Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions
Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
e [dot] tsekleves [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Emmanuel leads research at the intersection of design, health, wellbeing and technology. His design-led research in the areas of health, ageing, wellbeing and defence has generated public interest and attracted media attention by the national press, such as the Daily MailDaily MirrorThe Times, the Daily MailDiscovery News and several other international online media outlets.  

Emmanuel applies design innovation in the area of healthcare and researches health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours.  He conducts research in the design of technology-inspired health interventions and services, which are created by end-users and are aimed at improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people into old age, including people with chronic health problems (i.e. Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke). Emmanuel researches preventative tools that encourage healthier behaviours through the use of playfulness and interactive playful objects. His current research looks at how design can help prevent the transmission of bacterial and viral infections in indoour environments. 

Lastly, Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research, the Data Science Institute and the Programme leader for the new BA Design, co-editor of the Routledge Design for Health book published in 2017 and blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.

Updates and Outcomes

Do You Have Problems Using Your Arm as A Result Of a Stroke?

Do You Have Problems Using Your Arm as A Result Of a Stroke?

If so, we need you! We are recruiting for our study at Brunel University London.

We are looking for volunteers, with reduced movement in their arm following a stroke, to participate in a research study looking at exercising the arm using video gaming technology that has been developed...Read full update

The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Article about the appeal of analogue in a digital world and the rise of 'phygital' published in The Conversation. To read the article click here. ...Read full article

Development and preliminary evaluation of a novel low cost VR-based upper limb stroke rehabilitation platform using Wii technology

OutcomeJournal Paper
Development and preliminary evaluation of a novel low cost VR-based upper limb stroke rehabilitation platform using Wii technology

Purpose: This paper proposes a novel system (using the Nintendo Wii remote) that offers customised, non-immersive, virtual reality-based, upper-limb stroke rehabilitation and reports on promising preliminary findings with stroke survivors. ...More information

Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

My article on the usefulness of health and fitness apps of wearable gadgets, such as  Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Android Wear, Fitbit’s Charge Microsoft’s Band and the Apple Watch, published by The Guardian today. ...Read full article

Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Article published by The Daily Mail on my research work & journal article on the design personalised computer games for aiding stroke survivors with their physiotherapy. ...Read full article

Video games help sufferers of Parkinson's

OutcomeOther
Video games help sufferers of Parkinson's

Following the publication of the article by The Daily Mirror, the research work was also featured in an article by The Times (page 5 on the Friday 21 November issue). The article included  a comment on the merits of the study, by the Parkinson's UK clinical director Professor David...More information

Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

Event3 years, 11 months and 22 days ago
Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

3rd of June 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully funded Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam on Tuesday 3rd of June 2014.

- Are you a London-based creative or digital business with less than 250 employees? - Have you...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

On Wednesday 30th of April, Imagination’s London Fusion team delivered their third highly interactive Design Jam. The Design Jam explored the health, demographic and wellbeing challenges and opportunities to create innovative services and products to enhance the lives of the residents of...Read full update

Event in the Park - A cup of tea/coffee for your idea

Event in the Park - A cup of tea/coffee for your idea

Great fun and lots of great ideas and responses to the project

Monday's (5th May) event in the park was completed successfully. Active Park had a stand with a number of activities inviting visitors to the park to share their ideas and views on the health trail and the type of activities they...Read full update

Active Parks workshop 2

Event4 years and 5 days ago
Active Parks workshop 2

20th of May 2014, The Lune Park Children's Centre Ryelands Park, Owen Road, Lancaster LA1 2LN

Want to make your walks in the park more fun?

So join us for the 2nd Active Parks workshop. Meet people over a cuppa, grab a bite and using creative toys help build an interactive...Read full update

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

We are recruiting field trial pilot participants for a shiny new bit of wearable tech

Numbers That Matter Hackathon winners ‘Happy Hands’ designed an intelligent heated glove that is a fashionable answer to cold hands, responding to the environment you find yourself in. Together with the...Read full update

Active Parks: Co-design participatory exhibition in the park

Event4 years and 20 days ago
Active Parks: Co-design participatory exhibition in the park

5th of May 2014, Lancaster

Visit us on the 5th of May in Ryelands Park and take part in making Lego movies of the health trail!

We will be at the car boot sale on the 5th of May, making some Lego movies Following the 1st co-design workshop in April we will be inviting park...Read full update

Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

The title of my latest article published at The Conversation, covers the subject of design for health. It argues that the way we design the environment we live in, ultimately designs our behaviour. Therefore before we start fat shaming, let’s take a look at urban design. If we want to be a nation of lean, mean and healthy citizens we need to learn from zoos and the animals that live in them. ...Read full article

It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

The NHS has been keen to use the proliferation of smartphones as a way to encourage people to maintain their health through smartphone apps. Or rather it did, until it was closed after some recent negative publicity, including some studies that cast doubt on whether many of the apps had any beneficial effects at all and others that revealed that the apps were leaking sensitive personal data to all and sundry. ...Read full article

Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Recent articles in The Guardian and The Conversation on wearable technology health tech and the end of the sickie have been featured by The Daily Telegraph ('Wearable technology could thwart sickies' - page 2) and The Daily Mirror ('Ticked-off by watches that stop sickies' - page 19).  ...Read full article

iWatching you..

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
iWatching you..

...beware a future where health monitoring by wearables is the norm As wearable devices are equipped with advanced health-tracking technology, how long before third parties use this information to gauge how well we are? ...Read full article

The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Wearable health tech is still in its early days. These devices come with sensors that can record how many steps and how much exercise you’ve taken, how well and long you‘ve slept, stress levels, blood pressure, sun exposure, even what you’ve have eaten. Added together, all this could easily demonstrate that you’re not so sick after all. ...Read full article

Play hard, work hard

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Play hard, work hard

Commentary on workplace design published in the latest edition of Hays Journal, an award-winning publication reaching key human resources and recruitment professionals. The article entitled 'welcome to paradise' presents the benefits and trends in workplace design to increasing employee productivity. My commentary (pages 43-44) entitled 'play hard, work hard' discusses the value of playful design in the workplace as a means to increasing...Read full article

You can find a list of Emmanuel Tsekleves's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

Dust BunnyDust Bunny Dust Bunny Understanding the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust by exploring hygiene ...
ImaginAgingImaginAging ImaginAging Imagining a City with our Senior Citizens
SODA ProjectSODA Project SODA Project SODA Project explores the spaces and knowledges emerging from using and designing medical data together ...
What if? Design Fictions for SocietyWhat if? Design Fictions for Society What if? Design Fictions for Society Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.
Dust BunniesDust Bunnies Dust Bunnies Scoping global challenge research in understanding real world interactions (of dust-born infections) in ...
ProtoPolicyProtoPolicy ProtoPolicy Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy ...
Ageing PlayfullyAgeing Playfully Ageing Playfully Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.
Include Me Include Me Include Me Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism
Active ParksActive Parks Active Parks Co-designing a Health trail in Ryelands Park
ReWiiReReWiiRe ReWiiRe Research for Wii Rehabilitation