PIPIN (Promoting Independence through Personalized INteractive technologies) is a cross-disciplinary research network funded by the University of Sheffield Digital World cross-cutting theme, which is a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary theme covering the development, use and impact of digital technologies in a range of different disciplines and user environments, including health, society, the arts, and humanities.
The societal and economic challenges posed by population ageing are well-documented. Improvements in public health, diagnostics, treatment and care are resulting in an extended lifespan for many people including those with long term disabling conditions. This longevity is creating increased demand for health and social care services which is set to escalate. It is therefore both necessary and desirable (from economic, societal and individual perspectives) to help people to retain independence and foster their participation in society rather than encouraging dependency and reliance upon statutory provision. Use of digital technologies is one important means of achieving this. The growing opportunities presented by new technologies combined with the digitalisation of the region is the focus of this network.
The following core themes underpin network activities:-
Project 1: Adaptive lifestyle monitoring
Doctoral Student: Sandipan Pal
Supervisors: Dr Charith Abhayaratne (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) and Prof. Mark Hawley (School of Health and Related Research)
Project 2: Interaction with PALS (Personal Adaptive Listening Systems)
Doctoral Student: Iñigo Casanueva
Supervisors: Prof. Phil Green (Computer Science) and Prof. Bill Wells (Human Communication Sciences)
Project 3: What makes an assistive technology in the home invaluable or alternatively abandoned?
Doctoral Student: Mark Hawker
Supervisors: Dr Bridgette Wessels (Sociological Studies), Prof. Gail Mountain (School of Health and Related Research)