How can we create technology that helps people be healthy and well? How can we make medical data work better? Are we developing new technologies to really fit people’s needs? I own my health data, don’t I?
These are just some of the questions to be posed at the inaugural Human Centred Technology Symposium on Health and Wellness Research at the University of Sydney tomorrow 16th February.
Human Centred Technology researchers are working to transform both our individual health and wellbeing, and our overarching healthcare system, states symposium convenor and Computer Science Professor, Judy Kay.
Innovations in technology need to be better at delivering real impact. For example, the explosion of physical activity trackers and phone apps has yet to turn around the growing levels of obesity.
The symposium features presentations and panels by leaders in health and wellness from government, industry and university research.
It will showcase multi-disciplinary projects currently underway at the University. These draw on collaborations between engineers and many other disciplines.
The presentations include:
The Lord Howe Island Wood-feeding cockroach - long thought to be extinct on the main island - has been rediscovered at the foot of a single Banyan tree.