Workshop: Contemplating Change

We are pleased to announce the workshop Contemplating Change to be held during the Persuasive Technology 2017 Conference in Amsterdam on April 3-6. The workshop will take place on April 4th.  The program will offer both paper presentations and discussions and we hope to welcome researchers and practitioners from diverse fields such as industrial design, psychology, computer science and philosophy. Participants are welcome to submit a contribution (research paper or pictorial, 4-6 pages in Springer LNCS format) and / or participate in discussions without submitting a contribution. To ensure the quality of the discussions and the outcome, we limit the places in the workshop to 20 participants.

Important dates for paper submissions:

  • Deadline submissions February 17th
  • Notification of acceptance February 20th (this will allow you to register before early bird deadlines)

Submissions and questions can be directed to

Workshop organizers:

Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Liverpool, specialized in developing tools and methods to support designers in identifying and addressing personal dilemmas, with a focus on dilemmas that affect physical and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Geke Ludden, University of Twente, specialized in design for behavior change in the health domain and in integrating e-health in people’s physical environment.

Dr. Armagan Karahanoglu, University of Twente, specialized in designing for changing physical activity behavior through engaging experience and integrating personal informatics technology in people’s lives effectively.

In short

The central aim of this workshop is to bring together experts from academia and industry to discuss persuasive technology in the early stages of health behavior change (i.e., pre-contemplation and contemplation stages). We aim to collaboratively reflect on theoretical work focusing on frameworks and models for developing products and services for health-behavior change as well as (design) case studies to demonstrate the application of such theoretical work. This overall aim translates to the following three sub-aims:

  1. Understanding the challenges people face in the early stages of behavior change (i.e., pre-contemplation and contemplation stages) to inform the design of more “fit to purpose” products and services
  2. Evaluating how design of online and mobile interventions and the design of emerging, more tangible, integrated and distributed interactions currently tackle health behavior change.
  3. Creating a framework for the future of designing health interventions: what are the (1) theoretical and (2) practical, opportunities and challenges that face us?