About this Campus Summer School: The school will bring together e-health researchers and innovators from Human-Computer Interaction, Technology, Health Sciences and Psychology. Students receive: grounding in qualitative and quantitative methods that 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 instruction on how this process can operate in e-health.

Alongside lectures, case studies and invited talks from 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 as well as the parallel programme of clinical validation that 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.

When: First Week of Summer School: 26-30 June, 2017 (Dublin)

Second Week of Summer School: 21-25 August, 2017 (Stockholm)

Deadline for applications: Friday, 17 March, 2017

Notification date: Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Website: http://sigchi.cs.tcd.ie/ehealth

How to Apply: 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 you will need to include 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).

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Costs and support:

Registration is available at a discounted rate of €300 and a student rate of €100. 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 funding), who has to travel internationally for both legs of the Summer School is expected to be approximately 1000, 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.


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, University of Vienna,

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: 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, The Centre for Practice in Healthcare Innovation and IPPOSI.

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