Centre for Behaviour Change


Predicting outcomes of behaviour change interventions

03 May 2023, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


Developing machine learning systems to predict outcomes of behaviour change interventions

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The need for machine-learning prediction systems and how they were developed within the Human Behaviour-Change Project will be discussed by Professor Robert West and Professor Janna Hastings. We will ensure plenty of interaction both in the session and on a discussion board – we hope you can join us.

Speaker bios:

Robert West , Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology at University College London. He specialises in behaviour change and addiction with a special focus on tobacco use. He has more than 900 academic publications. He has acted as an advisor to the UK government on behaviour change and authored several books on behaviour change as well as guides for government agencies. His most recent book is ‘React: Harness your animal brain’ which provides a concise summary of our understanding of motivation as it applies to topics such as addiction.

Janna Hastings, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Medical Knowledge and Decision Support, University of Zurich and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Janna has worked on ontology research and development for more than a decade across multiple disciplines. She develops the Mental Functioning Ontology and related projects, and until 2015 she was ontology lead and project coordinator for the ChEBI chemical ontology, during which time she also worked on related biological ontologies. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, an MSc in Computer Science and an MA in Philosophy.

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