Roelof de Vries

Roelof de Vries

University of Twente / Biomedical Signals and Systems group

r.a.j.devries@utwente.nl

Focus of the project

Designing and operationalizing (social) interventions for technology that support diet/nutrition behavior change and can be tailored to individual characteristics of the user. The focus is on finding theoretical and empirical support for interventions and characteristics of influence on diet/nutrition behavior change, and possibly to extend or enrich existing theories and models on behavior change. Of special interest are ways in which we can extend or enrich existing theories and models of behavior change with characteristics focused on the individual/tailoring while taking a group setting into account. Additionally, the focus is also on the process of translating existing theories or models of behavior change to practical technological interventions. As a starting point, it also involves getting a clear picture of the diet/nutrition context of the user (in situ).

Key research question

How can technology support individualized coaching processes?

How can we design and validate systems and services that prevent chronic illnesses?

How can we design interventions that bridge the personal and social sphere (such as nuclear families) and will such interventions be more effective than those targeted at individuals?

Collaboration partners

The other 3 TU’s (Wageningen, Delft, Eindhoven)

Potentially: hospital(s), e.g. Gelderse Vallei/ZGT/MST, for example for access to cohorts.

Potentially: supermarkets, for direct access to intervention contexts.