2019 SUMMER SCHOOL on Inbodied Interaction

2019 SUMMER SCHOOL on Inbodied Interaction – Designing Technology with the Body

Class of 2019, inbodied interaction summer school, wellthlab, southampton uk

University of Southampton, UK, running from Tuesday through Friday, August 6th-9th.

July 2nd UPDATE – The Summer School is NOW FULL – thank you for your interest. 

Learn the distinction between circum-, em-, and inbodied technology design.

Learn how to Align your Design for the Body, with the Body

Thank you to @SIGCHI for their funding to support international travel. With it, participants are able to attend from EU, US, LATIN AMERICA, MIDDLE EAST, APAC

And with support from the EPSRC GetAMoveON Network, we have been able to DOUBLE our attendee support for the school.

June 26 Update: only five spots left! Sign up below!

A 4-day deep dive into the neuro-physio-chemico-electrico processes of the body for any researcher interested in designing new technology that involves the body –  from play to prevention to performance.

Who should attend?

This summer school is specifically designed for HCI researchers – from post docs to academics – whose designs touch the body.

The summer school is, however, also open to anyone doing research in designing to support health and wellbeing. You will learn mission-critical knowledge about HOW THE BODY WORKS as a complex  system of systems and how this can be leveraged to support the design of new health and wellbeing technology.

You will explore questions such as:

  • What is “the body”?
  • What does movement actually do for the brain?
  • What are hormones and how are they influenced?
  • What is “pain” and where is pain located?
  • How do we FEEL?
  • How and why is the gut the second brain?
  • What is epigenetics?
  • What parts of the brain mediate/integrate movement?
  • How is the state of the body connected to creativity?
  • How does light work within the body and around it?
  • What is the microbiome, and how doe it mediate gut health, depression, fetal health?

Learn by Doing: Apply What You Know

You will also have specific hands-on opportunities to explore how to connect this new knowledge with your own HCI research in health, wellbeing and human performance.

Build Your Research Networks; Lead the Field

The school is going to be fantastic for both your knowledge and community building:  we’ll be learning first-hand from domain experts who will lead deep dive explorations into each of the foundational pillars of the Inbodied 5 Model: the MEECS (Move, Eat, Engage, Cogitate, and Sleep) and the microbiome (inbodied to circumbodied).

Read more about the in5:

m.c. schraefel. 2019. in5: a Model for Inbodied Interaction. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’19).

You will leave with:

  1. a deeper, improved knowledge of how the body works as a set of interconnected complex systems,
  2. practice in how this knowledge can open up the design/research space for health, well-being, performance
  3. an enriched network of colleagues, and
  4. opportunities right away to build, own, claim leadership in a new area of HCI.

Daily Plan

Each day we will cover an inbodied topic in detail (like, how does movement work? how does that engage all the subsystems of the body). We will also have time to do hands on work to build up ideas of how what you’ve just learnt can be applied in design challenges.

OUTCOMES – new skills, networks and leadership in a new area of HCI.


We are bringing together domain experts on each of the MEECS to lead each of the in5 tutorials. These include:

Within the Body:

MOVEMENT: Gareth Stratton, Head of the Research Centre in Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine, Swansea University

Prof Stratton, taking us through the role of Movement in Health for health design challenges

NUTRITION (Wed): Dr. Caroline Childs, School of Medicine, U Southampton.

Dr Childs walking through the aspects of in5’s “eat”
Starting to Explore Awareness of Hunger and Satiety with Dr. Childs.

SLEEP SCIENCE: Mary Morrell, Sleep Lab, Imperial College, London

Within and Around the Body (CircumBodied Interaction)

EPIGENETICS: George Attard, Chemistry, USouthampton

CIRCADIAN RYTHMS/LIGHT (Wed): special guest instricutor, Satchidananda Panda  Salk Institute

MICROBIOME (Friday): Gerard Clark, University County Cork

Dates and Location


  • Suggested: Highfield House 
    We have a Summer School rate with this hotel. Just tell them you’re coming to the University Summer School – or use this code:  0805US
  • Please book your accommodation soon to get the block rate.

Getting There

The summer school will take place on the Boldrewood campus at the University of Southampton, which is roughly two hours travel from London and accessible through a number of transit options, including bus and rail:

Cost: Free Tuition

If you are in university research, anywhere in the planet, there is no cost! The school is free, and we will feed you during the summer school, too.

For international students and academics, we do have a limited number of travel bursaries to help you attend.

So for those students/academics  OUTSIDE THE UK in particular who need funding please apply by Friday, June 7 for first consideration. Results to this first round funding requests will be provided on Monday, June 10 (if we have more funds remaining, we will post a second call).

FOR THOSE IN THE UK – a special note – please ask your Supervisors for support – EPSRC-funded PhD’s have travel allowances; supervisors will also often have support from their projects. We will help where we can.

Applying to Attend

Spaces for the school, and funding opportunities are limited, so apply early!

July 2 update: The School is now full.  If you would like to sign up for a space in case of cancellation, please  fill out this short application form  and let us know. We’ll let you know if a space opens up.


m.c. schraefel – Human Performance/Computer Science University of Southampton

Josh Andres – IBM Research & RMIT University

Aaron Tabor – University of New Brunswick

Eric Hekler – Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, Qualcomm Institute and Department of Family Medicine & Public Health at UC San Diego

Scott Bateman – University of New Brunswick

Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller – Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University


The summer school has been generously supported by:

Get A Move On
SIGCHI Development Fund