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Designing and Evaluating Quality of Life Technologies: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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5 Author(s)
Schulz, R. ; Univ. Center for Social & Urban Res. (UCSUR), Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Beach, S.R. ; Matthews, J.T. ; Courtney, K.L.
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Developing quality of life technologies (QoLT) poses unique challenges to engineers and computer scientists. This paper provides a roadmap for design, development, and evaluation. We begin with a definition of quality of life and identify key attributes of QoLT. This is followed by a discussion of methods for identifying target populations and needs. Next, we describe the process of user-centered iterative design and development and conclude with evaluation strategies to assess the impact of QoLT. A central theme of the paper is that successful technology development in this arena is highly dependent on collaborative interdisciplinary teams involving social scientists, clinicians, engineers, and computer scientists.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:100 ,  Issue: 8 )