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KESS 2 East Research Masters: USE OF GAMIFICATION AND AI TECHNIQUES TO MOTIVATE HEALTHY LIVING ACTIVITIES AMONGST CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES


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  Dr Marius Miknis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to develop technology which could lead to entirely new approaches in the use of gamification to help children with disabilities.

The selected candidate will apply their computer games development skills and ambition to create a product that will help with the management and engagement of children with their care plan. The project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of gamification research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The MbyRes will be associated with the Wales Institute of Digital Information.

The project is backed by Enrich My Care https://www.enrichmycare.com)

Programme of research:

The compliance with exercises and medication plans is crucial to the prognosis of the disability. However, it is always challenging to effectively gain compliance, particularly when the child and the young person is expected to follow the management plan regularly. Furthermore, the parent and child relationship does make it harder to gain consistent cooperation from the child. Currently, the reporting of the compliance to these programs is anecdotal, based on feedback from parents and teachers. This has impacted the ability to gain precise data resulting in gaps in knowledge.

The project will develop a remote monitoring platform to helps closely monitor the child’s progress with exercises, splints and medications. The child & family would be able to track their exercise, splint and medication plans via mobile app logging them regularly to capture data and develop validation on treatment plans. Furthermore, the children and young people would be motivated to carry out the exercises regularly with gamification tools.

Studentship:

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11.8k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

Eligibility of Student:

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:

·      have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration.

·      have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.

·      be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.

·      satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff/ Newport/ Monmouthshire/ Powys/ Wrexham/ Flintshire

Qualifications and experience:

Eligible applicants will:

 1.      Have a degree (2i or higher) in an computing discipline

2.      Possess a reasonable understanding of computer gamification concepts

 3.      Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new skills and techniques

 4.      Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills

 5.      Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings

 6.      Be willing to travel and work in both virtual and community settings

 

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package

 For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: [Email Address Removed] Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Marius Miknis ([Email Address Removed]).

Closing date for applications: midnight Monday the 29th of August 2022

Interviews will be held w/c (TBC)


Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.
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