Positive Computing: Technologies for Psychological Wellbeing and Human Potential

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Event Start Date:
January 26, 2015
Event End Date:
January 26, 2015
Event Venue:
WVH 366

Speaker: Rafael Calvo, University of Sydney



Digital technologies have made their way into all the aspects of our
lives that, according to psychology, influence our wellbeing —
everything from social relationships and curiosity to engagement and
learning. By bringing together research and methodologies
well-established in psychology, education, neuroscience and
human-computer interaction, we can begin to cultivate a new field
dedicated to the design and development of technology that supports
wellbeing and human potential.

More specifically, in this seminar I will present an introduction to our
Human-Computer interaction work aiming to support psychological
wellbeing. The suggested HCI framework builds on psychology, education,
design and other disciplines addressing intrapersonal factors of
wellbeing such as motivation, engagement, reflective thought and
mindfulness, interpersonal factors such as empathy, and
extrapersonalsuch as altruism.

For more information visit positivecomputing.org



Rafael Calvo is Professor at the University of Sydney. He has taught at
several Universities, high schools and professional training
institutions. He worked at the Language Technology Institute in Carnegie
Mellon University, Universidad Nacionalde Rosario (Argentina) and on
sabbaticals at the University of Cambridge and the University of
Memphis. Rafael also has worked as an Internet consultant for projects
in the US, Australia, Brasil, and Argentina. Rafael is the author of
two books and many publications in the fields of learning technologies,
affective computing and computational intelligence. Rafael is Associate
Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies and of IEEE
Transactions on Affective Computing and Senior Member of IEEE. Rafael
isEditor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing. “Positive
Computing” (MIT Press) with Dorian Peters is coming out this October.
For more information visit: rafael-calvo.com