Prof. Maurice Mulvenna

Making technology work for people is easier than making people work for technology, or is it?

The talk begins by reviewing  the evolution of the use of technology to support peoples’ health and wellbeing, from telecare and telehealth through to personalised healthcare, the growth of the idea of ‘quantified self’ and ultimately, self-managed care. The different techniques that help engagement and continued use of technology by older people are explored before some thoughts on the issues and opportunities are discussed.


Maurice Mulvenna is Professor of Computer Science at Ulster University. His research areas include artificial intelligence, digital interventions for health and wellbeing, and assistive technologies. He is currently involved in several international research projects, including H2020 MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data Analytics and Services), H2020 SenseCare (Sensor Enabled Affective Computing for Enhancing Medical Care, and UK HSC Facilitated reminiscence for people living with dementia. Arising from his research, he has published around 300 papers and served on many program committees. He is co-chair of the 32nd British Human-Computer Interaction conference in 2018, and the 31st European Cognitive Ergonomics conference in 2019. He served for three years on UK Ofcom’s Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People and currently serves on the editorial boards for several academic journals including the Journal of Enabling Technologies and JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. In 2014, he was elected as a Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). Maurice is also a past winner of the European €100K IST Grand Prize and has won with colleagues the Best Innovation in Practice Award at the Dementia Care Awards.