Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2012 Archive

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Positive Computing: How can technology support wellbeing?

14 November 2012

Join us on the 14th of November for a CoCo-CHAI-LATTE seminar by Associate Professor Rafael Calvo titled ‘Positive Computing: How can technology support wellbeing?’

Digital technologies have made their way into all the aspects of our lives that, according to psychology, influence our wellbeing -- everything from social relationships and curiosity to engagement and meaning. As computers are gradually embedded into all the life experiences that shape us, isn’t it our responsibility to expect more from the way they impact our lives?

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 wellbeing and human potential.

In this seminar we will present an interdisciplinary framework for research and development in positive computing. We will provide examples of related work in e-therapy, positive psychology and Human-Computer-Interaction and look at the potential for including wellbeing considerations into the design of all technology. We will also look specifically at how this area can be informed by, and benefit, education research.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Where:

    Please note the change of location to:

    Education Building (A35), Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 9351 2612

  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Rafael Calvo is Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence applied to automatic document classification (e.g. web site classification).

    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 University of Memphis.

    Rafael also has worked as an Internet consultant for projects in Australia, Brasil, the US and Argentina. Rafael is the recipient of 5 teaching awards, 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.

Positive Computing: How can technology support wellbeing?


Please note the change of location to:

Education Building (A35), Room 230


14 November 2012

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