Tuesday 16 March 2021 - What does the future health of our society look like? - DARO event
Prof Maurice Mulvenna will deliver a presentation about digital mental health - “The role of technology in mental health and wellbeing” on Tuesday 16 March 2021 at What does the future health of our society look like? event hosted by DARO (Development and Alumni Relations Office) Ulster University.
ChatPal on the Platform at Policy Forum NI Conference
Prof. Maurice Mulvenna will deliver a short presentation entitled, “Developing a digital health model for mental health” at the Policy Forum for Northern Ireland policy conference – morning - Wednesday 24 March 2021.
Chatpal Talks and Presentations 2020
Google forms for talks & presentations Note: Deliverable C.6.1 “Non ChatPal Events”. ChatPal will identify other relevant events that are suitable for dissemination of the project outcomes e.g. mental health events, events with overlapping stakeholders to ChatPal, NPA events, other EU projects etc. ChatPal will present at these events with photos and presentations uploaded to the project website.
Chatpal Annual Conference 2020
All partners attended this meetup online in August which was organised by Swedish partners and Ulster University. The conference included a design thinking workshop, partner meetings, keynotes and culminated with a presentation and panel discussion open for the public in Swedish which had ~150 attendees. The keynotes were provided by Professor Marcus Liwicki on “Conversational AI for Health”, John Torous MD - “Beyond Telehealth: Digital Psychiatry’s Current Applications and Research” and Sebastian Gabrielsson “Using ICT to support recovery in mental health”. In the design thinking workshop, members of the ChatPal consortium came together to put forward ideas for content for version 2 of the app based on the user needs identified in the workshops across all regions. Slides etc from conference: www.dropbox.com/sh/u26kh2j2wgi7ez2/AAD5qM37AZ6DcsPHpCbzR12Ra
VOICE Talks (28th April 2020)
VOICE Talks is hosted by Sofia Altuna, one of Google Assistant's top industry experts and a leader on the Global Product Partnerships team. The video included talks from Google experts Manuel Bronstein and Danny Bernstein about how voice technology is increasingly focusing on helpfulness and how the industry is addressing the worldwide health crisis for both consumers and businesses alike. Professor Mike McTear (UU) spoke about the Chatpal project (1:14:26). Video was posted to Youtube and received thousands of views: www.youtube.com/watch;
Local news round up (8th June 2020)
Dr Raymond Bond (UU) spoke to a local reporter about modelling the spread of CV-19, and also discussed some projects, including Chatpal. See 10:48 - 12:20 here: www.nvtv.co.uk/shows/the-round-up-monday-8th-june-2020/
Loneliness & Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network (8th July 2020)
At this event, short talks on different approaches to reducing loneliness and social isolation in people with mild-moderate mental health problems were followed by small-group discussions on gaps, promising areas and research priorities. Dr Raymond Bond (UU) presented “Who wants to talk to a computer? - Chatbots for mental health and wellbeing” which included the Chatpal project. Live tweeting from thementalelf on Twitter. The talk can be found on youtube here: www.youtube.com/watch
The 13th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium (9th July 2020)
Dr Raymond Bond (UU) outlined the current challenges and opportunities for chatbots and conversational assistants to promote mental wellbeing at this conference. His talk was entitled “The Opportunity for More Human-Computer Conversations (Using Chatbots) During Social Distancing in a Pandemic”. The abstract can be found here www.tbisociety.org/public/docs/shared/21-v1-_dr._raymond_bond.pdf
Terawe AI and Student Wellbeing Event (2nd September 2020)
At this student wellbeing event, Dr Raymond Bond spoke about the Chatpal project. This event was for Irish Higher Education thought-leaders, school administrators and counsellors focused on Student Wellbeing and the role that Artificial Intelligence can play in helping to identify students in need of assistance or timely interventions. Microsoft were also involved in the event and spoke about their AI For Good program. Members of the press attended. Dr Bond’s talk on “The Role of AI in Mental Wellbeing” can be found on Youtube (17:19): www.youtube.com/watch
9th European Conference on Mental Health (30th September 2020)
At the 8th European Conference on Mental Health @ECMentalHealth ecmh.eu, Professor Maurice Mulvenna (UU) talked about the first version of the Chatpal app, which was released earlier than anticipated on the Google play store at the end of June. Prof Mulvenna’s talk was titled “Chatbots to support mental health & wellbeing - Early findings from ChatPal app use during COVID-19 lockdown” and detailed usage thus far, lessons learned and plans for the project going forward.
Nursing Conference in University of Eastern Finland (30th September 2020)
This conference, organised by the Finnish Association of Nursing Research, is an important arena for sharing national nursing science knowledge in Finnish or Swedish. This year the theme of the conference was innovations in nursing science. At the conference, Dr Lauri Kuosmanen (UEF) presented on the ChatPal-project and utilisation of chatbots in promoting mental health and wellbeing.
Mindful of AI: Language, Technology and Mental Health event (2nd October 2020)
This event was a two-day virtual interdisciplinary workshop bringing together a diverse group of researchers from academia, industry and government, with specialisms in many different disciplines, to discuss positive and negative effects that AI-based communications technologies are currently having, and will have, on mental health and well-being. At this event, Dr Raymond Bond (UU) was invited to speak at a virtual event hosted by University of Cambridge. Dr Bond’s talk was titled “How can we ‘responsibly’ co-create chatbots to support mental wellbeing? A balancing act of what users want, what professionals will endorse and what AI can do well!” An abstract can be found here www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/assets/general/Mindful_of_AI_workshop_booklet_3.pdf.
MENHIR Summer School (5th - 9th October 2020)
Several members of the Chatpal consortium at UU spoke at the International Doctoral Summer School in Conversational Systems for Mental e-health menhir-project.eu/index.php/summer-school-programme/. This summer school was part of the Mental health monitoring through interactive conversations (MENHIR) project. Dr Raymond Bond spoke about conversational systems for e-health in his talk "Data science for health applications". Professor Maurice Mulvenna spoke on “A review of identified needs for mental health apps”. Dr Edel Ennis presented; “Ethical issues in digital technologies and mental health”. The Chatpal project was mentioned in each talk including the ethical considerations when designing chatbots and results of needs analysis / content development workshops for Chatpal.
Highlands and Islands Ecosystem Gathering (28th October 2020)
Series of talks on “Digital Health Innovation in the Highland and Islands: Covid needs and Opportunities”. Martin Malcolm (NHS Western Isles) presented on “Digital Innovation for social and mental wellbeing: the not so new normal in remote communities of Western Isles”.
Chatpal Talks and Presentations 2019
Non-Chatpal Events 2019 8th European Conference on Mental Health (3rd October 2019) The 8th European Conference on Mental Health (ECMH) organised by Dr Lauri Kuosmanen was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference included a session on eHealth/ Chatbots organised and chaired by Dr Lauri Kuosmanen (UEF) and Prof Maurice Mulvenna (UU). This included four talks: “Mental Health in the workplace: Using chatbots for self-assessment.” Gillian Cameron, UK “Towards a chatbot assisted mental health and wellbeing ecosystem.” Alex Vakaloudis, Ireland “Chatbots for mental health and suicide prevention: is this even ethical?” Raymond Bond, UK “Towards Conversational Coaching Agents to Support Bibliotherapy.” Patrick McAllister, UK This session took place soon after Chatpal project launched, and provided an opportunity to discuss the project launch as well as use of chatbots for mental health. Action Mental Health Directors Event (25th October 2019) Professor Maurice Mulvenna from Ulster University (UU) spoke at the annual event for Action Mental Health (AMH) Directors, Clients, Staff and Management. At this event, the staff, including counsellors from AMH and New Age Counselling were briefed on the ChatPal project