EROGamb: a New Project with GambleAware on Enabling Responsible Online Gambling

The Engineering of Social Informatics research group (ESOTICS) in the Department of Computing and Informatics has recently obtained a research fund from GambleAware to support a project titled “Empowering Responsible Online Gambling with Predictive, Real-time, Persuasive and Interactive Intervention”. The overall cost of the project is £118,136 and it is match-funded by Bournemouth University. EROGamb Logo

In this project we will design software and research facilities which retrieve the gambling history of subscribed gamblers and help them visualise this in various forms to inform their decisions on their gambling behaviour. It will also implement various software-assisted behaviour change mechanisms to try and reduce problem gambling. To this end, it will enable gamblers to establish plans to manage their gambling and enforce these plans though different persuasive techniques including goal setting and self-monitoring. We will also analyse historical gambling data and responses to performance feedback and complement that with qualitative research to derive gambling profiles and behavioural patterns. This will help an informed decision on which goals and plans to recommend to a particular subscribed gambler and predict their acceptance level.

We will also organise a national workshop involving responsible gambling representatives from a wide range of gambling operators and charities as well as gambling experts aiming to produce a manifesto for a policy change in relation to online gambling and the necessity of offering software facilities to enable a more informed decisions of gamblers via the gambling site or third party applications networking with it.

EROGamb’s  BU investigation team include Dr. Raian Ali (project lead, Engineering of Social Informatics), Dr. John McAlaney (Cyber and Social Psychology), Professor Keith Phalp (Software Engineering) and Dr. Marcin Budka (Data Analytics). The project will be conducted through a close collaboration with GambleAware and a range of charities and responsible gambling offices in the UK.

EROGamb is part of our Digital Addiction initiative meant to enable a healthier and well-informed usage of technology.

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