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Physical activity for health Technology

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 research work of Dr Allan Hewitt and is focused on this area and includes projects exploring:

  • 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.

Research papers

  • 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)