14th May 2021
Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.
Ageing is associated with increased feelings and experiences of loneliness and social isolation. Research shows that loneliness can be a particular issue for older Australians who live in rural and remote areas such as Tasmania. Health promotion interventions aimed at reducing social isolation in the elderly suggest that interventions where individuals are required to actively participate are more effective than passive interventions.
This innovative project seeks to assess the extent to which a novel technological intervention “CompanionBot” can help reduce the prevalence of social isolation and loneliness for elders. The project seeks to use a novel combination of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things to track an older person’s movement and patterns of daily activities in their home to provide early detection of social isolation and reduce loneliness through conversational engagement with an AI-powered conversational bot. This study will offer an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of technological interventions with older groups in rural areas to address social isolation and loneliness using both an empirical and qualitative framework.
This project will be based at the Newnham Campus, Launceston, TAS.
See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree
Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.
Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.
Please contact, Winyu Chinthammit for further information.