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EHealth summer school in Stockholm, day 5!

Sadly enough, this was the last day of the two very rewarding EIT Health/ACM SIGCHI eHealth summer school weeks in Dublin and Stockholm/Uppsala respectively. This day included project presentations (of course) as well as lectures on the importance of movement and on VR solutions for phobic treatment. You can follow these links to reach my posts about the other days in Stockholm and the one in Uppsala:

  1. Day 1 (Intro, action research,…)
  2. Day 2 (Patient accessible electronic health records,…)
  3. Day 3 (Game demoes and workshop,…)
  4. Day 4 (Soma design, sustainable development,…)

You can also find the post about the last day in Dublin (as well as links to posts about the other days in Dublin) here.

This day started off with yet another one of my former colleagues from KTH, Helena Tobiasson. She discussed the importance of movement especially in relation to work. The lecture started out with a very interesting exercise, in which pairs of participants should try to illustrate different movements we make during work or our study time. We were not allowed to talk. This exercise were enlightening in the sense that it became clear that we do very similar movements for many different tasks (quite a few involving working with the laptop on the knees or on a table in front of us). One of the core themes of the talk was that we should consider movement and (non-exercise) physical activity when designing for work, so we don’t end up e.g. sitting on a chair for several hours while working. This is a very good point and it’s related to one of the main focuses of the lecture and Helena’s research in general “movement is part of a sustainable society” (see picture above). Helena also showed some practical examples of e.g. walking meetings, which I really want to try myself. A few years ago I was one of the participants in one of her studies about activity in the office. I should e.g. use a training bike and walk on a treadmill while working on some tasks in parallel. Since then I have actually began working from a training bike every now and then when I work from my home!  đź™‚

The other lecture focused on VR solutions for phobic treatment. Johan Lundin, Joakim Blendulf and Hedda Nyman from Stockholm county council as well as my former KTH colleague (there have been a lot of those popping up during this week’s activities 🙂 ) Anders Lundström were the speakers. These were a part of a multi-disciplinary group which involved both psychologists, film makers and engineers. The speakers from Stockholm county council presented a pilot study in which they set out to investigate if VR can be as effective as standard cognitive behavioural therapi for treating agoraphobia. They prepared films (360 degrees) of several threatening situations involving large crowded places and let patients experience the scenes through VR glasses. A very interesting application of VR, which we also got the opportunity to test! I hope they will get promising results! The second part of the lecture, which was more of an exercise, was led by Anders Lundström. It was an ideation exercise where we should use PLEX cards to discuss gamification components in relation to our projects. 

The rest of the time this day was devoted to the projects which we started with yesterday. Today, we started off by finalizing the storyboard for our chosen solutions, whereafter we spent a few hours constructing paper prototypes. Towards the end of the prototyping session the ideas were evaluated by a person from another project group. The results from the evaluation should be used to make final adjustments. Our last project task was, of course to present our ideas with the help of our prototypes. All students had really done a great job with the projects and the presentations!

The organizers really did a great job as well with putting together interesting programs for lectures, project work and all sorts of activities in Dublin, Stockholm and Uppsala! After the presentations I was happy to find out that some of the students actually had initiated a new research community (on Slack) to which all participants were invited! There, we can share moments, information about interesting conferences and papers, etc. So, even though the summer school is officially over, I have a strong feeling this will not be the last blog post I write about activities involving summer school participants outside Uppsala University…

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