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Creativity to Design and Support Care for People with Dementia




Speaker: Prof. Neil Maiden

Creativity techniques and software support tools have the potential to be applied successfully to a wide range of problems. In the EU-funded FP7 Mirror project we are working with the UK Registered Nursing Home Association to apply creativity to the design and delivery of new tools to improve the care for people with dementia. Our focus has been to support the care staff in residential homes.

This seminar will report two uses of creativity in this domain. The first is the use of creativity techniques such as improvisation and role play to engage and empower care staff in the design of new mobile technologies and apps that can improve their care of residents. The second is the design and implementation of a new mobile app intended to support care staff to think creatively to overcome challenging situations. Care staff can use the app to generate more novel, person-centred resolutions to these situations based on different creativity techniques that it supports. The seminar will also describe how this creativity support app can be used along side other tools also under development, such as a life history app and digital rummage box running on portable tablets.

About the Speaker: Neil Maiden is Professor of Systems Engineering, Head of the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design and academic lead of the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University London. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects including SIMP, CREWS, BANKSEC, SeCSE, APOSDLE, TRACEBACK, S-Cube, MIRROR and CHOReOS, with a total value of £2.5million.
His research interests include establishing the requirements for complex socio-technical systems, scenario-based design, service-oriented systems and cloud computing, goal modelling, and technology-enhanced creative design. He also investigates new ways of delivering results from these research areas into practice.

Neil has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004. He is on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Software and Requirements Engineering Journal and a former member of the Editorial Board for IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering. He is also the Editor of the IEEE Software's Requirements column. His details are available here

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6.00pm - 7.30pmTuesday 31st January 2012

AG01 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice

Cass Business School
City University London
106 Bunhill Row
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7040 8400

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