The integration of technology is a relatively new but developing area of our research and aligns to University strategic focus, development and expertise.
Our research aims to embed the latest technologies including mobile and web-based technologies both within our interventions and to capture accurate measurement of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health.
- The use of mobile music to promote increased intensity and duration of physical activity
- The use of ubiquitous mobile devices for activity monitoring, in particular the use of mobile accelerometry
- Design of user interfaces for mobile applications in physical activity (in collaboration with the Mobiquitous Lab)
- The use of mobile devices and web technologies in large-scale physical activity interventions
Dr Alison Kirk is also exploring the integration of technology in application towards promoting active lifestyles for people with diabetes.
- Peacock, L., Hewitt, A., Rowe, D. A., & Sutherland, R. (2014). Stride rate and walking intensity in healthy older adults. Journal of aging and physical activity,22(2), 276-283.
- Rowe, DA., McMinn, D., Peacock, L., Buis, AWP., Sutherland, R., Henderson, E. & Hewitt, A. (2014). 'Cadence, energy expenditure and gait symmetry during music-prompted and self-regulated walking in adults with unilateral transtibial amputation'. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 320-329.
- Connelly J, Kirk A, Masthoff J, MacRury S. Using technology to promote physical activity in Type 2 diabetes management: a systematic review? Diabetic Medicine 2013;30:1420 – 1432
- Kirk A, MacMillan F, Rice M, Carmichael A. An exploratory study examining the appropriateness and potential benefit of the nintendo wii as a physical activity tool in adults aged ≥ 55 years. Interacting with Computers 2013; 25:102-114
Recent research grants
- Integrating technology for promoting active lifestyles and blood glucose control in individuals with diabetes. University of Strathclyde Strategic Technology Partnership PhD studentship. (Oct 2014 – Sept 2017, £50,000) Kirk (PI)
- STAND study: Strathclyde integrating Technology for Activity and Nutrition promotion in Diabetes prevention. University of Strathclyde Bridging the Gap funding. (Dec 2012 – May 2014, £16,000) Kirk (PI)
- Integrating technology into promotion of physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes living in remote or rural setting. Lifescan project grant. (2011 – 2014, £78,000).
- Evaluation of the VTap device: a new monitor incorporating vibration prompts for sedentary behaviour change. University of Strathclyde Strathlinks funding. (2010 to Oct 2010, £9,000) Kirk (co-applicant)
- Developing a mobile application to support physical activity and exercise through real-time manipulation of music tempo. Faculty Strategic Research Fund. (2010-2011, £10,000) Hewitt (PI), Rowe (co-applicant)
- Staying Alive: Using digital music technology to promote healthy walking after a lower limb amputation. Bridging the Gap+ Interdisciplinary Research Grant. (2010-2011, £12,000) Rowe (PI), Hewitt (co-applicant)