Wellbeing Technologies Lab

The Wellbeing Technologies Lab is located at Imperial College London at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. We work to advance ethical practice and wellbeing-supportive design in technology. This includes research in digital health, mental health and wellbeing. Our vision is of a future in which all digital experience contributes to the thriving of individuals, communities and our world.


Rafael Calvo
Professor of Software Engineering
Dyson School of Design Engineering
Imperial College London

Dorian Peters
Designer and Researcher
Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence,
University of Cambridge;
Imperial College London

Research Associate
Dyson School of Design Engineering
Imperial College London


PhD candidates

Sijin Sun

Design Ethics and design for wellbeing

Designing for wellbeing is inescapably linked to questions of ethics and philosophy. We write about ethics-related technology issues on Medium:  The Ethics of Digital Experience

Selected publications 

Below is a selection of our publications.
For complete lists see:  Rafael's publications and Dorian's Publications.
We also maintain a collection of papers on HCI for Wellbeing at Mendeley.
  • Calvo, R.A., Peters, D. & Cave, S. Advancing impact assessment for intelligent systems. Nature Machine Intelligence (2020). [read online]
  • Peters, D. Vold K.,  Robinson D. and Calvo R. A. , “Responsible AI -Two Frameworks for Ethical Design Practice,” in IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. Vol 1, No 1, pp 34-47 
  • Designing for Motivation, Engagement, and Thriving in Digital Experience. D. Peters, R.A. Calvo, R. M. Ryan. Frontiers in Psychology(MAY).
  • Positive Computing R.A. Calvo and D. Peters. MIT Press. 
  •  D. Peters, RA Calvo (2014) “Compassion v. empathy: Designing for resilience.” ACM Interactions. September – October pp 48-53. [PDF]
  • RA Calvo, D. Peters, D. Johnson, Y. Rogers "Autonomy in Technology Design" CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2014 [Prepub PDF]
  • RA Calvo, D. Peters (2013) "Promoting psychological wellbeing: loftier goals for new technologiesIEEE Technology and Society, December vol 32, 4. 
  • RA Calvo, D. Vella-Brodrick, P. Desmet & RM Ryan. “Positive Computing: A new partnership between psychology, social sciences and technologists” Psychology of Well-being, 2016, 6 (5) 
  • Oxford Handbook on Affective Computing: R.A. Calvo, S.K. D'Mello, J. Gratch and A. Kappas (Eds). Handbook of Affective Computing. Oxford University Press. 2014.  

Recent Projects

Until 2018, we ran the Wellbeing Technology Lab (previously the Positive Computing Lab) at the University of Sydney (see the feature in Interactions Magazine) with collaborators at the Black Dog InstituteBrain and Mind CentreCambridge Wellbeing InstituteChangineersCharles Perkins CentreMicrosoft Research, ReachOutTobiasUCL Interaction Centre and many others.