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[CEUD-ICT] Fwd: Masters Project in Human Computer Interaction

Joshue O Connor joshue.oconnor at ncbi.ie
Tue Aug 13 10:46:26 IST 2013


May be of interest.

Josh

*Project Title: Behaviour Change Interventions Addressing Emotional
Wellbeing and Frailty in an Older Population (MSc)*

Applications are invited for a full-time funded Master’s by research
studentship within CASALA at Dundalk Institute of Technology. The
studentship is for a period of two years, provides payment of tuition fees,
a stipend of €6000 per annum, with the possibility of additional funding to
increase this stipend and €2000 per annum for travel to conferences etc.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Julie Doyle (CASALA) and Dr. Gerry
McTaggart (School of Health Sciences).


*Project Description*

This project will focus on improving the home-based self-management of
frailty status and emotional wellbeing of older people using novel,
in-home, ICT (information communication technology) based intervention
systems. This Masters project is part of ongoing research at CASALA and the
Netwell Centre, the aim of which is to develop a system comprising of
home-based ambient sensor monitoring of older adults in the home, to
predict frailty and emotional state change in a person and to deliver
feedback to the person to support wellness management. The Master’s student
will be involved in the delivery of interactive feedback to participants
and in evaluating the effectiveness of such interventions in supporting
behaviour change that promotes positive emotional and physical wellbeing.
Specifically the Master’s by research project will involve:

·     The design of interactive applications that support older adults in
self-reporting on their wellbeing and that delivers feedback to the person,
increasing their awareness of the wellbeing and supporting them in
maintaining and improving wellbeing. This will involve requirements
gathering, interviews, focus groups etc. as well design.

·    The evaluation of these applications in terms of effectiveness to
support positive wellbeing as well as subjective feedback from users
regarding its ease of use, effectiveness and usefulness.

·  The evaluation of interactive interventions (including balance training,
cognitive games etc.) in terms of effectiveness to support emotional and
physical wellbeing as well as subjective feedback from participants.



The project is inherently multidisciplinary and the student will work with
an existing team of designers and developers at CASALA as well as health
sciences research and practicing staff. We welcome applications from those
with a background in computer science, design, human computer interaction
or psychology/health sciences.



*How to apply:*

Informal enquiries should be made to Julie Doyle (Julie.doyle at casala.ie)
while formal applications, including CV and cover letter, should be sent to
Jane Daly (jane.daly at dkit.ie). Closing date for applications is Friday
23rdAugust at 17.00 GMT.

-- 
*Dr. Julie Doyle*
CASALA , Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co. Louth, Ireland

Hosts of iHCI 2013 hci.casala.ie

*E: *julie.doyle at casala.ie
*T: *+353 (0)42 9370497
*W: *www.casala.ie





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