Artificial Intelligence / Health
Affective interaction in care
‘Affective Interaction’ refers to relational interactions with artefacts, technologies and systems that are underlined by various expressions of feeling, such as emotional responses.
Affect is part of human capacity for reflection and meaning-making. The way affective interaction motivates, forms and informs our behaviours and responses to the world around us becomes ever so important in the context of care, where digitisation is rapidly shaping the delivery and experience of care.
On the one hand, healthcare is adopting new technological interventions like virtual reality. On the other hand, we must adapt to new expectations of care experience as many people turn to personal devices and wellness practices at home. How do we create meaningful experiences as emerging technologies revolutionise the future of care?
The notion of affective interaction extends our understanding of care experiences in design and human-computer interaction (HCI). In this talk, Dr Naseem Ahmadpour will review a number of case studies to situate affective interaction in HCI research.
Relying on the knowledge that affect, and emotions are situated in place, body and culture, this talk will propose a paradigm shift to centre meaning making and affective interaction in care technology. Drawing examples from research and practice, Dr Ahmadpour will demonstrate how narratives of affect illustrate new opportunities for developing and deploying emerging technologies for care.
Dr Naseem Ahmadpour is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). She leads Affective Interactions lab at the University of Sydney where she is also the director of the Design Major at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She was awarded her PhD in human-machine interaction from University of Montreal (Ecole Polytechnique), Canada. Her research is interdisciplinary and broadly explores the role of interactive technologies and personal devices for cultivating meaning making, affective experiences and reflection in everyday life. Specifically, she investigates the design and impact of emerging technologies that increasingly shape the future of work and care.