School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

HCI to support intelligent healthcare for chronic diseases

Supervisor: Prof Paul Curzon

Research group(s): Cognitive Science, Theory

The PAMBAYESIAN project is developing decision support for patients with chronic diseases based on intelligent sensor networks. Examples of chronic diseases include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and atrial fibrillation. Critical to the success of such support is to understand the context for patients and clinicians and design for their actual needs. This research would involve understanding the lives and needs of people with chronic diseases and designing and evaluating prototype support for such diseases, using wide ranging techniques including interviews, observation and experimental studies working with patients, carers, charity professionals and clinicians. Key needs may include support around managing pain, fatigue and depression as well as with coping with everyday life. The researcher will need a strong interaction design or usability engineering background.