Personal Analytics

The Personal Analytics centre of competence is an interdisciplinary junior research group subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The research focus is the field of Human Computer Interaction for demographic change. The team consists of scientists from the disciplines computer science, cognitive science, electrical engineering, health science and philosophy.

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New Perspectives on Digital Health Ethics - 03.09.2018 Workshop Digital Health Ethics: Free places left

There are still free places for our workshop "New Perspectives on Digital Health Ethics".

The workshop will take place on 11.10.2018 from 10-16h at Gerhard-Mercator-Haus (Campus Duisburg). All those interested are cordially invited. For more information see the poster which can be downloaded here.

If you'd like to participate please write am Email to julia.kianzad@uni-due.de. Further information can be found here.

Publications - 30.08.2018 Ethical Guidelines for Health Monitoring published

Health Monitoring applications try to augment users' wellbeing by observing and rating of relevant health parameters. This procedure raises questions on privacy, autonomy, data protection and the concept of health.

To address this topic, our team members Nils-Frederic Wagner, Katrin Paldan and Aysegül Dogangün, together with our former team member Hanno Sauer, published ethical guidelines on health monitoring. These guidelines highlight the most important ethical problems related to health monitoring, to distinguish warranted from unwarranted concerns and to suggest solutions for real risks. Alongside, ethical principles for future interdisciplinary project work in human-technology-interaction are established.

"Ein ethischer Leitfaden zum Gesundheitsmonitoring" was published (in German) at DuePublico and can be retrieved here. See also our publications.

Interdisciplinary workshop - 02.08.2018 New Perspectives on Digital Health Ethics

On 11th October 2018 our team members Katrin Paldan and Nils-Frederic Wagner organize the workshop "New Perspectives on Digital Health Ethics" at Gerhard-Mercator-Haus (Campus Duisburg).

The aim of the workshop is to set the stage for an interdisciplinary discussion of cutting edge issues at the intersection of digital health care and ethics. In two keynote lectures, internationally leading experts will pave the way for in-depth discussions of questions such as: ‘How can the quantified self movement be reconciled with subjective experiences of well-being?’, ‘Do emerging digital health technologies promote social inequality?’.

In two afternoon sessions, young researches will present and discuss their work in progress with the objective of setting new impulses for ongoing research projects.

The keynotes will be held in English.

More information as well as a preliminary time table can be found here.

If you would like to participate, please write an email to julia.kianzad@uni-due.de until 11th September 2018.

Dr. Katrin Paldán (l.) from Personal Analytics and Dr. Julia Lortz (r.), senior physician at Westdeutsches Herz- und Gefäßzentrum of the University hospital Essen / Source: WAZ

Call for participation - 26.07.2018 Study: App to help patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease

Personal Analytics and the Westdeutsches Herz- und Gefäßzentrum are looking for patients fo the peripheral arterial occlusive disease for a study. Participants will test a smartphone app that aims to increase motivation and activity, thus preventing an operation.

The study, which is conducted in German language, will be carried out during 3 months (begin: 01.09.2018). Interested persons can get further information via email (trackpad@uk-essen.de) or phone (0201/7232234).

The full article on the study from WAZ can be found here.

 Cover of the App Privacy Game
Cover of the App Privacy Game

Download area - 09.07.2018 App Privacy Game available for Download

The "App Privacy Game", developed during the bachelor thesis of our former student assistant Alexandra Bergen, is now available for download. This card game aims to inform playfully about which data has to be accessed for which functions in smartphone apps. Furthermore it is supposed to encourage ethical discussions on data security aspects during the use of health apps.

You can find the game in our download area (so far, only a German version is available).

Publications - 09.04.2018 Do self-monitoring applications promote social inequality?

When it comes to improving the health of the genereal population, mHealth technologies with self-monitoring and intervention components hold a lot of promise. However, due to various factors such as access, targeting, personal resources or incentives, self-monitoring applications run the risk of favouring certain populations. Thus, can self-monitoring applications increase health inequalities, thereby creating a problem of social justice? The new article "Promoting inequality? Self-monitoring applications and the problem of social justice" by Katrin Paldan, Hanno Sauer and Nils-Frederic Wagner deals with that question. It has been published in the journal "AI & Society" and can be found here.

Our team members Katja Herrmanny (l.) and Katrin Paldán / WAZ

Press Review - 21.10.2017 Research Team at University Duisburg-Essen is looking for "Better Eaters"

On the occasion of the start of the evaluation our app "Besser Esser" ("Better Eater") our team members Katja Herrmanny and Katrin Paldán were interviewed by the local newspaper "Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung" (WAZ). The main topic was the status quo of the research project, notably of the apps developed for this purpose. The link to the full article can be found here (German language).

The "Besser Esser" study is currently carried out. If you are interested in participating, feel free to write a message to the organisator sarah.lueckmann@gmx.de. The study is conducted in German. For further information please consult the correspondent page on our website (Becoming research assistant).

The participants of the workshop

Informatik 2017 - 10.10.2017 Participatory Development of Socio-Technical Systems

This year's meet-up of the junior research groups "development of interdisciplinary competences" funded by BMBF took place during the Informatik 2017 (47th Annual Conference of the Society for Computer Science/Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)) from 25.09. - 29.09.2017 in Chemnitz. It was arranged during the Workshop "Participatory Development of Socio-Technical Systems". As representative of Personal Analytics our team member Michael Schwarz (4th person from right on the photo) attended the workshop. The focus this year concentrated on the interdisciplinary aspects of the participatory development of socio-technical systems with elderly people. Thus, it was a question of how to integrate elderly people in the development process to meet the needs of this target group. Apart from that, the workshop aimed to encourage interdisciplinary discussion and networking between the junior research groups.

UMAP - 12.07.2017 Promoting activity with Implementation Intentions

From 9th to 12th July 2017 the 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaption and Personalization, short UMAP, took place in Bratislava (Slovakia). Within the scope of the workshop "Temporal and Holistic User Modeling", our team member Michael Schwarz presented a project work on the topic of supporting active behaviour with the help of User Modelling. This work with the title "An Approach to Improve Physical Activity by Generating Individual Implementation Intentions" deals with the support of users in building healthy habits. Over a certain period, the app "DayActivizer" collects activity data which is used to derive a user model. If a lack of activity is detected, the app suggests time slots and activities that match the users interests and routines - based on the user model. Then the users can create so-called Implementation Intentions that aim to help them with the formation of their new habits. To reach this goal, Implementation Intentions have to be viable and to be formulated precisely. As an example: "If I have finished work on Thursdays, I will go running for 30 min."

Zukunftskongress - 04.07.2017 PAnalytics at Zukunftskongress

On 26th and 27th June the 3rd "Zukunftskongress" on the topic of "Bringing technology to the people" took place in Bonn. PAnalytics presented the card game "App Privacy Game" that was developed by our student assistant Alexandra Bergen as part of her Bachelor thesis. The game serves to explain playfully which permissions need to be granted to a health app in order to access which functions. In the course of that, an ethical discussion on data security aspects was encouraged.

Our student assistant Alexandra with Boris Roskothen

Workshops - 23.05.2017 A playful approach to science

In the context of their Bachelor theses our student assistants Alexandra Bergen and Simone Löppenberg organized creative workshops with game experts from the respective domains:

Alexandra started with a workshop on the development of a game to increase the awareness for data security aspects in health monitoring apps and to encourage ethical discussions on this topic. The workshop was attended by the PAnalytics project members and Boris Roskothen, owner of the toy shop Roskothen in Duisburg, who contributed not only his knowledge, but also the rooms for the workshop.

For her Bachelor thesis our student assistant Simone develops an Escape Game to encourage the ethical reflection on the topic autonomy. To her workshop expert Nicolas Ehring from Geschlossene Gesellschaft Duisburg was invited. Together with the PAnalytics staff he worked on the creation of ideas for the game concept.