Workshop Structure

A One-day Workshop at the 2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2020)

This one-day workshop offers an interdisciplinary forum of discussion for academics and practitioners interested in shaping the HCI agenda on mental wellbeing. The workshop will involve before, during and after activities.

Before the workshop
Participants will be required to read the accepted contributions and prepare a 2 min overview of the key challenges and opportunities in this space.

Workshop schedule
9.00 – 9.30 Welcome and Introductions
9.30 – 10.30 Participants’ presentations
2 min presentations on key aspects such as: challenges and opportunities of designing technologies for tracking, assessing and supporting mental wellbeing, as well as their adoption and long-term impact among various user groups.
10.30 – 12.30 Group activities for design exploration and scenario presentations
Participants will work together to discuss the existing design space for mental wellbeing, its main dimensions, and how it is currently populated. The outcome of this session will consist of a set of envisaged scenarios about the future mental wellbeing challenges, and how they are limitedly addressed by current technologies. Each group will give a short presentation of their envisaged scenarios.
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch break
Participants will engage in future-oriented thinking to sketch an agenda for guiding design and development work on mental wellbeing technology over the next decade. This second activity includes two sessions.
14.00 – 16.00 Group-based design activities followed by presentations
Participants will address the envisaged scenarios and how they may be addressed by ethically-designed innovative future wellbeing technologies.
16.00 – 17.00 Discussion
Overall discussion on what strategic directions HCI and design research should take, either incremental or radical, to respond to the increased societal demand on mental healthcare services.
17.00 – 17.30 Conclusions

Post workshop activities
We envisage that the outcome of this workshop can have a strong influential impact on shaping a future HCI research agenda. To this end, we aim to prepare a journal publication summarizing the outcome of this workshop, and to follow up with a special issue in a prestigious journal for maximizing workshop’s impact.

For more information visit the DIS 2020 Workshop page.

Please note the Workshop schedule may be subject to changes. 


AffecTech is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020