UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 6th December: Suzanne Martin, University of Ulster -  Involving users in novel research from concept to implementation isn’t rocket science!
Suzanne Martin, University of Ulster

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 6th December: Suzanne Martin, University of Ulster - Involving users in novel research from concept to implementation isn’t rocket science!

Abstract

To achieve impact the ultimate aim of novel technical research and development must therefore be to create usable solutions for real world environments. New and innovative technologies have the potential to enable choice, dignity and person centered care for people living with complex neurological conditions. Primarily, research in this field has been undertaken within the laboratory environment with non-disabled populations. However, people with disabilities are able and want to engage in this type of research. This seminar will present research which has been systemically person-centred, adopting an iterative user centred design approach, working closely with an array of invested stakeholders. User centered design aims to reduce device abandonment, improve quality, increase user acceptance and enhance the usability of the device. Delivering this ambition within the reality of ethical governance stipulations and requirements of funding agencies can be challenging. This scenario based seminar will aim to stimulate thinking on authentic user engagement.

Biography

Suzanne Martin is Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster. She is an Occupational Therapist by profession with 15 years clinical experience prior to moving to the University. Her research focus is on new and emerging technologies within Health and Social Care. Suzanne is Chair of the Research and Development Board of the College of Occupational Therapists and is also currently a Council member. In addition, Suzanne is a member of the Office of Research Ethics Committee Northern Ireland (ORECNI) and a trainer and contributor to the Cochrane library.

Suzanne has successfully led a range of EU and Nationally funded research projects to develop new devices and services to support people living with a disability at home. Currently she is focusing on Brain Neural Computer Interfaces (BNCI) and outcome measurement tools for electronic assistive technologies. She also leads on the Health Sciences contribution to the Translational Research and Innovation living (TRAIL) lab living lab and currently leads on Connected Health theme for the Institute of Nursing and Health Research.