Principles of designing interfaces to motivate and support emotional processing

Many thanks to all who attended the recent programme of AffecTech training events held in Lancaster, UK, incuding all the fantastic academic mentors, training providers and our first-class AffecTech researchers who were assembled together for the first time.

Students benefited from workshops from leading experts in the technology, emotional health and Human-Computer Interaction fields, including Professor Steve Whittaker, University of California at Santa Cruz; and Professor Albrecht Schmidt, Stuttgart University.

Feedback from all who participated has been very positive, and it was great to see the synergy of energies and expertise from our multi-sector partners and supporters, creating so much insight and inspiration.

AffecTech also held its launch event at Lancaster’s stunning Ashton Memorial Hall which provided networking opportunities, and even created time for a unique social event at Lancaster Castle, specially created for AffecTech Early Stage Researchers (see picture).

AffecTech has also started to receive some interesting media coverage include this piece in leading US magazine Digital Trends: Researchers in Europe want to help you manage your mental health issues

“More than 33 million people are diagnosed with either anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, with annual healthcare costs going well beyond 100 billion Euros. To take on this social challenge, 15 early stage researchers will be working to develop low-cost wearable technologies that will help millions keep an eye on their mental health on a daily basis.”