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Dr Aisling O'Kane

Dr Aisling O'Kane

Dr Aisling O'Kane
BASc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction for Health

Area of research

Understanding the Use of Health and Wellbeing Technologies in the Wild

Office 3.39
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5142

Research summary

My research focuses on understanding how health and wellbeing technologies are used (and not used!) in the wild. I employ qualitative and participatory design approaches to studies of interactive technologies such as fitness apps, medical devices, and wearable technologies. Past and current studies include the examination of the use of Type 1 Diabetes devices, mobile phone apps for running, wearables in the gym, hearing aids, and high tech wearable baby monitors. I have also started to examine the practices and the trends of people designing, building and sharing do-it-yourself health and wellbeing technologies, particularly for Type 1 Diabetes.

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I am a Senior Lecturer of Human-Computer Interaction for Health in the Bristol Interaction Group and Digital Health Engineering Group. I am the Deputy Director of EPSRC CDT in Digital Health and Care. I am Co-I on SPHERE Next Steps and PI on InnovateUK ML4Diabetes. My interests are in the real world use of technologies to support health, wellbeing, and care outside of clinical settings.

Before starting at Bristol in August 2017, I was an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at University College London. I received my PhD in Computer Science from University College London, my MSc in Interactive Systems ...

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • Elsden, C, O'Kane, A, Marshall, P, Durrant, A, Fleck, R, Rooksby, J & Lupton, D, 2017, ‘Quantified data & social relationships’. in: CHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 644-651
  • Temir, E, O'Kane, AA, Marshall, P & Blandford, A, 2016, ‘Running: A flexible situated study’. in: CHI EA 2016: #chi4good - Extended Abstracts, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 2906-2914

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