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Quality of Life

Urban and community quality of life has become central to city planning and policy making. There are various social, environmental, physical, economic and psychological factors that are associated with the quality of life in a city.

Interrelated topics of research under this theme include health and wellbeing, medical devices and innovations, health and safety, experiential architecture and design, place-making, liveability, inclusivity.

We offer our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.


Find out more about our members on their profile pages.

Esfahlani, S. S., Shirvani, H., Mirzaee, I., 2022. Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and Machine Learning in Video Game Rehabilitation. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks, 201, 117165. doi: 10.1016/j.eswa.2022.117165

Esfahlani, S. S., Izsof, V., Minter, S., Kordzadeh, A., Shirvani, H., Esfahlani, K. S., 2020. Development of an Interactive Virtual Reality for Medical Skills Training Supervised by Artificial Neural Network. In: Bi, Y., Bhatia, R., Kapoor, S. (Eds), 2020. Intelligent Systems and Applications. IntelliSys 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1038 (Cham: Springer). doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29513-4_34

Kordzadeh, A., Esfahlani, S. S., 2019. Artificial intelligence in the prediction of functional maturation of radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula. Journal of Vascular Access, 12(1), pp. 44-49. doi: 10.3400%2Favd.oa.18-00129

Muresan, B., Esfahlani, S. S., 2018. Autonomous Flight and Real-time Tracking of Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. IEEE Computing Conference, 10-12 July, London, UK.

Esfahlani, S .S., Thompson, T., Parsa, A. D., Brown, I., Cirstea, S., 2018. ReHabgame: A non-immersive virtual reality rehabilitation system with applications in neuroscience. Heliyon, 4(2), e00526.

Esfahlani, S. S., Muresan, B., Sanaei, A., Wilson, G., 2018. Validity of the Kinect and Myo armband in a serious game for assessing upper limb movement. Entertainment Computing. doi: 10.1016/j.entcom.2018.05.003

Luciano, A., Pascale, F., Polverino, F., Pooley, A., 2018. Improving ageing resilience of current and future housing. Proceedings of the 42nd IAHS World Congress on Housing: the housing for the dignity of mankind. Naples, Italy 10-13 April 2018. ISBN: 978-88-9326-210-1.

Pantzartzis, E., Price, A. D. F., Pascale, F., 2016. A built environment response to the rising costs of dementia. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 21(2), pp. 160-187. doi: 10.1108/JFMPC-06-2015-0019

Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F., Price, A. D. F., 2015. Design for people living with dementia. World Health Design, 8(1), pp. 68-77.

Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F. and Price, A. D. F., 2015. HBN guidance sets out key principles, Health Estate Journal, 69(7), pp. 34-40.

Pantzartzis, E., Price, A. D. F., Pascale, F., 2015. The Environment of Care for People with Dementia: Evidence-Based Design Solutions and Best Practices for Integrated Care Delivery in Times of Radical Change. In: Del Nord, R., 2015. Healthcare Facilities in Times of Radical Changes. Proceedings of the 23rd Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE), 25th Latin American Congress of Architecture and Hospital Engineering (Florence: Tesis), Premium Edition, pp. 187-196.

Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F., Price, A. D. F., 2015. Health Building Note 08-02: Dementia-friendly Health and Social Care Environments. Department of Health, 2015.

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