Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Special Seminar | Wellth Creation: Designing interactive systems to tune in health and wellbeing for human performance first
Computer science research generally and Human Computer Interaction research specifically have delivered tremendous benefits in Medical Health. From improved surgical approaches to reduce recovery time, to supporting ongoing care once back home, to discovering new insights for global care from reviewing health records, we deliver. We have not had this kind of effect yet on an area of increasing social concern: intervening in people’s health so that we don’t need critical care. There are numerous reasons of this lack of same level impact, but one of the key ones, is that as computer scientists who often work with medical professionals around “health", we may be missing the right perspective for success. When we focus on health as disease prevention, we focus perhaps too much on the disease - its care and management - rather than life - its care and management. In this talk i will show how moving away from the paradigm of health as illness prevention towards health for more effortless, joyful performance and quality of life, tremendous opportunities open up for powerful clear opportunities for computer science to help make better normal; make normal better. In particular i will propose a model of performance that focuses on the brain-body connection. I will show how those of us interested in this area of health as performance enabler (what we have been calling Wellth Creation) may benefit from developing new interdisciplinary knowledge from nutrition to neurology, to deliver wellth science, wellth engineering theory and practice. Finally i will propose that if we focus on our social values for wellbeing enabled by supporting the brain-body connection, we will, as a side effect, greatly impact the lifestyle disease/conditions that put our wellbeing, creativtiy and innovation at risk.
About the speaker
m.c. schraefel, phd, cscs, ceng, fbcs @mcphoo
is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and holds the position Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance at the University of Southampton, UK, where she also holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair Fellowship to investigate how to design & evaluate technology to support innovation, creativity and discovery. IT’s from work on this fellowship mission that m.c. first saw the connection that the brain is connected to the body, and the better the body performs, the better the brain performs. This research lead her to undertake studies from nutrition to neurology. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach, nutrition coach (with Toronto’s own Precision Nutrition), and functional neurology coach. Beyond her research, she works particularly with athletes dealing with chronic pain, and with companies like Ogilvy Maher and the BBC to enhance creativity through the brain body connection.