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Heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes can be all linked to our diet – but how can human-centered data science make us healthier?

by | Jun 11, 2021

Last Updated on June 11, 2021 by Kata Urban

The first CEDAS (Center for Data Science at the University of Bergen) was held between 1-2 June 2021 where our Centre Director Christoph Trattner was invited to deliver a talk  on human-centered data science.  

The conference featured several keynote presentations and sessions on AI and data science. 

Christoph focused on Data Science on the Web for Better Food Decision Making in his talk. He presented research data on data science approaches to understand, predict and potentially change our food decision making in an online context. Computational data analytics have proved to be an asset in achieving the goal of understanding user behaviour and being able to develop intelligent systems, which can positively influence our food choices.

In his presentation, he showed how real-world health issues can be linked to the online food interactions on a large scale, how people act and interact in a large online food community and how contextual factors and biases (for ex.: seasonality, temporality, social context or presentation) have an impact on popularity and perception. In addition, he presented to what extent these factors and biases can be used to model and predict our online food choices and how data science can help to nudge people towards food choices.  

The speakers in the Human-centered Data science session were Michael Sedlmair (Professor in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality at the Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart), Barbara Wasson (Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies and Director of the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen) and MediaFutures Centre Director, Christoph Trattner (Professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, SFI MediaFutures, University of Bergen). 

More info on the Human-centered Data Science speakers and their abstracts here:  
https://cedasconf.w.uib.no/human-centered-data-science-session/  

More info on the first CEDAS conference here: https://cedasconf.w.uib.no/ 

Photo: Randi Eilertsen, UiB

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