Self-Monitoring, Ability-Reactive Technology For People With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Lilit Hakobyan
Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

 Date:  30th October 2012 (Tuesday)
 Time: 14:00 - 15:00
 Venue: MB549

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the UK’s leading cause of severe visual impairment amongst the elderly. It accounts for 16,000 blind/partial sight registrations per year and is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 55 years and older in western countries. Our ultimate goal is to develop an assistive mobile application to support accurate and convenient diet data collection on which basis to then provide customised dietary advice and recommendations in order to help support individuals with AMD to mitigate their ongoing risk and retard the progression of the disease. The focus of this talk is on our knowledge elicitation activities conducted to help us achieve a deep and relevant understanding of our target user group. We report on qualitative findings from focus groups and observational studies with persons with AMD and interviews with domain experts which enable us to fully appreciate the impact that technology may have on our intended users as well as to inform the design and structure of our proposed mobile assistive application. This work was also the subject of a paper presented at the recent BCS HCI conference, for which I will provide a brief overview.

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