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PHD vacancy Everyday Sounds of Dementia

The department of Industrial Design of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a rapidly growing department with over 550 students, both Bachelor and Master, and around 200 staff members. With a strong emphasis on research the ID department focuses on the design of intelligent products, systems, and related services. The TU/e ID engineer is capable of integrating technology, user aspects, design and business/marketing insights. This MSc programme is practice-oriented, capable of dealing with, and aware of, relevant issues as formulated by industry and society at large. Ambient Intelligence and Ambient (health) Care draw special attention within the TU/e and ID particular, and is an important research and application field.

The department of Industrial Design is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Research at the department is focused on two areas or thematic clusters: Future Everyday and Systemic Change.

The Future Everyday cluster investigates the everyday interactions between individual people and the highly interconnected technology that surrounds them. We measure, model and design for the user experience when individuals interact with social-technological networks in their homes, at work, in transit, while doing sport or going out.

The Systemic Change cluster focuses on designing innovations that have impact on systemic structures and networks of people, ultimately aiming to address societal issues such as urban health, future mobility, sustainability and in this specific case design for people with dementia. Field data and organisational structures are used in novel iterative and circular research-through-design processes involving strategic alliances of stakeholders.

Research and education at the department are highly interconnected. In particular, Bachelor, Master and PhD students intensively collaborate with research staff in so-called ‘squads’ dedicated to specific research topics.

Tilburg University Tranzo
The position is in partnership with the Knowledge Network ‘Innovating Health Services’ of Tranzo. Tranzo is the scientific research center for care and welfare of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University (TiU). The mission of Tranzo is to build a bridge between science and practice in the area of care and welfare. The objective is to promote an evidence-based approach by working in co-creation with practitioners to develop and exchange knowledge. Within Tranzo, the Knowledge Network ‘Innovating Health Services’ focusses on the combination and integration of social and technological innovation. Possibilities, drivers, constraints and prerequisites of sustainable innovation in daily practice are key. Attention is paid to the perspectives, goals and interests of different stakeholders in the innovation process (patients, (in-)formal caregivers, health care organisations, financiers, politicians etc.).

The project background
The PhD research will be carried out as part of a national design research project called ‘Everyday Sounds of Dementia’ as to be funded by create Health ZonMw.

The project ‘Everyday Sounds of Dementia’ aims to research the potential of sound and soundscapes in design of technology and services for people living with dementia. In this process, new knowledge will be generated concerning: How to involve people living with dementia and their carers in design research, suitable design propositions for people with dementia and the potential impact of the design results in the care context considering the different stakeholders, and how ambient sound can contribute to the wellbeing of people living with dementia.

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In general, the project envisions three main goals:

  • Build a knowledge framework about how sound can contribute to the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers by using co-design and participatory approaches (see 3.) to identify, collect, and classify sound in relation to emotional and cognitive responses at various stages of dementia.
  • Identify how design-research can contribute to knowledge in relation to sound and dementia, and explore appropriate technologies for the creation of sound interventions that can contribute to the everyday caring of people living with dementia. This will be evaluated and analyzed in close collaboration with the target group, and based on the knowledge framework developed in objective 1.
  • Develop a set of guidelines for co-design and participatory approaches for people living with dementia to engage with designers and technologists in the development of personalized sound interventions.
  • In this project, different partners will collaborate to achieve these objectives. Next to TU/e Industrial Design and Tranzo (Tilburg University), the zorggroep Archipel (care institute Archipel) and network organization cooperation Slimmer Leven 2020 will be involved.

    Archipel will operate as contact point with the care context of people with dementia, their family members and formal caregivers. They will facilitate user contact throughout the PhD and allow in context testing to take place continuously. Slimmer Leven 2020 will be involved as industry partner to link the results of the design research findings to their stakeholder network, containing industry, hospitals, care institutes, knowledge partners, educational institutes and more.

    The PhD candidate will be situated within the Systemic Change research group at TU/e Industrial Design (80%) and Knowledge Network ‘Innovating Health Services’ (20%).

    The PhD track
    This PhD track will be carried out via multi-stakeholder collaboration to address the societal challenge of the increasing number of people living with dementia. It aims at the finding of opportunities for, design and evaluation of emerging technologies in close contact with the context of people living with dementia.

    The role of music in promoting wellbeing in relation to people with dementia has been the subject of ongoing research. However, the importance of high quality ambient sound and soundscapes is under researched. This project explores the hypothesis that listening to curated sets of sounds can reduce stress, soothe or excite; relieve boredom; and support the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Familiar sounds may support reminiscence, while unfamiliar sounds might trigger emotional or cognitive responses, potentially leading to new experiences. It will investigate how sound can be used to create experiences and add to quality of life of those living with dementia. Sound empowers human beings, it supports us in our everyday lives through signaling, communication, and by providing pleasure. Sound is omni-directional and can provide information about our environment (Bakker, et al. 2012), or inspire imagination. Sound communicates, not only as language, but also by providing contextual information about the environment, think for example about an empty room, a railway station, or a lively forest. Sound can provide detailed information about the context, build expectations and cue behaviours (Eggen, et al. 2008).

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    In addition, the project will use co-design and participatory design approaches with people living with dementia (Kenning 2017) that provides social engagement and meaningful activity during the design process of identifying affective everyday sounds, establishing a categorized collection, and exploring easy to use technologies and interfaces to access them. It will develop research artifacts: design proposals in the form of interactive digital or physical objects used in the research-through-design-process to investigate how sound and sound interventions can have a sustainable role in a real-life context of dementia care and wellbeing.

    Dementia impacts cognitive and physical functioning such that each person’s experience of dementia is different. People live in different physical and social environments and have different support mechanisms and social network structures in place. Therefore, for interventions to be successful the design approach needs to take into account individual wants, needs, likes and dislikes, circumstances, personal context and environment, and existing relationships with family members and caregivers (Brankaert, 2016).

    The PhD candidate will be expected contribute towards:

    – Understanding the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in different contexts

    – Develop design propositions for and in the context of dementia involving the various stakeholders

    – Evaluation, synthesis and analysis of impact of (sound) design solutions in a real-life context

    – Theoretical contribution to design and innovation research

    The PhD candidate will work in collaboration with a team of academic staff and under the supervision of prof. Berry Eggen (TU/e), prof. Inge Bongers (TiU), dr. Saskia Bakker (TU/e), and dr. Rens Brankaert (TU/e).

    About the University
    TU/e is one of Europe’s leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe’s top ‘innovation ecosystems’, with many high-tech companies and institutes, such as Philips, ASML, NXP, DAF, OCE, and TNO. TU/e is closely intertwined with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence and industrial relevance. Culturally, the Netherlands is a very interesting part of Europe. Historic cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Maastricht, Brussels, and Antwerp are all within easy reach from Eindhoven. PhD students at TU/e are appointed as temporary staff members.

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    Requisition NumberSTU003119
    Classification TitleWork Study Student
    Working TitleStudent Accessibility Resource Center – Student Assistant (Spring 2018)
    Department3900800302-CWSP-On-campus
    LocationMain Campus – Statesboro
    Position Summary

    Performs various administrative duties including providing support to our Test Proctoring Center and volunteer programs (note taking/mentoring); greeting visitors and directing them to the appropriate area; checking in students and others who have scheduled appointments; answering incoming phone calls and routing them to the correct staff member; taking messages as needed; assisting front office staff members with duties such as filing, copying, and faxing documents.

    Shift Specifics: 9 hours per week; flexible with class schedule.

    Student employees cannot work more than 1300 hours in a 12-consecutive month period.

    Georgia Southern University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. All faculty, staff, and students must adhere to the established University System of Georgia policy.

    Minimum Education Required

    Must possess a Federal Work-Study Award.

    Could a level of job-related experience higher than the minimum required for the position substitute for the minimum level of education?No
    Minimum Experience Required

    None

    Could a level of education higher than the minimum required for the position substitute for the minimum level of job-related experience?No
    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    Effective communication (verbal and written), organization and human relations skills; ability to work well in a diverse environment; proficiency with computer and Microsoft Office Applications software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; successful completion of the background investigation process.

    Preferred Experience
    Preferred Education
    Salary Range$7.25 per hour
    Job Open Date04/06/2018
    Job Close Date04/27/2018
    Position StatusPart-Time
    Special Instructions for Applicants
    Quicklink for Postinghttp://employment.georgiasouthern.edu/postings/45548
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    Requisition NumberSTU003122
    Classification TitleWork Study Student
    Working TitlePsychology – Student Assistant (Summer 2018)
    Department3900800302-CWSP-On-campus
    LocationMain Campus – Statesboro
    Position Summary

    Provides customer service, runs campus errands, assists administrative staff, facilities monitoring, performs general administrative tasks, answers and transfers telephone calls, files documents and paperwork.

    Shift Specifics: 10 – 12 hours per week; flexible with class schedule.

    Student employees cannot work more than 1300 hours in a 12-consecutive month period.

    Georgia Southern University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. All faculty, staff, and students must adhere to the established University System of Georgia policy.

    Minimum Education Required

    Must possess a Federal Work-Study Award.

    Could a level of job-related experience higher than the minimum required for the position substitute for the minimum level of education?No
    Minimum Experience Required

    None

    Could a level of education higher than the minimum required for the position substitute for the minimum level of job-related experience?No
    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

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    Preferred Experience

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    Preferred Education
    Salary Range$7.25 – $8.00 per hour
    Job Open Date04/06/2018
    Job Close Date04/13/2018
    Position StatusPart-Time
    Special Instructions for Applicants
    Quicklink for Postinghttp://employment.georgiasouthern.edu/postings/45580

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