Welcome to THAW
THAW is a project focused on developing technology to support good mental health in later life and aims to address some of the main challenges around improving mental health amongst the elderly by increasing availability and accessibility of technology for this segment of the population.
Projects and supervisors
The PhD students and their supervisors will form a network that will be run on a whole project model, whereby the whole team will meet regularly to discuss network progress and plan the future work. The students will also benefit from the University of Sheffield Doctoral Development Programme, which provides a cohesive training plan for cross-Faculty PhD students. The students will be located together and will interact with other CATCH researchers as well as students within the host departments. The students will be encouraged to present their findings at national and international conferences and to publish in high-quality, international journals.
The three interrelated projects will generate results and outputs that will have a lasting and significant impact on the provision of mental health support for the ageing population.
Affective computing to support good mental health in later life.
This project will examine the user requirements for developing and delivering new tailored digital interventions to older people in their own homes. Affective computing and gamification will provide a framework for making online and other digitally delivered interventions more user-friendly and acceptable, which is particularly important for older users.
Matthew Bennion DipHe BEng (Hons) MSc
Dr Abigail Millings, CATCH & Department of Psychology
Dr Daniela Romano, Department of Computer Science