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PhD position within the visuAAL Marie SkƗodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network: Application of behavioural change theory to the design, development and implementation of camera systems to support home-based multiple chronic disease (multimorbidity) self-management


visuAAL Marie SkƗodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

About the Project

visuAAL is a four-year (2020-2024) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network, funded by the European Union, that aims at bridging the knowledge gap between users’ requirements and the appropriate and secure use of video-based AAL technologies to deliver effective and supportive care to older adults managing their health and wellbeing.

visuAAL will seek to increase awareness and understanding of the context-specific ethical, legal, privacy and societal issues necessary to implement visual system across hospital, home and community settings, in a manner that protects and reassures users; outputs will stimulate the development of a new research perspective for constructively addressing privacy-aware video-based working solutions for assisted living.

visuAAL will provide a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral combination of training, nonacademic placements, courses and workshops on scientific and complementary skills to 15 high achieving Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). These newly hired ESRs will contribute through their individual research projects to fulfil visuAAL's aims.

visuAAL brings together 5 universities:
• Chair of Communication Science, Human-Computer Interaction Center, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
• The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI), Stockholm University, Sweden
• The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
• Computer Vision Lab, TU Wien, Austria
• Department of Computing Technology, Universidad de Alicante, Spain (Project Coordinator)

This Consortium is complemented by 14 partner organizations from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom; that will contribute to the research and training activities.

For more information about visuAAL, see https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/

Project title:

Application of behavioural change theory to the design, development and implementation of camera systems to support home-based multiple chronic disease (multimorbidity) self-management.

Objectives:

Understanding of the application of behavioural change theory to the design, development and implementation (including potential privacy and ethical concerns) of camera systems to support multiple disease self-management (multimorbidity) to our knowledge has not yet been addressed in research literature. The objectives of this PhD Project will be to 1) conduct a systematic review of how behavioural change theory has been used to inform the development and use of visual/video solutions for home based chronic disease management. 2) Use the Behavioural Change Wheel (BCW) framework to determine behavioural targets, functions and techniques to enhance our understanding of how best to facilitate adoption of camera based interventions in the home environment for multimorbidity self- management.

Expected Results:

Outcomes from this PhD will seek to advance understanding to which behavioural targets, functions and techniques should be considered in the future design, development and implementation of camera technologies within the home environment to support multimorbidity disease management. In addition, this research will aim to answer questions relating to which behaviour change strategies will be the most appropriate to address end-users privacy and ethical concerns for camera use within the home.

Supervisory Committee:

• Main Supervisor: Dr John Dinsmore (Trinity College Dublin)
• Second Supervisor: Prof. M. Zeifle (RWTH AACHEN)
• Co-Supervisor: Prof Anne-Marie Brady (Trinity College Dublin)
• Advisors: Dr Julie Doyle (Dundalk Institute of Technology), Evert Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS Bologna)

Planned secondment(s):

• Secondment 1: Dundalk Institute of Technology (Supervisor: Dr Julie Doyle), M18- M20: Application of behaviour change theory to video monitoring within the Irish context.
• Secondment 2: AIAS Bologna. (Supervisor: Evert Jan Hoogerwerf), M31-M33: Application of behaviour change theory to video monitoring within the Italian context.

Enrolment in Doctoral degree(s):

Doctoral Programme in Health Psychology, Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College.

How to apply?

Submit your application to https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/esr-vacancies. Please, ensure that you select vacancy number ESR8.

Information:

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