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Principles for fostering the transdisciplinary development of assistive technologies

Boger, J., Jackson, P., Mulvenna, M., Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., Mihailidis, A., Kontos, P., Miller Polgar, J., Grigorovich, A. and Martin, S. (2016) Principles for fostering the transdisciplinary development of assistive technologies. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 1748-3107.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Developing useful and usable assistive technologies often presents complex (or “wicked”) challenges that require input from multiple disciplines and sectors. Transdisciplinary collaboration can enable holistic understanding of challenges that may lead to innovative, impactful and transformative solutions. This paper presents generalised principles that are intended to foster transdisciplinary assistive technology development. The paper introduces the area of assistive technology design before discussing general aspects of transdisciplinary collaboration followed by an overview of relevant concepts, including approaches, methodologies and frameworks for conducting and evaluating transdisciplinary working and assistive technology design. The principles for transdisciplinary development of assistive technologies are presented and applied post hoc to the COACH project, an ambient-assisted living technology for guiding completion of activities of daily living by older adults with dementia as an illustrative example. Future work includes the refinement and validation of these principles through their application to real-world transdisciplinary assistive technology projects.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assistive technology, collaboration, innovation, principles, transdisciplinarity
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry > RC512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC521 Dementia
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM950 Rehabilitation technology
Creators: Boger, Jennifer, Jackson, Piper, Mulvenna, Maurice, Sixsmith, Judith, Sixsmith, Andrew, Mihailidis, Alex, Kontos, Pia, Miller Polgar, Janice, Grigorovich, Alisa and Martin, Suzanne
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Ageing Research Centre
Date: 7 April 2016
Date Type: Published Online
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Language: English
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2016.1151953
ISSN: 1748-3107
Status: Published / Disseminated
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/8209

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