April 6-7, 2009
Department of Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK
Key Dates• Paper submission: January 26 (Extended)
• Notification: February 23
• Final Copy Due: TBA
• Symposium dates: April 6-7
Can a web site persuade you to be politically active? Can a mobile phone motivate you to exercise? Does instant feedback on petrol use change how people drive? Do online rating systems inspire people to behave better online? This symposium will focus on how digital technology can motivate and influence people (or agents). It will bring together researchers, designers, and developers interested in computers designed to change attitudes and behaviors in positive ways.|
Persuasive technology has a great practical potential, for instance to improve health (encouraging a reduction in alcohol intake, smoking cessation, an increase in exercise, more healthy eating, and adherence to medical treatment) and to move towards sustainable living (encouraging a reduction in energy consumption, recycling, and use of public transport). There is a growing interest within the research community into persuasive technology, as shown by the emergence of the Persuasive conference series (in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2006; Stanford, US, 2007; Oulu, Finland, 2008; Claremont, US, 2009), as well as the successful series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument (an area overlapping with persuasion). This symposium covers the areas of persuasion systems, behavior intervention technology and argumentation. It follows on from the succesful Persuasive Technology Symposium held at the previous AISB. In 2008, we brought together researchers from distinct subfields of Computing Science (namely persuasive technology and argumentation). Now, we would like to extend this further to include Psychologists. Initial contact with this community has been established at the "Designing digital interventions to help overcome addictive behaviours" workshop in Windsor earlier this year.
The symposium will take place on two consecutive days. In addition to presentation by participants, there will be discussions in smaller groups on topics determined beforehand. We are also hoping to have one or two invited speakers.
SubmissionsPlease submit your papers in PDF format via email to both symposium organisors. We invite both long papers of up to 6 pages on substantial research results, and short papers of up to 2 pages on more polemic, work-in-progress, burning issue or system description topics. Accepted papers will be published in the AISB proceedings, with an ISBN number. Authors of papers must sign a non-exclusive copyright declaration which gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not prevent the author from also publishing it in other venues after. We are investigating the possiblity of publishing the best papers in a special issue of a journal. Paper formatting instructions are provided on the AISB09 website. Detailed Schedule.
Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK