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Aart van Halteren is an endowed professor of Health Behaviour Informatics. He is also a principal scientist with Philips Research.


We are living in a digital world, and increasingly the boundaries between humans and their digital environment is blurring. People can be equipped with a myriad of devices that automatically measure their physical state and often in a highly nonintrusive fashion.

The challenge

A big challenge is to addresses the full cycle of automatically measuring, analyzing, and acting upon the physiological and psychological state of individuals or groups of people. Emphasis lies on promoting adherence: enabling people to willingly follow a therapy or stick to an agreed set of health behaviours. Typical examples for adherence range from the ensurance that patients adhere to their therapy (e.g. medication adherence) to the case of staying active to prevent obesity (physical activity promotion). To support adherence, the basic human needs of autonomy, competence and belonging need to be incorporated into the design of health behaviour support systems.

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Research Output 2012 2018

Contagious: Modeling the Spread of Behaviours, Perceptions and Emotions in Social Networks

Fernandes de Mello Araujo, E., 2018, 253 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Integrating person-to-person social support in smartphone apps for promoting physical activity

Simoski, B., Klein, M., Van Halteren, A. T. & Bal, H., 2018, HEALTHINF 2018 - 11th International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Part of 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2018. SciTePress, Vol. 5, p. 497-504 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Application programs
Social Support
Health hazards

RideMatcher: Peer-to-peer matching of passengers for efficient ridesharing

Bozdog, N. V., Makkes, M. X., Van Halteren, A. & Bal, H., 13 Jul 2018, Proceedings - 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing, CCGRID 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 263-272 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Railroad cars
Noise pollution
Travel time
Air quality

SenseLE: Exploiting spatial locality in decentralized sensing environments

Bozdog, N. V., Makkes, M. X., Uta, A., Bharath Das, R., Van Halteren, A. & Bal, H., 25 May 2018, Proceedings - 15th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications and 16th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, ISPA/IUCC 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 1356-1363 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review


A validation study of the fitbit one in daily life using different time intervals

Middelweerd, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. P., Van Halteren, A., Twisk, J. W. R., Brug, J. & Te Velde, S. J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49, 6, p. 1270-1279 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Validation Studies
Young Adult
Equipment and Supplies