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A Zero-Permission Geofencing Approach to Alleviate Gambling Disorders

Roberto Coral

A Zero-Permission Geofencing Approach to Alleviate Gambling Disorders.

Rel. Guido Marchetto, Flavio Esposito. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Informatica (Computer Engineering), 2019


Current efforts to address and alleviate the suffering and harms associated with gambling disorder (GD) predominately involve in-person psychotherapy or static web-based interventions, while dynamic, proactive approaches to the treatment of GD are needed. Currently, several mHealth apps for GD exist, but none are empirically validated and, even though they could be potentially useful, these interventions are static, reactive approaches and they are not based on the geofencing principle. Advances in smartphone technology now allow for a paradigm shift. Just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAI) are technology-based dynamic interventions that proactively respond to time-varying information to provide intervention at critical moments. In this paper, we present a novel JITAI mHealth app for GD called "Don't Go There'' (DGT). It capitalizes on smartphones' global positioning software (GPS) or other zero-permission embedded sensors to recognizes a user's location. When the patient turns off the GPS capabilities, we infer the geolocation solving a probabilistic route matching problem. The purpose of DGT is to construct a geofence around a gambler's favored gambling establishment, to discourage participation. We hypothesize that the deployment of this app could lead to a reduction in gambling behavior and problems and improve psychological functioning.

Relators: Guido Marchetto, Flavio Esposito
Academic year: 2019/20
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 79
Additional Information: Tesi secretata. Fulltext non presente
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Informatica (Computer Engineering)
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-32 - COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Ente in cotutela: Saint Louis University (STATI UNITI D'AMERICA)
Aziende collaboratrici: Saint Louis University
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/12405
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