Rafael Calvo on Positive Computing Part 1 Q&A

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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 learning. 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. Positive computing has been called the "buzzword you need to know for 2015" by the Washington Post and Forbes. In this seminar, Dr. Rafael Calvo will present an introduction to his human-computer interaction work, aiming to support psychological wellbeing. The suggested HCI framework builds on psychology, education, design, and other disciplines addressing intrapersonal factors of wellbeing such as motivation, engagement, reflective thought and mindfulness, interpersonal factors such as empathy, and extrapersonal such as altruism. For more information visit


Rafael Calvo is Professor at the University of Sydney, and ARC Future Fellow. 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 the University of Memphis. Rafael also has worked as an Internet consultant for projects in the US, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina. He is the recipient of five awards for his work on learning technologies, 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, the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR-HF). Rafael is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing and co-author of Positive Computing (MIT Press) with Dorian Peters. For more information visit

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