INSIGHTS: bringing together sensor technology and social research

Many thanks to everyone for their contributions and making the workshop a success !

These expert consultations at the Goodenough Collee in London 20-21 June 2016 brought together a small group of researchers, practitioners and visionaries to discuss the latest developments in the use of sensors for smarter homes, health and lifestyle, how to assess these inventions and how to adapt the use of sensors for social research and adjacent disciplines.

See information about workshop delegates, and workshop proceedings.

The first session addressed some of the remaining barriers to adaptation and acceptance of sensor technology in service design for the home and in care, with two presenters from industry each speaking on the challenges their respective enterprises have faced so far and where the future opportunities may lie: Andrew Nelson, the Group Engineering Director at Tunstall Healthcare UK and Martin Dix, entrepreneur and founder of Current Cost and Current Care, UK.

The second session focussed on data streams, data capture and meaningful uses of data, with three presenters from very different backgrounds: Jonathan Gershuny, who spoke at length about time-use research at the University of Oxford, Naomi Klepacz, who spoke on the use of sensor data for monitoring and intervening in health behaviours, and Niels Bischoff, who talked about self quantification as self experimentation and self discovery.

The third session reflected on privacy, data and security protection, incorporating different approaches to these issues with Ewa Luger, a researcher in human experience and design at Microsoft in Cambridge, Paul Quinn, a legal scholar who spoke of the legal challenges of mHealth initiatives and Blaine Price, a lecturer in computing who presented materials from his research on privacy issues in life-logging and self quantification.

The talks were followed by input from discussants along with questions and debate. Then the fourth and final panel session comprised of panellists who spoke on future opportunities and considerations to keep in mind when using sensors in social research.

Presentations:

Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir  –  Welcome Address.

Andrew Nelson  –  IoT, smart homes and sensors in service.  Group Engineering Director at Tunstall Healthcare UK.

Martin Dix  –  Innovating for consumption and behaviour monitoring.  Founder of Current Cost and Current Care, UK.

Jonathan Gershuny  –  Insights from Time Use Research and mixed data methods.  Professor and Director of the Centre for Time Use Research, University of Oxford, UK.

Naomi Klepacz  –  Exploring the role of sensors in health behaviour.  Research Fellow at the Food, Consumer Behaviour & Health Research Centre, School of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK.

Niels Bischoff  –  Self-tracking and experimentation.  Founder of mindBot and Fresh Traders, life hacker and Quantified Self enthusiast.

Ewa Luger  –  User consent, privacy and system intelligibility: Challenges for the design of future systems.  Researcher in the Human Experience and Design group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK.

Paul Quinn  –  Regulating mHealth solutions.  Assistant Professor at the Centre for Law Science Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE.

Blaine Price  –  Privacy risks of ubiquitous computing technology especially related to health and self-tracking.  Senior Lecturer in Computing at The Open University UK, and Quantified Self enthusiast.

Discussants:

Klaus Moessner.  Professor in Cognitive Networks in the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK.

Ike Kamphof.  Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Maastricht University, NL.

Sacha Krstulović.  V.P. of Technology at Audio Analytic Ltd. UK.

Monique Raats.  Director of the Food, Consumer Behaviour & Health Research Centre, School of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK.

Jie Jiang.  Research Fellow in Computational Social Science at the Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey, UK.

Nigel Gilbert.  Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey, UK.

Mark Plumbley.  Professor of Signal Processing, University of Surrey, UK.

Niels van Dijk.  Research Fellow at the Centre for Law Science Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE.

Panellists:

Nigel Gilbert (Chair).  Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey, UK.

Mark Hill.  Director of OpenTRV, UK, a IoT startup designing intelligent Thermostatic Radiator Valves.

Debbie Collins.  Head of Questionnaire Development and Testing, NatCen Social Research, UK.

Monique Raats.  Professor and Director of the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey, UK.

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