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Case Studies of Living Lab Engagements in Northern Ireland

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Mulvenna, Maurice, Martin, Suzanne, Galbraith, Brendan, Wallace, Jonathan and Cleland, Brian (2011) Case Studies of Living Lab Engagements in Northern Ireland. In: eChallenges e-2011 Conference, Florence, Italy. IIMC International Information Management Corporation. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This paper considers a Living Lab based in Northern Ireland, and describes specific examples of how the Living Lab approach can support community-orientated research and innovation activities. Some background information is given on the Living Lab concept and on the particular rationale for the TRAIL initiative in the context of Northern Ireland. Three case studies are described, the first two on care provision for ageing people, and the last on digital tools for eParticipation. The importance of understanding the specific needs of night-time care is highlighted, and a requirement is identified for further research into this area. The challenges of developing reminiscence systems that are usable by older people are discussed. Some of the specific and complex usability issues faced by designers of these systems are described, including the attitudes of older people to technology and a wide range of age-related physical impairments. In both studies the point is made that innovation in care provision can help both those with chronic diseases and their carers. The Parterre eParticipation Project is also described, along with a discussion of planned pilots for specific toolsets. Future plans for the TRAIL lab are outlined and potential areas for future research are identified.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Ulster Business School
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:22318
Deposited By:Professor Maurice Mulvenna
Deposited On:12 Jun 2012 09:52
Last Modified:25 Oct 2012 15:57

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