Emotional Factors in Technology Development

Seminar/Forum

Emotional Factors in Technology Development

The effective utilisation of technology depends on the adoption and appropriation of the technology by a wide-range of stakeholders, with a range of abilities and motivations. The emotional aspects of interaction with the technology are important but are routinely ignored by software engineers. This talk makes a case for considering the emotional experience when designing and implementing technology. It describes research projects where emotional factors have been taken into consideration for software for healthcare applications, including a screening test for depression patients, a system to promote recovery and self-management for patients recovering from paranoia, helping people with sleep disorders, and emergency well-being checks for elderly people living on their own. It also covers a current ARC project where the approach has been used to inform the development of AskIzzy which presents services for the homeless.

Presenter

  • Professor Leon Sterling
    Professor Leon Sterling, The University of Melbourne