Logging health activities is becoming increasingly mainstream as people seek to use technology to support clinicians. For example, Fitbits and other activity tracking systems can help surgeons determine whether patients are moving enough over surgery.
To date, much of the focus of health-related logging has been on physical health. However, emotional wellbeing can have a significant impact on a persons' quality of life as well as being linked to physical health. This PhD will focus on the development of novel interfaces that will allow a variety of demographics to log their emotional wellbeing and act on it. Potential avenues of exploration include:
Candidates will benefit from having some experience and skill in UX/UI development, programming and having an interest in the domain.
Having experience of undertaking qualitative research and analysis would be ideal.
It would be useful if candidates had experience of undertaking Participatory Design activities and had experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.
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