May 27-28, 2020

The Digital Wellbeing Forum

Bournemouth, UK.

Discover the latest challenges, progressions and impacts in the science of digital wellbeing from the world's leading innovators across industry, research and academia.

Confirmed Speakers Include

John McAlaney

John McAlaney

Associate Professor

Associate Professor John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, based within the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Science and Technology. He completed his PhD at the University of West of Scotland, where he explored the social-psychological factors associated with risky alcohol use. He has since expanded his research to include psychological determinants of other risk behaviours including gambling, digital addiction and cybersecurity. As part of this work he recently authored a briefing paper for the British Psychological Society that set out the position of the Society in the role of psychology in the development of cybersecurity capabilities in the UK. He has secured funding in the form of grants and several match-funded PhD studentships to further develop this area. John applies this research to real-world problems through his role as a Trustee of both the Gordon Moody Association; a residential service for problem gamblers and Acts Fast; a charity which supports protective parents and family members of children who have been sexually abused.
Raian Ali

Raian Ali

Professor

Raian is a Professor in Computing in the Department of Computing and Informatics, Bournemouth University, UK. He received his PhD in Software Engineering from University of Trento, Italy. He worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Trento and then Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research is focused on the engineering of social informatics, i.e., the systematic design of software-based solutions for social requirements and the governed integration of such solutions into the fabric of a socio-technical system. Examples of particular topics include the engineering of software-based motivation within a business information systems, the engineering of transparency requirements in enterprises as well as the design of systems which are receptive and responsive to the feedback of their users, preferably called citizens.

Raian has a keen interest in studying Digital Addiction which he defines as a problematic usage of digital devices characterized by properties like being excessive, obsessive, compulsive, impulsive and hasty. He focuses on the principles, methods and tools needed to engineer addiction-aware technology able to combat, autonomously or semi-autonomously, addictive usage styles. As a social responsibility, he is advocating a policy change in the production of digital media so that it helps people to make informed decisions about their usage. He would also like to see more public awareness of the potential reasons and side-effects of the obsessive usage of technology, or at least encourage a user to make a software-supported self-assessment exercise around it.

He is currently a holder of a European FP7 Marie Curie Grant on the Engineering of Socially-Adaptive Systems (the SOCIAD Project) and the coordinator for Engineering and SOcial informaTICS Research Group (ESOTICS).

Marta Cecchinato

Marta Cecchinato

Senior Lecturer

Marta E. Cecchinato is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Northumbria University, working in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Before taking up this post, Marta has worked at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as well as at Helsinki University and HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) in Finland. She has a BSc and MSc in Psychology from University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in HCI at UCLIC.

Her research interests are around productivity and wellbeing in the digital age, ranging from how to manage information (e.g. storing and retrieving data), how to make sense of data (e.g. reflecting on data logs), how to cope with being constantly connected and available (e.g. managing emails, interruptions, and work-home boundaries) to how to support users who struggle in these areas (e.g. developing targeted interventions and digital strategies). Her current work focuses on understanding and promoting digital wellbeing in a range of contexts, including new forms work (e.g. gig economy).

Her work has published in top tier HCI conferences and has been featured in the New Scientist, The Conversation and The Psychologist.

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  • 90 speakers
  • 600 leading data scientists & innovators
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
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Why Attend?

The Digital Wellbeing Forum is an event dedicated to the international community of digital wellbeing researchers. It’s a conference for people to connect and reconnect with colleagues, and friends. 

At the Digital Wellbeing Forum, our aim is to bring together digital wellbeing researchers from a variety of sub-fields who share an overarching common topic, where they can discover and debate different theoretical and methodological ideas and advancements from the past year. 

This is an important event for digital wellbeing practitioners and for the discipline, it provides an excellent opportunity for people to come together and exchange ideas, and it’s particularly good for early career researchers to meet some of the people whose books they’ve read over the years. In addition, the plenary talks are also a great opportunity to set the agenda for digital wellbeing research for the coming year. 

Topics We Cover

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Deep Learning

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Machine Learning & AI

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Design

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eCommerce

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Speech Recognition

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Chatbots

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