The Role of Affordance in Cyber-Physical Systems for Behavioral Change

  • Federica Cena
  • Amon Rapp
  • Alessandro Marcengo
  • Adelina Brizio
  • Dize Hilviu
  • Maurizio Tirassa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 150)


Cyber-Physical Systems are the next generation of embedded ICT systems, interconnected through the Internet of Things and endowed with data gathering functions and able to provide some output to users. Thanks to their features, if opportunely designed, they can affect user behavior on two levels: by means of the data gathered, promoting self-awareness to motivate change in the long term, and by means of direct physical cues, inviting users to perform some action in real time. The concept of affordance becomes crucial to the latter aspect: it is necessary to design novel, intuitive object affordances that foster a particular behavior.


Cyber-Physical systems Internet of things Affordance Behavioral change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federica Cena
    • 1
  • Amon Rapp
    • 1
  • Alessandro Marcengo
    • 2
  • Adelina Brizio
    • 3
  • Dize Hilviu
    • 3
  • Maurizio Tirassa
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly
  2. 2.Telecom Italia - Research and PrototypingTurinItaly
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive ScienceUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly

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