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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

  • 9 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Review article

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 contribution


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 journalArticle

Open Access
Validation Studies
Young Adult
Equipment and Supplies

Explaining Changes in Physical Activity Through a Computational Model of Social Contagion

Mollee, J. S., Fernandes de Mello Araujo, E., Manzoor, A., van Halteren, A. T. & Klein, M. C. A. 21 Mar 2017 Complex Networks VIII. CompleNet 2017.. Springer/Verlag, p. 213-223 (Springer Proceedings in Complexity)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

physical activity
regression analysis

Developing a virtual coach for chronic patients: A user study on the impact of similarity, familiarity and realism

van Wissen, A., Vinkers, C. & van Halteren, A. 2016 Persuasive Technology - 11th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2016, Proceedings. Springer/Verlag, Vol. 9638, p. 263-275 13 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 9638)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Embodied Conversational Agents
User Studies

Effectiveness of a medication-adherence tool: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Hilbink, M., Lacroix, J., Bremer-van der Heiden, L., van Halteren, A., Teichert, M. & van Lieshout, J. 3 Jun 2016 In : Trials. 17, 1, 274

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Medication Adherence
Randomized Controlled Trials
Blood Glucose