Florence Project: Make my day go better

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The Florence project designs communication technology to assist people living with dementia.

The technology provides:

  • Banks of meaningful personal knowledge;
  • Metrics to detect communication difficulty;
  • And prompts to support life tasks.

We co-design with people who live with or support those living with dementia.Our team includes computer science, interaction design, speech pathology, psychology, cognitive science and occupational therapy.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language logoProject Florence is a community-based project lead by the UQ node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for The Dynamics of Language.

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Florence Project: Make my day go better

Florence Project: How dementia changes communication: An introduction

Florence Project: How to communicate well with people living with dementia

Florence Project: How can technology help people living with dementia? An Introduction

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Are you living with dementia? Are you caring for someone with dementia?

Visit the Florence Community page for opportunities to get involved in the study and project updates. 

Florence in the news


Key publications

Nickbakht, Mansoureh, Anthony J. Angwin, Bonnie BY Cheng, Jacki Liddle, Peter Worthy, Janet H. Wiles, Daniel Angus, and Sarah J. Wallace. "Putting "the broken bits together": A qualitative exploration of the impact of communication changes in dementia." Journal of Communication Disorders 101 (2023): 106294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2022.106294 View abstract 

Back, Andrew D., and Janet Wiles. "Estimation of Statistical Manifold Properties of Natural Sequences using Information Topology." In 2023 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP), pp. 542-546. IEEE, 2023. DOI: 10.1109/SSP53291.2023.10207948<https://doi.org/10.1109/SSP53291.2023.10207948View article

Liddle, J., Worthy, P., Frost, D., Taylor, E., & Taylor, D. (2022). Partnering with people living with dementia and care partners in technology research and design: Reflections and recommendations. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 69(6), 723–741. https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12843 View article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36203322/

Liddle J, Worthy P, Frost D, et al. (2022) Personal and complex: The needs and experiences related to technology use for people living with dementia. Dementia. 21(5):1511-1531. DOI: 10.1177/14713012221084521 
View article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35420505/  

Back, Andrew D., and Janet Wiles. "Estimating sentence-like structure in synthetic languages using information topology." Entropy 24, no. 7 (2022): 859. https://doi.org/10.3390/e24070859 View article 

Back, Andrew D., and Janet Wiles. "An information theoretic approach to symbolic learning in synthetic languages." Entropy 24, no. 2 (2022): 259. https://doi.org/10.3390/e24020259 View article
Liddle, Jacki, Avelie Stuart, Peter Worthy, Mark Levine, Tim Kastelle, Janet Wiles, Nancy A. Pachana, and Linda Clare. (2021) "Building the threads of connection that we already have": The nature of connections via technology for older people." Clinical Gerontologist 44, no. 4: 406-417. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2020.1852638 View article 

Back, Andrew D., and Janet Wiles (2021) "Entropy Estimation Using a Linguistic Zipf-Mandelbrot-Li Model for Natural Sequences." Entropy 23, no. 9 (2021): 1100. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23091100 View article 

R. A. Sluis et al., “An Automated Approach to Examining Pausing in the Speech of People With Dementia,” American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, vol. 35, p. 1533317520939773, 2020, doi: 10.1177/1533317520939773. Read Full Article 

A. D. Back, D. Angus, and J. Wiles, “Transitive Entropy—A Rank Ordered Approach for Natural Sequences,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 312–321, Feb. 2020, doi: 10.1109/JSTSP.2019.2939998. Read Abstract 

A. D. Back, D. Angus, and J. Wiles, “Determining the Number of Samples Required to Estimate Entropy in Natural Sequences,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 4345–4352, Jul. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TIT.2019.2898412. Read Abstract 

B.-M. Whelan et al., “Toward the Development of SMART Communication Technology: Automating the Analysis of Communicative Trouble and Repair in Dementia,” Innovation in Aging, vol. 2, no. igy034, Sep. 2018, doi: 10.1093/geroni/igy034. Read Full Article 

D. Angus, Y. Yu, P. Vrbik, A. Back, and J. Wiles, “PauseCode: Computational Conversation Timing Analysis,” in Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Multimodal Analyses Enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction, New York, NY, USA, Oct. 2018, pp. 43–47, doi: 10.1145/3279972.3279975. Read Abstract 

A. D. Back, D. Angus, and J. Wiles, “Fast Entropy Estimation for Natural Sequences,” arXiv:1805.06630 [physics], May 2018, Accessed: Feb. 19, 2021. [Online]. Available: Read Full Article
H. J. Chenery, C. Atay, A. Campbell, E. Conway, D. Angus, and J. Wiles, “Using Technology to Enhance Communication Between People with Dementia and their Carers,” Alzheimer’s & Dementia, vol. 12, no. 7S_Part_5, pp. P279–P280, 2016, doi: Read Full Article 

C. Atay, E. R. Conway, D. Angus, J. Wiles, R. Baker, and H. J. Chenery, “An Automated Approach to Examining Conversational Dynamics between People with Dementia and Their Carers,” PLOS ONE, vol. 10, no. 12, p. e0144327, Dec. 2015, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144327. Read Full Article
C. Atay (née Knuepffer) et al., Using Discursis for the computer-¬assisted analysis of conceptual recurrence in conversations in Parkinson’s disease. 2015. View PDF 

Project members

For more information about our project and opportunities to collaborate, please get in touch: 

e: florence@itee.uq.edu.au 

ITEE Academic and Research Staff

Professor Janet Wiles

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Jacki Liddle

Research Fellow
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Peter Worthy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lecturer in Human-Centred Computing
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science