I spent a few days at the University of Agder in October together with the research team at the Centre for eHealth and Care Technologies discussing usability research and user centred design challenges and opportunities in the context of eHealth.
I recently secured a 3-year contract (as part of my work at the Centre for Creativity) to provide training on management and business innovation for organisations across Wales. The training is part of the Leading Business Growth programme, jointly run by Bangor University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
I recently completed a technical feasibility project (as part of my work at the Centre for Creativity) part-funded by Innovate UK showing that it is possible to track and improve attention and relaxation levels in real-time using biofeedback of heart rate variability (HRV) measures. The software solution I developed, together with Dimitrios Zampelis, runs on an iPhone and communicates wirelessly in real-time with ‘Bluetooth smart’ heart rate monitors such as the Mio Alpha 2 and Mio Fuse watches.
You can see more details on the results of the study on the Centre for Creativity website.
I recently started a new project at the Centre for Creativity to design, develop and evaluate a new way of using biofeedback of a person’s heart rate to track their own attention and relaxation levels and to help train and improve their levels of relaxed focus, sometimes referred to as ‘flow’ and ‘mindfulness’. The hope is that such a solution could be used to help children suffering from attention deficit disorders, but could have applications in much wider areas of use.
The project will run from September 2015 to March 2016 and is funded by Innovate UK.
We (Spencer Jordan and I) had some nice press coverage on the recent location-based mobile app that we developed showcasing eight World War 1 stories from Grangetown, Cardiff.
Sangeet Bhullar launched the findings of a large scale research project undertaken by WISE KIDS, called Generation 2000 that studied the online and digital media habits and digital literacy of over 2000 Year 9 pupils 13 and 14) from across Wales.
“The research led by WISE KIDS and co-funded by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Logicalis and S4C explored young people’s online experiences in a social and educational context.”
My role was to help in the research planning and data analysis.
Congratulations to Baz Dhaliwal and the Rikoset team for getting the limb shield patent granted – patent number GB2484570
Details of the patent can be found on the Intellectual Property Office website
People’s Journeys is a new collaborative project being undertaken by Gareth Loudon and Dr. Spencer Jordan from Cardiff Met exploring how mobile technology can address issues of alienation and estrangement within our cities, specifically through the spatial mapping of community ‘teithiau’ or ‘journeys’. The project is funded by the Creative Exchange Wales Network.
You can see more details on the project and Spencer’s other work at:
Some photos from the weeklong course I recently ran for Norwegian PhD students on research planning at the Metochi Study Centre in Lesbos, Greece.
I presented a new model for supporting creativity called our LCD (Listen, Connect, Do) Model at the R&D Management Conference in Stuttgart in June 2014. The model builds on the ideas of Design Thinking by Kelley et al at IDEO and on Theory U by Scharmer at MIT. You can find more details on these ideas at: http://www.centreforcreativity.co.uk/project/lcd-model/