I am currently running a research networking project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to try and help improve the health and well-being of people living in rural communities in India through the establishment of a multidisciplinary international collaboration and the application of user-led design research methods such as ‘design thinking’.
Key collaborators in the project are the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India; Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospital, Wayanad, India; the Centre for eHealth and Care Technology at the University of Agder, Norway; and the Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
I recently gave a keynote speech at the Higher Education Academy conference on creativity in STEM education, on integrating ideas from ‘design thinking’ into the STEM curricula. You can also find details on twitter under #HEASTEM18
I presented some of my new research work on ‘Real-time Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability Measures to Track and Help Improve Levels of Attention and Relaxation’ at the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference in Singapore in June.
I gave a talk at the end of June on ‘Community Creativity in Venture Creation’ at the Singapore government’s commercial arm of their Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) – Exploit Technologies
I was recently invited to give a talk on ‘Integrating design ideas into
the creative curricula’ at the ‘Creativity in STEM Education’ Higher Education Academy event held at Imperial College London in June.
I gave a talk in June on “Applying User-Led Design Methods for Improving Healthcare in Developing Countries” at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) engagement event, hosted by the British Academy and Research Councils UK at the British Academy in London.
I am currently involved in a seven month project to develop a production ready version of the Trauma Pack to meet the needs of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The aim is to make the Trauma Pack available for deployment in large-scale humanitarian emergencies. The work is supported by the Wales Life Sciences Bridging Fund.
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.