Seminar: “Positive Computing: Technologies for psychological well-being and human potential” by Prof. Rafael Calvo

Tuesday 4 August 2015, from 12 to 1 pm – Doug McDonnell-5.03 (Steve Howard Theatre) – The University of Melbourne


Digital technologies have made their way into all the aspects of our lives that, according to psychology, influence our well-being — 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 well-being and human potential. Positive computing has been call the “buzzword you need to know for 2015” by the Washington Post and Forbes. More specifically, in this seminar I will present an introduction to our Human-Computer interaction work aiming to support psychological well-being. The suggested HCI framework builds on psychology, education, design and other disciplines addressing intrapersonal factors of well-being such as motivation, engagement, reflective thought and mindfulness, interpersonal factors such as empathy, and extrapersonal such as altruism.

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Prof Calvo

Rafael Calvo is Professor at the University of Sydney, and ARC Future Fellow. He has taught at several Universities, high schools and professional training institutions. He worked at the Language Technology Institute in Carnegie Mellon University, Universidad Nacional de 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 recipient of 5 teaching awards for his work on learning technologies, and 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 is Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing and co-author of “Positive Computing” (MIT Press) with Dorian Peters. For more information visit:



About HaBIC

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIc) at the University of Melbourne. Our goal is to build collaborations that advance human health through the shared development and application of expert knowledge about information and communication technologies for healthcare and biomedical research. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus and works closely with researchers from across The University of Melbourne, particularly Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, Computing and Information Systems, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Melbourne School of Medicine and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
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