Preconference sessions will run on Wednesday 14th June and in the morning of Thursday 15th June. A separate registration is required for these session (for information please click here).


Dynamic systems modelling

Organizers: Gertraud {Turu} Stadler, Megan Robbins, Niall Bolger, Steven Boker
University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), Columbia University (USA), University of California (USA), University of Virginia (USA)

When: Wednesday 14th June (08:30 – 17:00) and Thursday 15th June (08:30 – 12:00)

Registration Deadline: 15th May 2017
Maximum number of participants: 60
Cost: 60 euro

This expert meeting continues the dialogue started with the Dynamic Systems Modeling conferences in Arizona 2014 and Aberdeen 2016. Then as now, the goal is to facilitate greater collaboration between social/health scientists (who have theories and big data sets relevant to social interaction) and computational scientists (who have the mathematical sophistication and computational power to develop and test complex theories with big data sets). We hope to bring together leaders from both communities to foster discussion, sharing of resources, and cumulative knowledge production. We are planning an expert meeting format capped at 60 attendees, including brief presentations from all attendees, structured small-group interactions, and opportunities for informal social exchange.


Executable Ambulatory Assessment Protocols in HTML5

Organizers: Nikolaos Batalas, Marije aan het Rot, Vasilios Javed Khan, Panos Markopoulos
Robotic Bit (The Netherlands), Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), Department of Psychology, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

When: Thursday 15th June (08:30 – 12:00)
Registration Deadline: 31st May 2017
Maximum number of participants: 30
Cost: Free

Researchers tend to communicate their Ambulatory Assessment (AA) protocols to the community in natural language, which can contain ambiguities. While protocols could be expressed as algorithms and ultimately written as program code, these formats are not easily read by most researchers. However, the applicability of AA will grow in diversity, criticality (e.g., evidence-based health care), and complexity (e.g. ecological momentary intervention). Therefore, the expression, communication, and modification of AA protocols in accessible but also formal, and unambiguous ways need to be considered. The quality of scientific discourse on AA stands to gain from higher rigor in protocol descriptions, which is achievable through a formal language.
Aim: This workshop will provide experience with our platform, TEMPEST, to researchers interested in using AA methods. TEMPEST has been designed to (1) enable non-programmers to create AA protocols as HTML5 documents, and (2) manage AA studies on a diversity of devices, while hiding the underlying technical complexity. We aspire to provide an approach for sharing AA protocols that is modular and future-proof, with clear semantics for human understanding and computational execution.
Method: Participants will be instructed in creating their own AA protocols, gaining hands-on experience with TEMPEST and insight into its possibilities.
Result: We hope to identify researchers’ attitudes towards AA protocol specifications and gather further requirements for system development.
Conclusion: The workshop will accentuate the imminent issue of AA protocol specification and investigate the fitness of TEMPEST as a proposed approach.


Mobile sensing for ambulatory assessment - technological possibilities and applications

Organizers: Jürgen Stumpp, Robert Zetzsche
Movisens GmbH (Germany)

When: Thursday 15th June (08:30 – 12:00)
Registration Deadline: 31st May 2017
Maximum number of participants: 30
Cost: Free

Mobile sensing is increasingly becoming part of our everyday life due to the evolution of the smartphone into a powerful sensing device. Popular consumer smartphones are equipped with the sensors to monitor a diverse range of human activities and commonly encountered contexts. This is particularly useful for the research field of ambulatory assessment. In the presentation we will show what smartphones can do now and will be able to do in the future. We show examples of studies that utilize smartphone usage tracking, embedded sensors, such as accelerometer, microphone and camera and external sensors like ECG monitors.
We also discuss context-aware studies with location monitoring, geofencing as well as SMS and telephone usage monitoring. Social sensing, to track interactions with other people is currently a technological challenge. We will present different technical approaches how to achieve social sensing with smartphones. Apart from the wide possibilities, mobile sensing has currently some limitations because of Smartphone diversification, battery consumption and limitations of the operating system, which we will discuss. We also show an approach on how to simplify the analysis of the resulting datasets and use it for interactive ambulatory assessment.


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Please note:

  • Only participants who have completed the registration and payment for the main conference will be accepted in the preconference sessions (this applies to both the expert meeting and the workshops). If no payment is received within two weeks the registration will be considered invalid.
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  • In case you cannot attend a session, we kindly ask you to inform us as soon as possible. The number of participants is fixed and other colleagues may wish to join.
  • A waiting list is available for the sessions in which the maximum number of participants has been reached. Please send an email to us if you are interested.