EIT Health/ACM SIGCHI e-Health Summer School 2017

The 2017 EIT Health/ACM SIGCHI Summer School on User-Centered Design of e-Health and m-Health Systems

The draft schedules are available: Dublin, Stockholm.

Practical details including the location of the summer school and accommodation details are available here: Dublin, Stockholm.


Description: The school will bring together the e-health researchers and innovators from Human-Computer Interaction, Technology, Health Sciences and Psychology, and give them a grounding in qualitative and quantitative methods which can be used to design and validate e-health systems, practical experience in the refinement of application designs, an introduction to the technology transfer process which should accompany the translation of research findings into medical practice, and how it can operate in e-health.

Alongside lectures, case studies and invited talks form international experts, hands-on design exercises, including work with patients will form a major component of the summer school. Working in teams, participants will both develop and refine design ideas and then explore the appropriate means to research and validate these designs, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Participants will get the opportunity to discuss their work, build their professional network, and learn new skills.

The goal is to give innovators from a range of disciplines the complementary skills required to execute a high quality user-centered design process, and the parallel programme of clinical validation which both informs the ongoing refinement of designs and increases the likelihood of successful technology transfer.

Target: 36 PhD/M.Sc. students and postdoctoral fellows from Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science and Engineering, Health Sciences and Psychology with an innovation-entrepreneurial mind-set. Applicants should have a fluent level of English and basic computer skills.

Where: Dublin, Ireland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Important dates:

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th March

Notification date: We have received a large number of applications and are currently processing them.

First Week of Summer School: 26th-30th of June (Dublin)

Second Week of Summer School: 21st-25th August (Stockholm)

Website: https://sigchi.scss.tcd.ie:443/ehealth


We encourage submissions from PhD students and postdoctoral fellows working across a wide range of HCI, e-Health and m-Health areas, including but not limited to: user-centred design, medical device design, ethics and privacy in e-health, health behaviour change, mobile and wearable devices for health, data analytics for health, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, affective computing, health information technologies, research methods in e-health.

To apply please prepare a 4 page pdf document including the following information:

–       A description of your PhD research topic and work to date (max 2 pages).

–       A statement of why you want to participate in the Summer School (max 1 page).

–       A short CV (max 1 page).

An online link for applications can be found on the EIT Health website. http://eithealth.eu/2017-eitacm-sigchi-summer-school-user-centered-design-e-health-m-health-systems/

Please indicate in your PDF application whether you are applying for a bursary or not.

Costs and support:

Registration is available at a discounted rate of 300 euros and a student rate of 100 euros. A substantial number of bursaries will be available through the SIGCHI (for SIGCHI members and student members) and EIT Health sponsorship to assist in covering travel costs and accommodation. The maximum travel bursary for any participant (eligible for both SIGCHI and EIT Health funding), who has to travel internationally for both legs of the Summer School is expected to be approximately 1000 euros, paid in two instalments at each leg of the summer school. For those students with sufficient independent research funding covering travel, we would ask you not to claim a bursary to enable participation by those with less funding. Bursaries are subject to the eligibility requirements of the sponsors of the summer school, and will be allocated based on the quality of the application, with need taken into account. Further details will be provided to successful applications, details regarding location and accommodation can be found on the practicalities page.


Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin

Alexis Pacquit, Trinity College Dublin

Gaye Stephens, Trinity College Dublin

Jan Gulliksen, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm

Åsa Cajander, Uppsala University.

Joakim Blendulf, Stockholms läns landsting

Conor Linehan, University College Cork,

John McCarthy, University College Cork

David Coyle, University College Dublin.

Preliminary list of Contributors (subject to change)

Geraldine Fitzpatrick, TU Wien,

Ann Blandford, University College London

Heleen Riper, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Anja Thieme, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Predrag Klasnja, University of Michigan,

Cecily Morrison, Microsoft Research Cambridge

Derek Richards, SilverCloud Health Ltd.

Ruth Kearney, Innovation Academy, Trinity College Dublin.

Madeline Balaam, OpenLab, University of Newcastle.

Partners: School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (TCD), Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden; Stockholms Läns Landsting, Sweden.


This summer school is sponsored by EIT Health, ACM SIGCHI and the Adapt Centre at Trinity College Dublin, with co-operation from the Innovation Academy at TCD, IPPOSI, and The Centre for Practice in Healthcare Innovation.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a unique EU initiative that spurs innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. EIT Health is a consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 14 EU countries. The goal of EIT Health is to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of European industry, improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction) is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology & human-computer interaction (HCI).

The ADAPT research centre focuses on developing next generation digital technologies that transform how people communicate by helping to analyse, personalise and deliver digital data more effectively for businesses and individuals.

The Irish Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science and Industry  (IPPOSI) is a unique, patient-led partnership between patient groups,  scientists, clinicians, industry and other key decision makers, which  builds consensus on issues relevant to all involved in delivering health innovations to people with unmet medical needs.

Contact person: Dr. Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin; gavin.doherty@tcd.ie