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Senior Professor John Waterworth coordinates and conducts research under the Q-Life rubric, exploring ways in which ICT can be used to enhance quality of life and health.
Research projects are listed on the Q-Life website.
Q-Life works to explore ways in which ICT can be used to enhance quality of life and health. My own research takes a psychological perspective and focuses on the subjective reality of living with information technology. Some technical areas of focus: speech interaction, hypermedia, information exploration, experiential/embodied interaction, virtual and augmented environments. Some human aspects: sense of presence, emotion and embodiment, experience of time-in-passing, memory and attention, creativity, ageing.
I have been doing interaction research since 1980, looking at people interacting with computers and using other communication devices - how they do it and what effects it has - a field that is sometimes called HCI research. I have carried out this research in the UK (1980-1988), in Singapore (1988-1994) and here at Umeå University Sweden (since 1994). Between 2000 and 2006 I also worked at the Interactive Institute studio in Umeå.
See my publications via the tab above. Recent books include: "Human-experiential design of presence in everyday blended reality : living in the here and now", co-authored with Kei Hoshi and published in the Springer HCI Series; and "Feeling present in the physical world and in computer-mediated environments", co-authored with Giuseppe Riva and published by Palgrave. I have published many book chapters over the years and papers in the following journals and conferences, amongst others:
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
Interacting with Computers
New Ideas in Psychology
Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Cyberpsychology and Behavior
International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
Behaviour and Information Technology
ACM SIGCHI conference
British Psychological Society Annual Conference
I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology, and I am a Chartered Psychologist of the BPS. My professional experience includes consulting for many commercial and governmental organisations.