AHRC Award for LAUGH

AHRC Award for LAUGH

Congratulations to Prof Cathy Treadaway, who has been awarded a major grant by the AHRC for her research on designing for dementia. The funding is for Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics (LAUGH), a three-year research project in collaboration with researchers at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Birmingham City University.

The project will build upon existing research and collaborations in this field of research. Supported by OPAN Cymru and a fellowship at the UTS, Cathy has established research development groups in South Wales and Australia which bring together artists, designers, hackers, academics and health professionals to investigate how new technologies and smart materials can be used to extend individual experience of creative playful activity for the elderly.

Cathy has also developed a new collaboration with Dr Roya Ashayer-Soltani (materials engineer) and Dr Chris Hunt (materials physicist) at the National Physical Laboratory, a large government funded scientific research and development facility. The collaboration will explore the practical applications of Nano solutions for printing conductive materials onto fabric.