School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

We envision Florence as a personal assistant for someone living with dementia and for their carers.

Through this project, we aim to be a step change in communication for people living with dementia.  We want to provide an example for others on the design of technology that truly empowers and enables the person to live a meaningful, everyday life.

To deliver this vision, we are:

  • creating a language bank for a person
  • creating an intelligent assistant
  • establishing a platform for the creation of technology in this context

Philosophies we consider important:

  • the technology we design and build is for people
  • we seek to adopt a true vision of calm computing

Co-design

We have adopted a co-design (participatory design) approach to the development of Florence, where the people we are building this technology to assist become part of our design and development team.

Our reference group will consist of people who are either living with dementia or people who support those who live with dementia.  They will guide us throughout the life of the project by being part of the decisions we make about: the methods we use, and the technology we develop.

This community includes our team, which we feel is developing in a way to effectively support the achievement of our objectives.  The effective development of this type of technology can only be achieved through a multi-disciplinary team that understands how to function across the inherent boundaries.

Who to talk to about this project

If you would just like more information about our project or the studies that we are currently conducting, please feel free to contact:

Jacki Liddle
Email: j.liddle@uq.edu.au
Phone: 07 3365 9765

Help us with our research

We have a number of research studies that are currently running. For some of those studies, we are also currently looking for people who would be interested in participating in those studies.

 

 

 

Project Newsletters

January 2018
Newsletter Jan 2018

October 2018
Newsletter Oct 2018