Measuring Behavior and Motivating Health Behavior Change Using Mobile Technology: Opportunities and (Difficult) Challenges

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm – 9pm

IBM Research Cambridge, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge, MA 02142

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New mobile apps and wearable devices for measuring health-related behavior and motivating health behavior change are being introduced by academia and industry at a dizzying rate. There are certainly some exciting opportunities in “just-in-time” behavioral measurement and intervention technologies enabled by these technologies. There are also, however, some major hurdles to overcome to prove that these new ideas lead to meaningful improvements in health. Part of the challenge is that short-term behavior change may be relatively easy, but maintaining behavior change is fundamentally difficult for most people to do. To address this, transdisciplinary teams of technologists and behavioral scientists must work together to deploy prototype technologies in “messy,” real-world settings for relatively long periods of time.  I will discuss some of my group’s experiences building and deploying systems for measuring or motivating behavior change, with special focus on an app for weight loss, and use them to frame some challenges practitioners designing interfaces for health technologies may want to consider going forward.


Stephen Intille, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the development of novel healthcare technologies that incorporate ideas from ubiquitous computing, user-interface design, pattern recognition, behavioral science, and preventive medicine. Areas of special interest include technologies for measuring and motivating health-related behaviors, technologies that support healthy aging and well-being in the home setting, and mobile technologies that permit longitudinal measurement of health behaviors for research, especially the type, duration, intensity, and location of physical activity.

For more on Stephen Intille see

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!


IBM Research is hosting us and providing food.

Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.

Getting there

IBM Research Cambridge is less than a 10 minute walk from Lechmere or Science Park stations on the Green line and Kendall Square on the Red line.

Finding parking


BostonCHI Sept meeting: In the Loop with Adam Goss and the iRobot Menagerie


  • Adam Goss, Principal UX Designer at iRobot
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • at iRobot in the  Spirit & Opportunity Room at iRobot Headquarters, 8 Crosby Dr, Bedford MA
  • Please register. It helps us and our hosts plan.


Robots do amazing things on their own. In most cases, this is where their capabilities shine. They:

  • Clean floors in the home
  • Handle hazardous materials in industry
  • Locate mines on the battlefield
  • Monitor environs autonomously and remotely

But what about when users interact with robots to accomplish a goal? Apps that allow remote control of complex robots require unique considerations around control and feedback.
Adam Goss will share his learnings from a multi-year effort to normalize the user experience across the entire line of Defense & Security products. He will discuss the challenges involved in designing for different types of feedback loops in robotics (open loops, closed loops, and latency). He will also discuss controlling Defense & Security robots (PackBot et al) with the iRobot uPoint Multi-robot Controller system.
This will be followed by:

  • A Q&A session
  • Hands-on demonstrations of robotic products
    • for the home (Roomba)
    • defense & security (FirstLook, PackBot, SUGV)
    • remote presence (Ava 500)
  • Visits to the iRobot museum, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.


Adam Goss is a Principal User Experience Designer at iRobot. His background includes designing contextual workflows, and training Fortune 500 clients in contextual design. He has worked as a web developer and web designer. He studied Marketing, Information Design, and Corporate Communication at Bentley University, 2000 – 2004.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Monthly Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring BostonCHI, please let us know.

iRobot is hosting us and providing pizza.

Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.



Getting to the event

We’ll be iRobot in the Spirit & Opportunity Room at iRobot Headquarters, 8 Crosby Dr, Bedford MA

  1. On Route 128/I95, take exit 32A toward Lowell and merge onto Route 3 North
  2. Take exit 26 for Route 62 toward Burlington/Bedford, stay in the middle lane.(0.05 miles)
  3. At the light, go straight across Route 62.(0.3 miles)
  4. At the crest of the hill, turn left on Crosby Road. We’re the last building on your right.




Thanks for a great year!

Hey everyone! Thanks for a great year. We had 10 monthly meetings, with a total of almost 2000 attendees!

Please welcome our new Chair, Elizabeth Hinkleman and Vice-Chair, Carolyn Griffel. Our wonderful Treasurer Michelle Leger, is returning.

We’re planning our September meeting, please check back, or sign up for our mailing list, for details.

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