Best Presentation Award at SenseCam 20124th April 2012
Our presentation entitled "DejaView: help with memory, when you need it" was awarded the best presentation prize at the SenseCam 2012 Symposium. The prize was awarded by Steve Hodges from Microsoft Research.
Alex Wood being awarded the Best Presentation prize
Abstract: Promising findings in the use of wearable memory aids such as SenseCam have been widely reported. However, to date, there has been relatively little consideration of the potential for offering memory help in real-time during daily living. Such assistance, in the form of proactive visual prompts comprising the four reported types of cue (people, places, objects, and actions), could help people with memory problems to immediately orientate themselves in a situation -- supplying details of where they are, or who they are with. This paper reports on the three-tier DejaView system, designed to provide such help.
DejaView works across a wearable device, a smartphone, and a remote computer, simultaneously recording a lifelog, finding appropriate cues from past experiences, and feeding relevant information back to the user. The real-time nature of this system required the design of a new wearable device, similar to SenseCam but more customisable and additionally capable of transmitting data over Bluetooth. Fitting this into the three-tier architecture allows for complex processing in the system without limiting the battery lifetime of the portable and wearable parts.
In the currently-implemented example, photos captured by the wearable device are compared against a database of faces stored on the remote computer. The user subsequently receives information about people around them via their smartphone. More generally, the architecture permits a wide range of intelligent methods for selecting useful cues, based on the user's environment, to be integrated into the system, facilitating the provision of real-time help for memory problems.
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Energy Harvesting Network's Data Repository Launched13th February 2012
The Energy Harvesting Network, coordinated by myself and Prof Steve Beeby at the University of Southampton, have launched the Network's 'Data Repository' - an online catalogue for researchers worldwide to share data on ambient energy availability - for example acceleration levels, solar irradience, or wind speeds. It is hoped that, by using a common dataset, this will encourage the comparitive evaluation of energy harvesters and fuel advances in the field.
Natuarlly, the repository will only ... [more]
Davide Wins Faculty 3-Minute-Thesis Competition4th March 2015
Congratulations go to Davide Zilli, who won first-place at the Faculty round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. He competed against 9 other excellent candidates. He now goes forward to the University-round of the competition in early-May.
His talk, titled 'Monitoring endangered wildlife with Smartphones,' was on the topic of his PhD research, investigating the use of bioacoustics for smartphone-powered citizen science. In particular, the New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native ... [more]