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Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Technology is seen to help countless people in many ways, but does it actually help people become fitter, happier or more productive? The road to a healthier life can be interpreted in more than one way and sometimes with unforeseen contingencies when technology is involved. The research meet "Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change" that took place on September 25th at TU Eindhoven addressed this topic.
Monday 2 October 2017
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
The Wearables in Practice Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology  Symposium took place on the 22nd of September at the University of Twente.
Friday 22 September 2017
PEACH2017 Workshop
PEACH2017 Workshop
Within the framework of the 17th International conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents in Stockholm this year, we organized the first workshop on Persuasive Embodied Agents for Behavior Change, PEACH2017. Researchers were invited to submit position papers and projects at early stages. Topics ranged from visions on AI guidance in eHealth, agenda-setting in interventions targeting multiple behaviors, and intelligent topic-switching to personalization of instructions using reinforcement learning, induced cognitive dissonance in VR, and chatbot support for obese children. In breakout sessions of half an hour following each presentation, presenters were given the opportunity to ask the audience for feedback on specific aspects of their research or for input on problems they have been struggling with. With more than 20 participants from all over the world, vivid discussions ensued and presenters received diverse and extensive input. Particularly this interactivity was greatly appreciated by participants and authors alike. We therefore hope to host this workshop again at future IVA conferences.
Sunday 27 August 2017
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
In May, the 4TU.H&T PhD students self-organized a 3-day writing retreat by the beach in Makkum, Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Writing is critical to all PhD students, yet it is often a solitary activity. The main goals were to get peer feedback early on and to improve drafts in progress. Both are essential to healthy collaborative research, the greater aim of our 4TU Federation.
Monday 22 May 2017
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
This year, Gijs Huisman joined the  4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). Gijs is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His research focusses on how haptic technology (technology that addresses the sense of touch) can be used for social and affective interaction in mediated communication and in interactions with artificial social entities such as virtual agents and social robots. In addition, he has a keen research interest in multimodal interaction, in particular, nature-inspired ambient technology for well-being and technology for human-food interaction.
Monday 1 May 2017
Seminar on Computational Social Science
Seminar on Computational Social Science
On the 7th of April, Dong Nguyen (The Alan Turing Institute, London) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University) gave a 4TU.H&T seminar on Computational Social Science. More than 20 people (researchers, phd students, masters' students) participated! In the first part of the seminar presented by Dong, students learned about computational sociolinguistics and how to apply natural language processing techniques to social data. Using NTLK, students explored methods for tokenization, part of speech tagging, sentiment analysis and topic modelling, and applied these to Reddit data. 
Thursday 20 April 2017
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente, as well as researchers from Maastricht and Belgium joined the workshop entitled Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R, given by Daniel Lakens on 16 November 2016. There were different levels of expertise to begin with, ranging from those who were installing R and RStudio for the first time to others who were already comfortable doing analysis in R. Daniel went through step-by-step instructions on the interface of R Studio, important commands, helpful libraries, and how to approach statistics in general in R.
Wednesday 16 November 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium  Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
4TU.H&T Symposium Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, the symposium on Machine Smarts and Human Values took place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The first day was organized specifically for PhD students from the 4 Universities and had the theme ‘Collaboration’. One of the core values of the 4TU consortium is to promote cooperation between research institutes. To this end, about 20 PhD students from different departments of the different Universities came together to find and discuss common interests. These discussions were triggered by a talk given by Dr. Daniel Lakens about the importance of collaboration in science, after which a speed dating session really brought the PhD’s closer together. During this session some very nice couples and groups were formed. Later that day they worked together developing collaborative proposals for combined research or follow-up events. The best ideas from those proposals were awarded and the next events are already being planned. In the end this day showed many PhD students that they have more in common than they think, opening up possibilities for collaborations between the Universities.
Friday 14 October 2016

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Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Research meet: Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change
Technology is seen to help countless people in many ways, but does it actually help people become fitter, happier or more productive? The road to a healthier life can be interpreted in more than one way and sometimes with unforeseen contingencies when technology is involved. The research meet "Fitter, happier, more productive? The Science and Technology of Behavior Change" that took place on September 25th at TU Eindhoven addressed this topic.
Monday 2 October 2017
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
Symposium on Wearables in Practice: Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology
The Wearables in Practice Physiology and Emotions 4TU Humans & Technology  Symposium took place on the 22nd of September at the University of Twente.
Friday 22 September 2017
PEACH2017 Workshop
PEACH2017 Workshop
Within the framework of the 17th International conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents in Stockholm this year, we organized the first workshop on Persuasive Embodied Agents for Behavior Change, PEACH2017. Researchers were invited to submit position papers and projects at early stages. Topics ranged from visions on AI guidance in eHealth, agenda-setting in interventions targeting multiple behaviors, and intelligent topic-switching to personalization of instructions using reinforcement learning, induced cognitive dissonance in VR, and chatbot support for obese children. In breakout sessions of half an hour following each presentation, presenters were given the opportunity to ask the audience for feedback on specific aspects of their research or for input on problems they have been struggling with. With more than 20 participants from all over the world, vivid discussions ensued and presenters received diverse and extensive input. Particularly this interactivity was greatly appreciated by participants and authors alike. We therefore hope to host this workshop again at future IVA conferences.
Sunday 27 August 2017
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
H&T PhD Writing Seminar
In May, the 4TU.H&T PhD students self-organized a 3-day writing retreat by the beach in Makkum, Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Writing is critical to all PhD students, yet it is often a solitary activity. The main goals were to get peer feedback early on and to improve drafts in progress. Both are essential to healthy collaborative research, the greater aim of our 4TU Federation.
Monday 22 May 2017
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
Gijs Huisman has joined the S4 team
This year, Gijs Huisman joined the  4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). Gijs is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His research focusses on how haptic technology (technology that addresses the sense of touch) can be used for social and affective interaction in mediated communication and in interactions with artificial social entities such as virtual agents and social robots. In addition, he has a keen research interest in multimodal interaction, in particular, nature-inspired ambient technology for well-being and technology for human-food interaction.
Monday 1 May 2017
Seminar on Computational Social Science
Seminar on Computational Social Science
On the 7th of April, Dong Nguyen (The Alan Turing Institute, London) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University) gave a 4TU.H&T seminar on Computational Social Science. More than 20 people (researchers, phd students, masters' students) participated! In the first part of the seminar presented by Dong, students learned about computational sociolinguistics and how to apply natural language processing techniques to social data. Using NTLK, students explored methods for tokenization, part of speech tagging, sentiment analysis and topic modelling, and applied these to Reddit data. 
Thursday 20 April 2017
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
3rd Dutch Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch
After two very interesting get-togethers in 2015 and early 2016, we organized the 3rd “Meeting on the Study of Social and Affective Touch in the Netherlands” - also known as the slightly more convenient “Dutch Touch”. This third meeting was held on December 21st in the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The series of Dutch Touch meetings was initiated to bring together people from various disciplines who are all working on the topic of touch. Since the start of the series, nearly 60 people – researchers, artists, designers, and people from industry – have already indicated their interest in the meetings. This demonstrates that a lot is happening in the area of social and affective touch in the Netherlands. It also provides interesting opportunities.
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Seminar: Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente, as well as researchers from Maastricht and Belgium joined the workshop entitled Introduction to Statistics for HCI in R, given by Daniel Lakens on 16 November 2016. There were different levels of expertise to begin with, ranging from those who were installing R and RStudio for the first time to others who were already comfortable doing analysis in R. Daniel went through step-by-step instructions on the interface of R Studio, important commands, helpful libraries, and how to approach statistics in general in R.
Wednesday 16 November 2016
4TU.H&T Symposium  Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
4TU.H&T Symposium Machine Smarts and Human Values: designing a humanistic future
On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, the symposium on Machine Smarts and Human Values took place at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The first day was organized specifically for PhD students from the 4 Universities and had the theme ‘Collaboration’. One of the core values of the 4TU consortium is to promote cooperation between research institutes. To this end, about 20 PhD students from different departments of the different Universities came together to find and discuss common interests. These discussions were triggered by a talk given by Dr. Daniel Lakens about the importance of collaboration in science, after which a speed dating session really brought the PhD’s closer together. During this session some very nice couples and groups were formed. Later that day they worked together developing collaborative proposals for combined research or follow-up events. The best ideas from those proposals were awarded and the next events are already being planned. In the end this day showed many PhD students that they have more in common than they think, opening up possibilities for collaborations between the Universities.
Friday 14 October 2016