Best paper award – CHI 2022!

Congratulations to Camille Nadal and the team for winning a best paper award (top 1% of submissions) at the ACM CHI 2022 conference. CHI is the leading international venue for Human-Computer Interaction research, and this is a fantastic achievement. User acceptance is key for the successful uptake and use of health technologies, but is impacted by numerous factors not always easily accessible nor operationalised by designers in practice.

This work seeks to facilitate the application of acceptance theory in design practice through the Technology Acceptance (TAC) toolkit: a novel theory-based design tool and method.… Read more

Postdoctoral Research Position on Human-AI Interaction for Security

Postdoctoral position in Human-AI Collaboration for Sustainable Security

The School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin (http://www.tcd.ie) is looking for applications for a 2-year Post-doctoral research position in the area of Human-Computer Interaction for sustainable adaptive security, with a particular focus on designs which support Human-AI collaboration.

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As computers come to be used in every aspect of our lives, computer security has become a pressing issue, impacting on us both in terms of threats to our privacy and livelihoods, and in terms of the burden imposed by efforts to protect ourselves.… Read more

Funded PhD position in HCI for Digital Health

We are currently looking for a candidate with background in Human-Computer Interaction to undertake a funded PhD in the area of HCI for Digital Health as part of the D-real Centre for Research Training. The PhD will focus on apps to support psychotropic medication management and tapering. Applications will open shortly through the d-real website: http://d-real.ie/apply

Title: Designing apps to support psychotropic medication management and tapering

Supervisory Team: Gavin Doherty, TCD (Computer Science) / Jane Walsh, NUIG (Psychology) / Cathal Cadogan, TCD (Pharmacy)

Psychotropic medications, such as antidepressants, are widely used in the treatment of mental health disorders, and can be a valuable approach.… Read more

Trinity Innovation – Founders Award

I was glad to celebrate the achievements of inventors and innovators across TCD last night at the Trinity Innovation Awards, where I was presented with an award for my work leading to the formation of SilverCloud Health, and role as co-founder. It has been a joy to see the incredible team at SilverCloud achieve global impact in the area of digital health over the last decade.

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Three papers accepted to ACM CHI’22

We are delighted to see three papers from the Health Technology Design Group at Trinity College Dublin accepted to the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – the premier venue for research in Human-Computer Interaction. The papers look at how we design for user acceptance (Nadal et al.), at user acceptance of digital COVID-19 certificates (Nurgalieva et al.), and at mechanisms for interacting with touchless medical imaging systems (Cronin et al.). Congratulations to everyone involved, and a particular thanks to our international collaborators on each of the papers.… Read more

Machine Learning for Outcome Prediction

Machine learning methods have the potential to enable the development of more personalized approaches to treatment of mental health conditions. Digital treatment delivery may be particularly amenable to the application of these techniques. I am delighted to be a co-author of a paper from a cross-disciplinary international team, published in World Psychiatry. The paper examines the potential of machine learning to provide outcome predictions for mental health treatment, as well as considering ethical challenges surrounding the use of these techniques.… Read more

Special Issue of IEEE Pervasive on Mobile and Pervasive Computing in Mental Health

We have released the Call for Papers for a special issue of IEEE Pervasive on mobile & pervasive computing in mental health. This special issue seeks to discuss novel approaches, opportunities, and challenges for developing effective, ethical, and trustworthy pervasive computing technology for mental health. 1st July deadline, abstracts 17 June. Ethical aspects should be considered in all submissions. Guest editors are Akane Sano (Rice University), Mirco Musolesi (University College London), Gavin Doherty (Trinity College Dublin), and Thomas Vaessen (KU Leuven).… Read more

Ecological Momentary Interventions

The original vision of Ecological Momentary Interventions (EMI) – brief interventions delivered in the moment during daily life – were put forward over a decade ago. In the interim, the arrival of the smartphone has made these interventions far more feasible to deploy. At this point, it is timely to examine whether the original vision of these systems has been realised, and furthermore has the concept of EMI shifted to incorporate further possibilities opened up by these technologies? With Stephen Schueller, University of California, Irvine, and Prof.… Read more

Chairing ACM DSP

The ACM Distinguished Speaker Program allows organisers of events to request accomplished speakers in many aspects of computing, with financial support for travel coming from the ACM. It is particularly useful for ACM chapters, professsional meetups, and (not-for-profit) conferences. It is currently run under the ACM practitioners board. Having been on the committee for the last few years, and having run recruitment initiatives together with SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH, I’ve been asked to co-chair the commitee for a while. I have a number of ideas I would like to push, but if you have any feedback or suggestions on the program then let me know!… Read more

Funded PhD in HCI and Digital Health

As part of the D-Real Centre for Research Training, we are looking for an exceptional candidate for a funded PhD position in the area of design for digital health. The supervision team includes myself, Dr. David Coyle at University College Dublin, and Prof. Corina Sas from the University of Lancaster. Applicants should have a strong background in human-computer interaction and an interest in designing interventions for mental health. Further details of the topic are below, apply at this link.Read more

The design of Ecological Momentary Assessment systems

Smartphones have made it easier than ever to ask people questions “in the moment” about their feelings and activities, as they go about their daily lives. This approach, described as Ecological Momentary Assessment, is a topic of interest to researchers in a range of disciplines, including HCI, design, psychology, and mental health. But what are our options in designing these systems? In this inter-disciplinary narrative review of 342 papers, published in Interacting with Computers, we examine the challenges, choices and options facing designers of these systems.… Read more

Machine Learning in Digital Mental Health – JAMA Network Open

Engagement is one of the primary challenges in the design of digital health interventions, however interaction with these interventions is complex, and can be difficult to characterise. In this paper, we explore the use of machine learning techniques to analyse engagment in digital mental health interventions. The work was carried out in collaboration with researchers in Microsoft Research, SilverCloud Health, and TCD School of Psychology.

Chien I, Enrique A, Palacios J, Regan, T., Keegan, D., Carter, D., Tschiatschek S., Nori, A.,… Read more