Faculty of Information Technology

Dr. Agnis Stibe: Digitizing Wellbeing: Social Behavior Engineering for Healthy Societies 8.5.

last modified Apr 24, 2017 12:23 PM
When May 08, 2017
from 01:00 AM to 02:30 AM
Where Kalle Lyytine's Room, Agora
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PRESENTATION: Digitizing Wellbeing: Social Behavior Engineering for Healthy Societies

Dr. Agnis Stibe, Sociotech Designer at MIT Media Lab

TIME: May 8th 2017, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Ag D513.1 (Kalle Lyytinen’s Room)


Wellbeing in cities can be improved through reshaping and advancing places with seamless digital and socially influencing ubiquitous strategies, thus empowering people to succeed in achieving better lifestyles. By helping people to acquire healthier and resource-efficient everyday routines, more sustainable societies can be created.

Oftentimes, urban engineers and technology developers are unaware of how diversely their innovations are actually going to influence lives of many people. Therefore, it is important to focus on investigating and designing ways how environments can be retrofitted and complemented with socially influencing systems to facilitate societal changes at scale.

Novel cyber-physical systems can be developed to facilitate the emergence of socially engaging environments to support entrepreneurship and innovation, reshape routines and behavioral patterns in residential areas, deploy intelligent outdoor sensing for shifting mobility modes, enhance eco-friendly behaviors through social norms, locate interactive public feedback channels for affecting attitudes, involve residents through socially influencing systems, and explore methods for designing healthy neighborhoods.

This approach is highly important, as it encompasses transformation of human behavior and public spaces at scale. Ultimately, this work generates refined scientific knowledge on how to digitize wellbeing and guidelines for practical approaches in achieving prosperous societies.


Dr. Agnis Stibe is a Sociotech Designer at MIT Media Lab. In his TEDx talk, Agnis envisions future Persuasive Cities that are encouraging healthy and sustainable routines.

He believes that our world can become a better place thought purposefully designed urban spaces that successfully blend technological advancements with human nature.

His research is built upon socio-psychological theories to design Socially Influencing Systems (SIS) for health behavior change at scale. Agnis is an active member of persuasive technology community, frequently speaking at annual conferences and effectively collaborating with industry.

He has worked for a number of Fortune 100 companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Oracle. Dr. Stibe has twice been awarded a recognition from the Minister of Education and Science of Latvia for his long-term creative work. He has also received awards from the Nokia Foundation, Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society, and the Latvian Fund for Education.

Dr. Stibe holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Latvia, an MBA from Riga Business School (in partnership with University of Ottawa and The State University of New York at Buffalo), and a PhD on Socially Influencing Systems from University of Oulu.