A collaboration between the Department of Zoology and Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, OpticFlock monitors the welfare of farm animals by analysing movement of animals in a pen.
I'm involved primarily as a data scientist, analysing and collecting data of chicken flocks. I also manage the project's processing infrastructure, including the data sharing and storage facilities, processing servers and web servers. The project is lead by Prof Marian Dawkins and Prof Stephen Roberts.
I'm collaborating with Dr Philipp Grünewald, of the The Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, to build a smartphone app that helps people report how they use energy in their house. The app is part of a national project, called METER and led by Phil, to understand what people use electricity for. Find out more about on the project's website.
My involvement is in the design and development of a user-facing app that will act as a survey. Prospective participants will be asked to sign up for a trial, which will involve all people in their household. When they do so, everyone living in their house will receive a small, cheap smartphone and report what activity they're doing throughout the day, with a particular focus on their electricity consumption.
I'm extremely excited to work with Phil on this, and can't wait to receive a kit myself. Keep up to date with the progress on the project's blog pages.
Cape Town's public transit authorities are in need for data to understand how to improve quality of service and increase the accountability of transport operators. CiTiVAN proposes a phone based rating, payment and positioning system that promotes transparency and accountability from the bottom up, giving people a voice about the service they receive.
From the project's press release, January 2014: Over the past weeks, MIT researchers and LAAB Studio have deployed a system of human-borne sensors to assess and compare air pollution in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Results are presented as a dynamic map called 'One Country, Two Lungs', currently on show at the Hong Kong / Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (until the end of February 2014). The installation highlights an asymmetric exposure to pollution between the inhabitants of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, showing how air quality across one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas changes step by step. One Country Two Lungs also provides a glimpse into how new applications of sensor and tracking technology can be used for monitoring air pollution in cities on a personal, human scale.
Read more on the One Country, Two Lungs website.
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