Senior Professor John Waterworth coordinates the Q-Life research group, exploring ways in which ICT can be used to enhance quality of life and health, often by designing and developing working prototypes and testing them in use. For emerging technology to be worth having, it must match the nature and needs of individual people. We believe that technological innovation has the potential to improve lives, if designed and introduced appropriately.
John has been doing interaction research since 1980, looking at people interacting with computers and using other communication devices - how they do it and what effects it has - a field that is sometimes called HCI research. He has worked in the UK (1980-1988), in Singapore (1988-1994) and here at Umeå University Sweden (since 1994). Between 2000 and 2006 he also worked at the Interactive Institute studio in Umeå.
His research takes a psychological perspective and focuses on the subjective reality of living with information technology. Some technical areas of focus: speech interaction, hypermedia, information exploration, experiential/embodied interaction, virtual and augmented environments. Some human aspects: sense of presence, emotion and embodiment, experience of time-in-passing, memory and attention, creativity, ageing.
Professor Waterworth has a PhD in Experimental Psychology, and is a Chartered Psychologist of the BPS. His professional experience includes consulting for many commercial and governmental organisations.