Lee Cheatley

Current research/thesis title:

Continued Bonds: Computationally Creative Grief Support

"People are increasingly turning to technology for support when someone they care about dies."

With the rise of the internet of things and ubiquitous devices technology has come to permeate modern society. People use digital media throughout their everyday lives to create, maintain, and sever relationships. In doing so, masses of digital possessions are created which often outlive those they belong to or are about. People are increasingly turning to technology for support when someone they care about dies.

The research to be carried out as part of the PhD intends to investigate how best to design and employ computationally creative technology at the end of life to support the bereaved. It will explore current practices of reminiscence and reflection. Interactions with digital possessions and digital remnants relating to or created in commemoration of the deceased. Receptiveness to computational creativity and its applications, and how these potential applications can be used to increase feelings of ownership over digital possessions, and whether they can provide opportunities for the creation of a more personalised digital possession, more representative of the relationship between mourner and deceased, which changes with time, and can help those experiencing bereavement and grief.

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