Ian Cleland

ian-cleland2Dr. Ian Cleland, Research fellow, Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Centre, Ulster University.

Dr. Ian Cleland is a Research Fellow in Computer Science within the Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Competence Centre (NI-CHIC).  With a background in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, Ian’s research activities include activity recognition, pervasive and mobile computing, the quantified self and behavior change. Ian has extensive expertise in the application of pervasive computing technology, specifically wireless sensor networks and mobile technology, to support health and wellbeing. Ian is a reviewer for scientific journals including the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, MDPI Journal sensors, Pattern Recognition Letters and Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging. Dr Cleland has an extensive network of collaborators, including academic and industry partners, with whom he has co-authored research publications.

Gray Matters- Facilitating healthy behavior change through technology

Technology facilitated behavior change interventions are becoming increasingly popular in the prevention of many chronic diseases, including Chronic heart failure and diabetes. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a recognised global health concern, with currently no cure. Research is now focusing on risk factors and prevention methods associated with AD. Many of these risk factors can be attributed to lifestyle choices and environmental factors. We present a smartphone app designed to facilitate, encourage and monitor behavior change as part of a 6-month randomized control trial with 146 participants. The app provided a convenient, scalable and cost effective method of allowing participants to monitor and review behavior change data. 94.5% of users entered, and 91.8% reviewed, their performance daily. Over 141,800 individual behavior logs were submitted across the six-month trial. Analysis of these logs has shown positive trends in behavioral change across all domains, with particular emphasis on efforts to decrease stress, higher sleep promotion and increased social engagement.