My research interests lie in exploring software engineering
for the betterment of society, in particular healthy ageing. My current focus (on the SAMS project) is on the early detection of mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases,
such as Alzheimer’s disease, to enable earlier treatment and better quality of
life. This is achieved through passive, opportunistic monitoring of computer users.
Software captures participants’ interactions with their computers, for example
collecting: mouse movement and key presses, application interactions, text
analysis etc. Detecting dementia earlier can lead to improving the long term
outcome of (e.g.) Alzheimer disease, and earlier treatment of other disorders
such as depression, anxiety and other underlying medical conditions. Going
forward I will be exploring the broad area of healthy ageing, specifically from
a computer science and software engineering perspective. I have a strong
interest in applying various techniques to complex problems in the Healthy
Ageing field, and thrive in collaborative scenarios.
My PhD research explored the education of software engineers
using a studio-based approach. This thread of research was grounded in
transferring knowledge of design education (architecture, product design, art
etc.) into a software engineering context. This also relates to a broad
interest of collaboration in software development teams.
I am a digital innovation researcher (Ph.D. student), and
part of the first cohort of the HighWire DTC. My background is in Computer
Science and Software Engineering, and I have been immersed in cross-discipline research
during the PhD and research positions since. I have a wide and varied interest
in computer science and software engineering including healthcare technologies,
healthy ageing, HCI, collaborative technologies, interactive systems, and software