Development of a self-reflective ‘Magic Triangle’ tool

This project aims to develop a self-assessment tool for people suffering from stress and related effects, to support optimal coping strategies and better resilience long-term.  You would be working with researchers from University of York and Teesside University, gaining experience in Human-Computer Interaction, visualisation of data and healthcare technology (mental health).

The team would like to explore ways to adapt the “Magic-Triangle” tool (https://maxfacts.uk/help/magic-triangle) for use with people suffering from stress.  The current tool is a prototype self-assessment tool originally developed for maxillofacial surgery patients, but with potential to be used for other areas of healthcare assessment.

In addition, the existing tool currently provides users with a numerical (percentage) summary of their session.  The project will explore creative, meaningful ways for users to engage with and reflect on the results (e.g., through using different visualisations and/or narrative summaries).

Required Skills

We are looking for one student for this project.

Essential Skills:

  • Prior experience of developing design ideas and implementing them
  • Knowledge and experience of Javascript
  • Knowledge and experience of user-centred design processes, which will be necessary to ensure that the resulting tool is able to provide meaningful outputs to users 
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge, or interest in, research on stress
  • Interest in technical management of content and design decisions

How to Apply

For more details on the summer school application process (including eligibility and funding) please go here: https://digitalcreativity.ac.uk/news/dc-labs-summer-school-2021  

If you would like to ask any informal questions about the research project, please contact Dr Jo Iacovides jo.iacovides@york.ac.uk 

For questions about the programme, logistics etc, please contact Ella Eyre, DC Labs Administrator, on enquiries@digitalcreativity.ac.uk  

Supervisors

Dr Angelika Sebald – York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA), University of York

Dr Sarah Allen – Psychology Department, Teesside University 

Dr Jo Iacovides – Computer Science, University of York