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Study level

PhD

Research Masters

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

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Supervisors

Associate Professor Peta Wyeth
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Bernd Ploderer
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

The aim of this project is to design interactive technology with children that helps them to better understand emotions in themselves and in other children and to regulate them appropriately.

As part of life, children are exposed to new events and experiences such as their first day at school, moving house or the birth of a sibling. Children may be frightened and upset by these new experiences and express their distress in a number of ways such as crying, withdrawing, or clingy behaviour. However, children can learn to manage (self-regulate) their feelings and behaviours, which contributes to young children’s growing independence and allows them to become more skilled in their relationships with children and adults.

We are particularly interested in designing technologies with children that allow children to learn about their emotions in a playful way. Furthermore, we want to harness wearable technology that collect biosignals like heartrate, skin conductivity and movement.

Research activities

This project will involve:

  • participatory design activities with children in a primary school setting
  • prototyping of interactive technologies, e.g., with Arduino, wearable and mobile apps
  • evaluation of prototypes with children in a primary school setting, using ethnographic techniques like participant observation and interviews.

Outcomes

Innovative interactive technology prototypes that engage children with their own emotional state and make them more aware of other children's emotions.

Skills and experience

We encourage students with strong skills in human-computer interaction and interaction design, i.e. in user research and prototyping with IoT platforms (e.g., Arduino) to apply.

Prior experience in working with children in primary school is desirable.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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