- Malnutrition is a widespread problem in hospitals, especially amongst people aged 65 and above. One contributing factor is a lack of accuracy when monitoring how much patients are eating and the nutritional value of the food they consume. Methods that involve estimations by a dietician do not provide enough information, and mean that small deficits ...Across the UK political spectrum there is a consensus that communities need to play a greater role in local government, both in the decisions made that affect people’s everyday lives, and in the design and delivery of services provided by local government to communities. With the enormous public uptake of digital technologies including broadband internet, ...Foreign languages are generally taught within a classroom setting using textbook exercises. Despite its wide usage, there are a number of problems with this approach. Students are only able to “rehearse” the language, rather than use it practically. The classroom setting also makes it difficult for students to immerse themselves in the foreign culture. Studies ...The Development and Evaluation of a Peer Support System for Children and Young People with Type 1 DiabetesDiabetes is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the world today and numbers of affected individuals in the UK are predicted to rise, raising concerns not only for the health of the nation but also the capability of a healthcare system which is already at breaking point. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune ...React! is a web app designed and developed to support teenagers who are at risk of anaphylaxis (severe food allergies) and their friends in learning about the signs of different types of reactions and what to do in such circumstances. The app itself is designed around a number of interactive films where decisions made by ...The ‘Talking Memory Box’ was developed to allow people to digitally record, store and playback stories. It was designed for families and schools, allowing people to record and share stories and experiences that are associated with both people and anVisual inspection of carcasses is an important factor for ensuring the quality of meat products. However, manual inspection puts a strain on meat inspector resources, which effectively prevents detailed screening for the purposes of health schemes. The specific aims of this project are: To develop an automated system based on visual image analysis to screen pig carcasses ...
- A film competition and community filmmaking project, which will use prototype filmmaking methods developed as part of the CX Participatory Production Technologies project. This project comprises two main goals. Firstly, it is part of an ongoing conservation effort to protect the red squirrel. By raising awareness of the issues facing the species in the UK, this project ...Machine Vision of Animals and their Behaviour (MVAB) 2015
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1pm - 6pmParkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition affecting up to 10 million people worldwide. It manifests itself in motor symptoms including rigidity, tremor and bradykinesia, or slowness of movement. These affect an individuals balance, gait, arm and facial movements. In this project we are collaborating with people with Parkinson’s to explore how Google’s Glass ...Often, high accuracy activity recognition can be performed using relatively simple methods, such as through the use of sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes. This means that activity segmentation, meaning the extraction of continuous sequences of a specific activity, is readily available for many applications. However, so far there has been relatively little work into the ...The Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system, which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to use an ambient persuasion approach in order to encourage people to join existing breaks, which take place ...We have been working with local women and community breastfeeding groups to create a breastfeeding mapping mobile application called FeedFinder. In our initial design work we found that women had felt trapped in their house in the early days of having a baby partly because they were unsure where had good facilities for breastfeeding when ...
- This research project placed the sustainable management of Commons in historical perspective. Four case studies were used to illustrate the changing patterns of land use, differing management principles and regulatory mechanisms applied to common land from the seventeenth century to the modern day. These case studies were drawn from Commons around England and Wales: Eskdale ...This cueing device has been developed as a way to behaviourally manage drooling, which is commonly symptomatic of Parkinson’s Disease. The device was developed through a participatory design process, taking into account the needs of people with Parkinson’s Disease to ensure that the result was something they would want to wear. Existing cueing devices give auditory ...Demographic ageing has raised many issues for policy and practice, particularly in terms of how society should best support and care for the ageing population. Governments around the western world have recommended that older people should be supported to ‘age in place’, in the belief that this will also promote quality of life and well-being ...Tales of I is a installation developed in collaboration with an adult mental health and learning disability development unit. Many residents of the unit have chronic dementia, and the room is intended to help trigger pleasant memories. Tales of I consists of two bespoke pieces of furniture, a wall cabinet and a television cabinet. The ...During art therapy sessions, the therapist increases the level of art with which the client can engage if the client becomes distracted, thus bringing their focus back to the therapy. Dundee University developed a system that could monitor whether the client was becoming distracted or not. Simultaneously, we created a multi-touch table based on Frustrated ...Interactive storytelling endeavours to implement systems that will create narratives in which the user can become fully involved. For example, a user could interfere with the action of a well-known play, resulting in a different ending from the one they are familiar with. The aim of the IRIS project was to improve interactive storytelling technologies ...Jewellery is inherently connected to the body: as a symbol of self, as a witness to our experiences, as a conduit to transport us to other times, places and people and because it signifies aspects of identity and inter-personal relationships. The role of the body becomes acute in dementia, being something that can represent identity ...Try clicking here for more contentTry clicking here for more content
WelcomeWe are an interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group called Open Lab, based at Newcastle University. Established in 2008, the group is led by Patrick Olivier and has a core team of around eighty researchers. Our work focuses on the experience-centred design of digital technology and applied challenges in ubiquitous computing. Many members of the group originate from a disciplines outside computer science, including psychology, electronic engineering, sociology, clinical sciences, education, design and fine art.
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