Health, fitness, technology and the war against obesity: a new study wins the Best Paper Award at ACM UMAP conference in Larnaca

Effect of Values and Technology Use on Exercise: Implications for Personalized Behavior Change Interventions” by ISI Foundation Research Leader Yelena Mejova and ISI Researcher Kyriaki Kalimeri received the Best Paper Award at the 27th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The study is focused on the field of health informatics, examining the recent employment of technology in the battle against obesity. Combining desktop browsing data, mobile app usage and surveys, it presents a unique view of the interaction between technology use, demographics and value systems with exercise behavior of a representative US population. Researchers show which values determine the adoption of Health & Fitness mobile applications, propose insights on the prediction of the engagement in physical exercise and on its determinants, including a strong link with socioeconomic status and the value of happiness. Through these results, Kalimeri and Mejova propose actionable design guidelines for persuasive technologies targeting health behavior modification.

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users, to groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. The 27th edition is being held at the Golden Baby Beach Hotel in Larnaca and the proceedings of the conference are published by ACM and will be part of the ACM Digital Library.

“Effect of Values and Technology Use on Exercise: Implications for Personalized Behavior Change Interventions”,Yelena Mejova and Kiriaki Kalimeri. Best Paper Award at ACM UMAP 2019. Full paperlink