In this workshop, we aim to expand and shape the understanding of the interdependency between stress and digital technologies. Facing the ongoing advancements in ubiquitous technologies, this workshop aims to foster reflected discussions but also develop visions on future trends and how to adequately and responsibly deal with stress in the context of digital technologies. Within this scope, we tackle the two main strands: stress detection using technologies and stressor identification in technology usage. We would like to invite researchers working in the domains of human-computer interaction, computer science, cognitive sciences, psychology, and related disciplines to submit a position paper and/or a demo presentation dealing with topics such as detection algorithms for sensing stress, consumer devices to detect stress, linking stress to activities with digital devices, and stress generated by digital technologies. Submissions include, but are not limited to, biosensing/feedback, theoretical papers, and specific evaluation methods for stress recognition (applications).
Stress can be seen as one of the most important diminishing factor for mental and general health. Apart from effects on the person's wellbeing, satisfaction and ability to function properly, stress has been linked cardiovascular diseases, depression, and a shortening of life-span in general. Despite the impact of stress-related health outcomes on the health care system is estimated to be up to $190Bn in the U.S. only, people often underestimate the consequences of stress on their health and neglect symptoms. Ofttimes, there is a lack of awareness on warning signs, causes or impacts of stress. Apart from the environmental causes of stress, such as noise and lack of light, digital technologies can also increase our stress levels. Recent work has shown that smartphone notifications and the perpetual urge to be available affect us (FOMO - Fear of Missing Out). Tantamount to these mental consequences, digital technology abuse can lead to physical damages. From prolonged unhealthy posture when staring at the smartphone leading to a "text neck", to the repetitive-strain-injury syndrome being caused by unilateral strain when using the computer mouse. In sum, these examples signify the disadvantages of digital technologies which have emerged to an universal problem, stress included.
Technostress: In our evermore digitalising world, stress can be promoted by those novel technologies supposed to support us. In 1984, Craig Brod describes technostress as a modern disease of adaptation caused by an inability to cope with the new computer technologies in a healthy manner. Although the term has been coined over 40 years ago, it becomes more and more relevant with the shift from technologies and computers being merely professional tools at the workplace towards digital devices being entirely interwoven with our everyday life and society. Personal computers, the internet and social media have revolutionized how we communicate. Smartphone usage and the drive to be "on-line" all the time have been identified as the cause of anxiety, depression, and addiction. The effects of not being able to disconnect from either work emails, social online networks and the compulsion to always be available is an indeterminate stressor within our lives; the impacts on our health are not yet fully understood. Tackling this problem by identifying stressors within technology use and raising awareness on the impacts of technostress is the foundation for promoting a healthier relationship with our digital surroundings.
We would like to invite researchers, designers, and practitioners to contemplate and exchange ideas on how modern ubiquitous technologies and applications induce technostress in everyday life. At the intersection of technology and cognitive psychology, we will envision new ways for detecting technostress in everyday life and invent new approaches to reduce it.
We accept submissions about empirical studies, application prototypes and concepts including but not limited to the following themes:
In this workshop, we will focus on the interdepency between stress and modern technologies in respect to two main strands: a) detecting stress using ubiquitous, mobile/wearable sensing means, and b) identifying stressors using and caused by technology. One key factor to discuss will be the interdisciplinary research field of technostress whereby digital technology itself acts as a stressor.
Please prepare your 4-6 pages paper using the ACM 2-column format. View the ACM guidelines and templates here: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. Please follow the instructions available at http://pervasivehealth.org/authors-kit/.
Workshop papers will be published together with Pervasive Health Proceedings. All accepted and presented papers will be published by ACM (TBC) and made available through ACM Digital Library. Proceedings are indexed in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL). All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of: EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology (http://eudl.eu/issue/phat/4/13)
Below, you can find the workshop's presentations:
For downloading the workshop papers, check the official PervasiveHealth website for the 2019 proceedings.
Romina Poguntke Romina Poguntke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) and a master's degree in Applied Cognitive and Media Sciences from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She is a PhD candidate and works as a research assistant in the Human-Computer Interaction group at the University of Stuttgart. Her research focuses on sensing stress and affective responses embracing the field of affective computing. Romina was involved in organizing several focus groups and has experience in applying a range of qualitative research methods.
Katrin Hänsel is a PhD student at Queen Mary University London, advised by Hamed Haddadi and Akram Alomainy. Her research focuses on the use of smart wearable/mobile sensing to improve health and wellbeing of individuals with a special focus on emotion and social sensing. She presented her work in the MobiSys PhD forum 2017 and UbiComp Doctoral Colloquium 2016. She published demos and papers at venues like ACM MobiSys, ACM UbiComp and ACM CHI. After graduating with a M.Sc. in Computer Science in 2012, she worked two years as a research associate at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. This work was focused on the development of novel approaches for software modelling visualisations using 3D and virtual reality technologies.
Evangelos Niforatos is an HCI Research Scientist in the Advanced R&D Group of North (former Thalmic Labs), Kitchener ON, Canada. Evangelos holds a PhD in Informatics from Faculty of Informatics at USI, Switzerland. His research lies in the areas of Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). He is particularly interested in augmenting human cognition and perception with technology, and he is currently prototyping and evaluating the future of commercial Head-Mounted Displays
Albrecht Schmidt is professor for Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media in the computer science department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. He held several prior academic positions at different universities, including Stuttgart, Cambridge, Duisburg-Essen, and Bonn and also worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute and at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. In his research, he investigates the inherent complexity of human-computer interaction in ubiquitous computing environments, particularly in view of increasing computer intelligence and system autonomy. Over the years, Albrecht worked on automotive user interfaces, tangible interaction, interactive public display systems, interaction with large high-resolution screens, and physiological interfaces. Most recently, he focuses on how information technology can provide cognitive and perceptual support to amplify the human mind. To investigate this further, he received in 2016 a ERC Consolidator grant. Albrecht has co-chaired several SIGCHI conferences; he is in the editorial board of ACM TOCHI, edits a forum e.g. in ACM Interactions. In 2018 he was elected to the ACM CHI Academy.