John Waterworth

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Professor, senior


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Umeå universitet , SE-901 87 Umeå , Sverige

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MIT-huset, Campustorget 5, A484


+46 90 786 67 31


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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.

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Tjostheim, Ingvar
Leister, Wolfgang
Waterworth, John

Telepresence and the role of the senses



Waterworth, John
Chignell, Mark
Moller, Henry; et al.

Presence and human development: age-specific variations in presence and their implications for the design of life-enhancing interactive applications



Moller, Henry
Chignell, Mark
Waterworth, John

Using the Senses to Make sense: From Aesthetics to Ethics
Proceedings of Presence 2018



Danielsson, Karin
Lindgren, Helena
Mulvenna, Maurice; et al.

Digital technology in healthcare and elderly care



Waterworth, John

The effects of ICT based training on cognition and well-being among healthy older people



Waterworth, John
Hoshi, Kei

Human-experiential design of presence in everyday blended reality: living in the here and now



Waterworth, John
Waterworth, Eva
Alvarez, Paula; et al.

What do Elderly Users Want and Need from Fitness Technologies?: Findings from the ELF@Home Project



Ballesteros, Soledad
Mayas, Julia
Prieto, Antonio; et al.

A randomized controlled trial of brain training with non-action video games in older adults: results of the 3-month follow-up
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7



Waterworth, John
Lindh Waterworth, Eva
Riva, Giuseppe; et al.

Presence: form, content and consciousness



Riva, Giuseppe
Mantovani, Fabiizia
Lindh Waterworth, Eva; et al.

Intention, action, self and other: an evolutionary model of presence



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