University of Southampton


Speaker: Dr Mark Weal
Time: 15/03/2017 11:00-12:00
Location: B32/3077


The LifeGuide research programme is a multidisciplinary initiative led by Professor Lucy Yardley (Psychology) and Dr Mark Weal (Computer Science) at the University of Southampton. We have developed a unique set of open source software tools, that allows intervention designers with no experience of programming to create interactive web-based interventions to support healthy behaviour. In this talk I will give a brief overview of digital behavioural change interventions, describe the LifeGuide platform that has been developed at the University of Southampton, and through a number of exemplar projects discuss some of the lessons learnt from this interdisciplinary collaboration.

Speaker Biography

Dr Mark Weal

Dr Mark Weal is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and a founding member of the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group. Mark is a co-director for the LifeGuide programme of research, a multidisciplinary initiative led by Professor LucyYardley that has attracted funding of well over £30 million (from MRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NIHR, EC and medical charities) for the development of online and mobile digital public health interventions such as weight management, hand hygiene, and smoking cessation, as well as illness management interventions including diabetes, cancer, respiratory conditions and eczema. Mark is a supervisor for the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre in Southampton. Mark's work has been extensively cross disciplinary, engaging with clinicians, audiologists, teachers, archivists and nursing practitioners amongst others.