New Directions in Self-Quantification for Behavior Change - Call for Papers


Workshop at MobileHCI September 4th, 2017 Vienna, Austria

Elisabeth Kersten - van Dijk, Eindhoven University of Technology
Naomi Jacobs, Eindhoven University of Technology
Heleen Rutjes, Eindhoven University of Technology
Marc Hassenzahl, University of Siegen
Evangelos Karapanos, Cyprus University of Technology
Boris de Ruyter, Philips Research, Radboud University Nijmegen
Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Eindhoven University of Technology

The vision of the Quantified Self proposes that by gathering data about ourselves, we can gain insight into what makes us tick and shed light on avenues for self-improvement. However, examples from practice show that obtaining insight from data, let alone achieving long-term behavior change, is not trivial. In addition, self-tracking may have unintended side effects and hidden assumptions which complicate its effects.

In this interactive workshop, we aim to bring together researchers from various fields with an interest in behavior change support systems, to compile an interdisciplinary, critical perspective on the use of self-quantification for behavior change. Perspectives that are of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • From data to action: How and to what extent do users understand and believe their data, and does it lead to new, actionable and meaningful insights? How can we help users translate their data into action?
  • Unintended effects: What are the side effects of self-quantification and how can we investigate these?
  • Individual differences: What individual differences change the effects of self-quantification, both stable (e.g., personality, socio-cultural background, gender) and temporary characteristics (e.g., mood, situational characteristics)?
  • Ethical perspectives: how should we incorporate ethical considerations in the design of applications employing self-quantification for behavior change?
  • Methodological perspectives: Which methods can be applied to answer the questions above?


To participate:

Submit a position paper of 2-4 pages in SIGCHI extended abstracts format. Research results are not required; we invite specifically ideas and research in early stages. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers based on relevance and expected contribution to the discussion in the workshop. Please direct queries and paper submissions to

The deadline for submission of workshop contributions is May 5th, 2017 - Notification will be sent to authors on June 9th, 2017 Please note that at least one author of each accepted position paper must register and attend the workshop. All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. Please register before the early registration deadline of June 19th.

 Marc Hassenzahl

Marc Hassenzahl