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Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Yiling Liu, an IPD MSc student at TU Delft. I’m a 22-year-old Chinese living in the Netherlands with my parents.

Why did you decide to do a (graduation) project at Critical Alarms Lab?

Because I have experienced distress when my father was in ICU after cardiac surgery. He often complained about the beeps and that caregivers keep waking him up. The problems Critical Alarms Lab is tackling are what I strongly empathize with. I feel motivated and fulfilled when working on sound problems of intensive care.

What is your project about?

I’m currently researching on how nurses and patients have different conceptual associations and emotional responses towards ICU sounds. The results will be analyzed and released soon. Meanwhile, I’m starting on my graduation project, which is about dealing with the sound issues to create a better sleep environment for regular hospitals wards. The graduation project is a collaboration with Critical Alarms Lab and Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis in Delft.

Why do you care about this topic?

For both projects, I’m caring about the quality of the research process. I wish my research can be done properly so it can contribute to future design or research.

What do you hope to achieve with this project?

With the research project, I hope my result and report and help others have a full and rich understanding of the sound of ICU.  With my graduation project, I wish my design solution is an integration of all my research work and previous studies, and can really solve the problem in the future.

What surprised you most in doing this project so far?

I learned more about myself. I found out what excites me and motivates me in work. For example, I found my passion for research and medical related topics.