The Q-LIFE Research Group

Q-Life explores new ways in which information technologies can be designed and applied to enhance health and life quality for a wide range of individuals: in everyday life, in clinical settings and in other specific circumstances.

Q-Life is coordinated by Professor John Waterworth.

Our work is intrinsically multi-disciplinary, drawing on interaction research, design, science, technology, innovation and social concerns. We work closely with many local organisations, for example those concerned with the needs of groups such as the elderly, the mentally or physically disabled, care organisations and companies, as well as many international collaborators.

We believe that without technology we are not human, and that information technology can change lives - for better and for worse. While some information technology has had a role in creating seemingly intractable and growing problems in modern society, appropriate technology also has a huge potential to improve such common conditions as stress, depression, loneliness, anxiety, age-related dementia, physical and social isolation, and self-destructive lifestyles.

We seek to make radical innovations that have a positive impact on the quality of life of the people who use them. And we promote and support user-led innovation to achieve that aim.

We want to contribute to a future where technological innovation is applied constructively to engage with and address problems, rather than the current default approach of applying pharmaceutical and technological fixes unquestioningly.

More generally, we are interested in how technology can be used to create life-enhancing experiences and ways of being: intellectual, emotional, practical, artistic, social and spiritual.

Research projects

Platforms for Ageing Community Engagement - Exchange and Enterprise

elderly sELF-care based on sELF-check of health conditions and sELF-fitness at hom

User-sensitive home-based systems for successful ageing in a networked society

Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration

uSIng noveL information and communication tecHnologies fOr the sUpport of Elderly's acTive parTicipation in the information society

Competitive Health Services
eHealth Solutions across the Northern Periphery

Earlier projects (carried out as part of the Interactive Institute)

EPOCH (FP6 Network of Excellence on ICT and cultural heritage) EU IST 2004-2008. IST-2002-507382.

ENGAGE (FP5 Coordination Action on designing for emotion) EU IST 2004-2007. IST-2002-510998.

EMMA (FET STREP on Engaging Media for Mental Health Applications), 2002-2005. IST-2001-39192.

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John Waterworth
Department of Informatics
901 87 Umeå Sweden 

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Tel:  46 90 786 6731

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