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  • Voice North - VOICENorth is a large panel of more than 1,500 members of the public. Volunteers in the group participate in focus groups, workshops and questionnaires to refine and suggest new ways of developing services and technology.

  • E-Health and Older Adults - People are increasingly looking for health information online. But what you find on the internet isn’t always the most reliable diagnosis.

  • Helix Arts - SiDE is working with the creative charity Helix Arts to explore how new forms of digital technology can help more people get involved in arts activities, from video editing to creative writing.

  • Open Movement Sensors - How can we get an accurate idea of what a person is doing at a given moment in time?

  • Privacy In Mobiles - Are mobile phone users aware of the potential privacy issues of storing and sharing information online? And would anything change if they were?

  • PosterVote - PosterVote is a cheap and simple tool that allows activists to gauge opinion without extensive canvassing.

  • Driver Distraction - Researchers from SiDE’s transport team are laying the groundwork for these systems by investigating the impact of distraction on individual drivers, putting volunteers through their paces in a professional driving simulator.

  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation - SiDE has conducted research that indicates that younger drivers tend to speed more on roads with higher speed limits, while older drivers have problems regulating their speed on roads with 20-40mph restrictions.

  • Social Networking For Older Adults - While social networking platforms such as Facebook have made it easier to communicate with friends and family, there’s evidence of a digital divide between young and old.

  • Cinehack - Cinehack is a place to share low-cost technology and tips for those shooting films, documentaries and live events on a budget.

  • Net Assets - Net Assets is a study of how digital technologies might be used to tackle social issues in many different ways. The project is led by the Regional Youth Work Unit, and gives young people the opportunity to engage in the political campaign of their choice.

  • DIY Assistive Technology - Assistive technology can be hugely beneficial for people with disabilities. But off-the-shelf products can take a long time to arrive, can be expensive, and may not be adapted to the needs of the individual.

  • Skype Seniors - Can video technology such as Skype enable older people to pass on their knowledge to students in an engaging way?

  • Open Movement - OpenMovement is a collection of opensource hardware sensors and software tools for research use.

  • Privacy In Mobile Phones - Mobile phones are pervasive in our everyday lives. Increasingly, such devices are gathering, storing, processing and communicating personal, and often sensitive information to facilitate a wide range of assistive tasks, such as route navigation.

  • Google Glass for Parkinson's Disease - Researchers at Newcastle University are investigating how Google Glass' features can offer support to sufferers of Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition which affects up to 10 million people worldwide.

  • Position papers - Research is focussed on a systematic literature review of the Smart Home concept (business-related issues) and a comparison of theoretical perspectives on smart homes vs. the business model approach.

  • Personhood In Dementia - SiDE is working with people with early-stage dementia to see how items can restore a sense of self by restoring memories of the past, of their interests and their personality.

  • Future Options Pack - SiDE is collaborating on a project initiated by the young people of the Regional Youth Work Unit’s Youth Advisory Board.

  • In-Vehicle System for Older Drivers - The aim of this research is to support older drivers’ continued mobility through application of emerging digital technologies.

  • Impacts of cessation of driving - Chris Emmerson will undertake a major survey of older drivers using the SIDE User Pools coordinated by Dundee and Newcastle.

  • Regional Transport Smart card - The POP card - In January 2009, Prof Phil Blythe chaired a workshop at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland which launched the concept of NESTI (North East Smart Ticketing Initiative).

  • Surfaces, tabletops and digital easels - SiDE has particular expertise in the design and development of interactive surfaces and tabletops (hardware and software).

  • The Lovers’ Box - SiDE is seeking to achieve a deeper understanding of the potential of digital technologies to truly “connect” people.

  • KTP project success for Prof Feng Li and Business and Decisions Ltd -

  • Cognitive Modelling - SiDE is working with Carnegie Mellon University and the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York to study how age-related issues such as reduced vision, cognitive and motor skills affect how older users behave on computers.

  • Reminiscence Room - Using one of the quiet rooms in the facility, researchers created a interactive "Reminiscence Room" to support communication between residents with chronic dementia and their families and staff members.

  • Social care policy and digital technologies - The Society Perspective is developing a suite of work focusing on caring practices at home and in communities.

  • Music in the Household - Much has been written about how the digital economy can transform people’s lives; change the relationships among individuals and society through the growing and constantly changing ecosystem of ICTs and applications.

  • Craftcube - CraftCube houses a collection of pieces that reveal a trajectory of digital jewellery research into memory and memory loss designed by Jayne Wallace.

  • Adaptive Interfaces - People have very different skills and capabilities. So how can we create interfaces that adapt to their abilities?

  • Portrait - The Portrait system is a useful conversation-starter for care home workers looking to spark a chat with residents.

  • Approaches to Banking for the Older Old - What sort of banking tools can help older people to engage with an increasingly digital banking world?

  • A Study of Older Drivers - The number of older drivers on the roads is increasing and the number of female older drivers is set to increase faster than males. Older drivers, as a group, are suffering from age-related functional deteriorations and a higher fatality rate than the average driver.

  • An eScience Infrastructure For Monitoring Older Drivers - To further explore driving behaviour and the vulnerability of eolder drivers as road users we will need to monitor moving vehicles.

  • In-vehicle Navigation Systems - Researchers from SiDE’s Inclusive Transport team are investigating how in-vehicle navigation systems can be improved to meet the needs of older drivers. This research takes the form of focus groups, data collection, travel diaries and observations in the car and the simulator.

  • My Great North Run - Two important research topics for SiDE are the development of design methods for older people, and technologies that support and enhance intergenerational communication.

  • Interactive and Mobile Music - SiDE has been working with music agency Generator on a programme which opens the minds of young people to new ways of creating music.

  • A Good Death - SiDE researchers Angela Abbott and Ranald Richardson worked with health and social housing providers to investigate how digital technologies could be used to help people spend their later life at home, rather than in a hospital.

  • AHRC Connected Communities Scoping study - Society Perspective (SP) researchers, Graeme Mearns and Ranald Richardson, together with colleagues from the Creative Media team, are currently carrying out a cross-disciplinary scoping study funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme.

  • TOPS: New Technologies to Support Older People at Home: Maximising Personal and Social interaction - The role of new technologies in health and social care for older people is attracting increasing interest as part of government agendas for modernising public services across the UK

  • Casting the Net - Part of the work of the SiDE project involves empowering young people in disadvantaged communities in partnership with third-sector organisations. Casting the Net is one such project, building on work already carried out for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities scoping study programme.

  • Sensors & activity recognition - A fundamental challenge for much of the “Connected Home and Community” activity on SiDE is reasoning about what people are doing at any moment in time. This is an open problem in computer science known as activity recognition.

  • e-Science Central - E-Science Central gives scientists the ability to upload, analyse and share data, using the power of the Cloud.

  • Sage Silver Ambassadors - Working with the Sage Silver Programme in Gateshead, SiDE researcher Angela Abbott explored the effect that participation in musical groups has on the health and happiness of older people.

  • Expressive Photography - Challenges in the classroom around social inclusion and technologies have, to date, been particularly underexplored in relation to photography.

  • Access framework - Modern computers have vastly more functionality than any single individual will make use of in their day to day life.

  • E Health and Older Adults - Our work on eHealth and older adults has two strands. The first is related to the trustworthiness of health sites; the second is related to the increasing important of mobile health apps.

  • Grumpy Old Debate - How do we get more people involved in better arguments?

  • User Managed Access - Aad van Moorsel's work on User Managed Access (UMA) will help protect vulnerable users against the misuse of sensitive data such as employment history, health or educational records.

  • Electronic Footprints in the Sand - How can we use technology to help victims of domestic violence and abusive relationships to find help?

  • Digital Technology in Play Therapy with Children - The purpose of this research is to investigate how children and play therapists could use digital technology at different stages of play therapy.

  • Swallowing in Parkinson’s - SiDE is working with clinician Richard Walker and speech language therapist Nick Miller to investigate ways to sense or prompt swallowing using digital technologies.