User centered internet of thing devices for elderly in an ambient assisted living


Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Research Student for Taylor’s University Research Grant Scheme “User centered internet of thing devices for elderly in an ambient assisted living” under Taylor’s University’s sponsored research projects.

Project Duration: 18 months

Project Code: TRGS/MFS/1/2017/SOCIT/011

TitleUser centered internet of thing devices for elderly in an ambient assisted living 
Brief of Project: 
Studies have shown that senior citizens aged 60 and above made up 2.8 million in 2016 and the number is expected to increase 5.8 million from a population of 38.1 million people in 2030. Many research has embarked for the wellbeing of the aging. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are one of the problem solver for eldercare but there are still many challenges that have to be eradicated before implementation of ambient assistance living. This research aims to explore suitable IoT devices that can be used by the elderly people to improve their daily activities for ambient assisted living. The research will suggest and recommend User Centered Design (UCD) for IOT devices catering for independent living among the elderly. Mixed method of qualitative and quantitative approach reflecting UCD processes will be conducted to collect data to investigate the challenges and issues faced by the elderly people and will eventually gather requirements for an ambient assisted living environment.
The research will also study the UCD methodology that is suitable for designing IoT devices for elderly in an ambient assisted environment.
We aimed to provide an independent and quality life for the elderly especially those who live alone at home.
Research questions
1)        What are the issues with the current IoT environment supporting the elderly people?
2)        Are the IOT devices designed for elderly using user centred methods?
1)        To explore the current IOT devices in the market which are suitable for elderly people.
2)        To investigate the challenges and issues faced by the elderly people to live independently.
3)        To  propose User Centered designs for IoT devices which are essential for elderly to interact with the smart devices seamlessly.
4)        To recommend UCD framework to design IoT devices for elderly in an ambient assisted environment.
Master’s by research student – 1

Specific Qualifications/ Requirements:
In this research, there will be preliminary research conducted with the elderly to understand challenges and issues faced by them for their daily activities. This is conducted through semi-structured interviews and questionnaire. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted to interview the elderly to investigate the challenges and issues faced by them to live independently. Questionnaire will be distributed to the children with elderly parents to understand what problem they face when they have to take care of their elderly parents.  Furthermore, observations with video sessions will be conducted to verify the semi-structured interview and questionnaire data. This offers a triangulation to the research methodology.
Review relevant literature concerning the background of UCD, various types of IoT devices.
We are looking for candidates who have knowledge in data collection/analysis and programming knowledge for mobile application development would be preferred. Experience in Mobile Application Development will be an added advantage.

Stipend and Benefits: Students are encouraged to apply for Research scholarship (applicable for both Master’s with 75% tuition fee waiver and stipend). Refer to ‘Postgraduate Funding’ at Taylor’s website for eligibility, application and selection details for these scholarships. Successful candidates who do not qualify for the above-mentioned scholarships will receive stipend of RM 1800 per month for a year. Students will be enrolled in Full Time MSc (Computer Science) under the School of Computing and IT.  
Job Description for Master’s by Research Candidate: 
Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Computing or in the area of Science and Technology or related to Computing or any other equivalent qualification with a keen inclination to do research. Potential candidates should have knowledge in algorithms, modelling, analyzing and visualizing data using software tools, and good in programming using C, Java or mobile application development. Successful candidates are expected to work towards their doctoral degree and participate actively in research and publication with the group
Interested candidates can directly contact Dr Goh Wei Wei with their CV and research proposal via e-mail (
School of Computing and IT, Faculty of Built Environment, Engineering, Technology & Design, Taylor’s University.