The STRETCH project aims to address this problem by integrating the human circles of support (including people such as hospital clinicians, GPs, community healthcare workers, formal community support, informal support such as neighbours, and adult children).
This PhD will focus on the development of novel interfaces in the home that will allow older adults to monitor a range of data sources including sensors in the home, self-reported data and data inputted from their circle of support. The designed interfaces may also act as a communication tool between the older adult and their circle of support.
Potential avenues of exploration include:
Other interesting suggestions are welcome.
You will benefit from being part of the STRETCH project (https://www.stretchproject.org/). The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team with colleagues from social psychology, software engineering, the health sector (including local hospitals) and Age UK. The STRETCH project is well placed to support the candidate in the funding of conference travel, equipment purchases, and other research costs as well as having staff dedicated to the development of prototypes.
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, had previously worked with older adults and had experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.
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