Winter School 2022

We are looking forward to meeting specialized researchers and exchanging ideas about the philosophy behind doing science and how can technologies support mental health. The event is divided into theoretical lectures as well as hands-on practical workshops to identify research challenges and potential collaborations.

We expect attendees to contribute by giving a relevant talk about their research to facilitate collaboration.


Philosophy of Science

Fri 18th – Mon 21st of February 2021

The objective of this school is to learn about why are we doing science and how to ethically do research. The lecturers are a team of interdisciplinary researchers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology. We specifically focus on the challenges and opportunities of doing interdisciplinary research to answer complex problems.

Topics of Lectures

  • Philosophy and Human Conceptions of AI
  • How to write a research paper?
  • How to write interdisciplinary research papers?
  • Hand-on session about fast prototyping of augmented reality applications.


  • Albrecht Schmidt, Professor @ LMU Munich
  • Ophelia Deroy, Philosophy Professor @ LMU Munich
  • Joerg Fingerhut, Philosophy Professor @ LMU Munich
  • Bahador Bahrami, ERC Group Leader at the Chair of General and Experimental Psychology  @ LMU Munich
  • Jurgis Karpus, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ LMU Munich
  • Robin Welsch, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ LMU Munich


Friday 18Saturday 19Sunday 20Monday 21
14:00 – 16:00Human Conceptions of AIHCI MethodsDeparture
(Check-out 10 am)
16:00 – 16:30Coffee breakCoffee break
16:30 – 18:00ArrivalLightning TalksComputers as Social Agents
18:00 – 19:30DinnerDinnerDinner
19:30 – 21:00IntroductionWriting Interdisciplinary Papers IWriting Interdisciplinary Papers II
Career Workshop


Digital Technologies & Mental Health

Mon 21st – Fri 25th of February 2022

The objective of this school is to explore the potential of digital technologies aiding mental health patients as well as supporting reflective attitudes and mindfulness for healthy individuals. We welcome researchers working on designing ubiquitous technologies to support mental health and ones working on identifying challenges and opportunities in the domain.

Topics of Lectures

  • Voice and physical activity: Overlooked, but central targets in Major Depression.
  • Empatho-kinaesthetic Sensory Systems for Biofeedback in Depressed Patients.
  • Emotion-based Approach-Avoidance-Modification-Training in the context of chronic stress.
  • Eye gaze to detect mental health problems.
  • Social media and depression.
  • The role of digital artefacts in handling grief and loss.


  • Albrecht Schmidt, Professor @ LMU Munich
  • Matthias Berking, Psychology Professor @ FAU Erlangen
  • Hans Gellersen, Professor @ Lancaster University
  • Paweł W. Woźniak, Associate Professor @ Chalmers University of Technology.
  • Lena Gmelch, Post-Doctoral researcher @FAU Erlangen
  • Stephanie Böhme, Post-Doctoral Researcher @ FAU Erlangen
  • Jasmin Niess, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ University of St. Gallen


Monday 21Tuesday 22Wednesday 23Thursday 24Friday 25
14:00 – 16:00E-Mental Health Applications IVirtual Reality and Mental HealthHCI MethodsDeparture
(Check-out 10 am)
16:00 – 16:30Coffee breakCoffee break
16:30 – 18:00ArrivalLightning TalksE-Mental Health Applications IIE-Mental Health Applications III
18:00 – 19:30DinnerDinnerProtoyping / Writing Intersdisciplinary Research PapersDinner
19:30 – 21:00IntroductionEthical Challenges of Building Mental Health TechnologiesDinner (self-organised)Prototyping / Ideation

Inquiries and Registration

Please note that we do not accept individual registrations at this point, we only accept registrations by groups collaborating in the projects through the sent form.

Participants are encouraged to participate in one of the schools rather than both. Acceptance of registration is based on the availability of spots and the relevance of the research.

There are no registration fees for participation in the winter school.

Venue and Travel

The Winter School takes place at Söllerhaus – a small family-run hotel with lecture rooms – situated in the Kleinwalsertal just above Hirschegg, directly in the skiing area Heuberg.

Söllerhaus is reachable by public transport. The next train station is Oberstdorf/Allgäu (Germany) and there is a bus to Hirschegg, which run several times per hour and takes about 30 minutes. Participants will have to organize their own travel from and to the winter school. We will help to coordinate this.

Information about the skiing area can be found at: 

Covid-Related Information

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the region. Currently, we are planning to have an in-person event and introduce measures such as regular rapid self-tests. However, short-notice changes might arise as the government regulations change.

Please be aware that given the limited capacity of the house, you may be sharing a room.


  • Albrecht Schmidt, Professor @ LMU Munich
  • Robin Welsch, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ LMU Munich
  • Florian Müller, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ LMU Munich
  • Passant Elagroudy, Post-Doctoral Researcher  @ LMU Munich
  • Luke Haliburton, PhD candidate @ LMU Munich
  • Fiona Draxler, PhD candidate @ LMU Munich

Support and Funding

The winter school is supported by the projects Amplify, Humane AI, and HIVE-Lab.