Dr. Rita Orji, is a Computer Science prof. at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is well-known for her work in the area of Personalizing Persuasive Technology and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in this area within the last 5 years. Her work has won several awards, including best paper awards. Recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 150 Women in Canada Changing the World through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She has many years of experience serving on program and steering committees, co-chair, and associate chair for several HCI conferences including the Persuasive Technology Conference. Dr. Orji has successfully co-organized many workshops over the past five years, including the Personalizing Persuasive Technology Workshops 2016 and 2017, Personalization in Serious and Persuasive Games and Gamified Interactions Workshop 2015 and 2017, Positive Gaming: Workshop on Gamification and Games for Wellbeing 2017.

Prof. Dr. Maurits C. Kaptein, PDEng (Doetinchem, 1983) is a professor by special appointment of Data Science and Health. His chair is funded by CZ (Tilburg, the Netherlands). Maurits is also the Principal Investigator of the Computational Personalization lab at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in Den Bosch, and he is an assistant professor at the department of methodology and statistics at Tilburg University.

After obtaining his Masters degree in economic psychology at Tilburg University (Tilburg, the Netherlands), Maurits obtained his professional doctorate in engineering (PDEng) in User-System Interaction at the Technical University of Eindhoven (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). Subsequently Maurits spend two years working for a market research agency, in part developing their statistical analysis software (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). Maurits then joined the PhD program of Industrial design at the University of Eindhoven. Maurits his PhD research was supported by Philips research (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), and Maurits was a distinguished visiting scholar at the CHIMe lab of Stanford University (Stanford, CA, USA) during his PhD. After graduating with honors Maurits started an online personalization company (ScienceRockstars, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and joined the marketing department of the Aalto School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland) as a postdoc. Maurits then became an assistant professor in the department of methodology and statistics at Tilburg University, an assistant professor at the department of Artificial Intelligence at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), and subsequently entered a tenured position at the department of methodology and statistics at Tilburg University. Next to his academic work Maurits advises several (web) companies regarding data analysis and the handling of large-scale data, and Maurits is an active public speaker.

Maurits his research work focusses on developing and evaluating statistical methods for large-scale sequential decision making and online learning, with applications in online marketing and health. Maurits is the author of two books: “Persuasion profiling, how the internet knows what makes you tick” (Business contact, Amsterdam) and, with prof. dr. Judy Robertson, “Modern statistical methods for HCI” (Springer, Berlin). Maurits his academic work has been published in leading international journals such as the Journal of Interactive Marketing, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Behavior Research Methods, the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, and Bayesian Analysis.

Dr. Jaap Ham, is associate professor of human-technology interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research focus is on the social-cognitive characteristics of human-technology interaction. More specifically, he studies questions concerning persuasive technology, user adaptation, persuasive robotics, and ambient (persuasive) intelligence. He is currently associate editor of the International Journal on Social Robotics, and published in a variety of international scientific journals, and co-editor special issues on persuasive technology and personalization (UMUAI) and e-coaching (PUC). Also, he is involved in the management of several European and nationally funded research projects, often in close collaboration with industry.

Kiemute Oyibo, is currently a doctoral student in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His main research areas of interest include Behavioral Change, Persuasive Technology, User Modeling, Personalization and Mobile Technology. He is currently working in the health domain, where he applies behavioral theories from Psychology and personalization of persuasive strategies to bring about behavioral change.

Dr. Joshua Nwokeji, is an emerging professor, researcher and entrepreneur. He completed his Ph.D., in June 2016, and joined Gannon University, as Assistant Professor of Information Systems, in August 2016. His research interests include requirements engineering for open source education systems; application of enterprise modeling to organizational agility; applying persuasive technologies to information systems education; and information systems education. He has authored more than 13 peer reviewed publications, and served as program committee member and reviewer in international conferences such as HICSS, ICEIS, AMCIS. Currently he is a member of editorial board of ORBIT Journal. Dr. Nwokeji has taught many courses including systems analysis and design, database management systems, requirements engineering, and business process modeling.