sept 7-11, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. We will be presenting the following papers:   Gouveia, R., Karapanos, E., Hassenzahl, M. (2015) How Do We Engage with Activity Trackers? A Longitudinal Study of Habito. In Proceedings of Ubicomp’15. Gouveia, R., Pereira, F., Caraban, A., Munson, S., Karapanos, E. (2015) You have 5 seconds: Designing Glanceable Feedback for Physical Activity Trackers. In adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp’15.  Ornelas, T., Caraban, A., Gouveia, R., Karapanos, E. (2015) CrowdWalk: Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd to Inspire Walking Activities. In adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp’15.  Caraban, A., Ferreira, M. J., Gouveia, R., Karapanos, E.(2015) Social Toothbrush: Fostering Family Nudging around Tooth Brushing Habits. In adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp’15. Ferreira, M.J., Caraban, A., Lyra, O., Belim, V., Karapanos, E. (2015) Why Alone? Sensing Children’s Social Interactions in the Playground. In adjunct proceedings of Ubicomp’15. ...
CMU Portugal Grant awarded

CMU Portugal Grant awarded

Together with Jodi Forlizzi (Carnegie Mellon University) we received a research grant to study the long-term impact of personal health informatics tools. Funded by FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) under the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Early Bird 2013 program (CMU|Pt EPB), this project will seek to understand and design for prolonged engagement with wearable activity trackers.   Triggered by recent advances in sensor technology and ultra low power microcontrollers, the market of wearable activity trackers, such as Fitbit, Jawbone up, andNike+ Fuelband, has grossed over $230M in 2013 and is expected to continue its growth. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases accounting for nearly 40% of mortality cases and 75% of health care costs, and obesity alone accounting for an estimated 12 percent of the health spending growth in the U.S., wearable activity trackers promise a new health care model that stresses patient-driven prevention.   Yet, researchers have raised concerns over the plausible wear-off of any initial effects on users’ behaviors. A recent survey has found that over a third of owners of wearable activity trackers have discarded them within six months of use. It remains unclear whether this is because healthy routines became established or whether the trackers lost their appeal over time.   The goal of the project is to understand the factors that drive users’ long-term engagement with wearable activity trackers, and to design new solutions for prolonged...