CENSIS 3rd Technology Summit and Conference

SENSING IN THE CONNECTED WORLD - Sensor-based analysis of building use in elderly residential care

CENSIS, the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems was described as a game changer for Scotland when it launched in April 2013. It is a catalyst to an already rapidly growing technology market and there are endless opportunities within this emerging global market to develop fundamental changes to benefit society and commercialise sensor lead products over wide market areas.  With over 170 companies already working directly in sensor system technologies in Scotland, generating over £2.5 Bn per year to the economy, these companies and others within their supply chain will benefit from R&D, to extend existing products and develop new markets. The industry sector and its supply chain have huge expansion potential to grow. Scotland is rapidly recognised as a global leader in SIS due to the broad research base residing in its world-class universities.

For their third annual conference CENSIS looked at how sensor and imaging systems are being used in our increasingly connected ‘Internet of Things’ world to help deliver specific, real-time information to help us better understand ourselves, our communities and our environment.

Dr. Sebastian Stein explored the role of wearable sensors in his talk on ‘Sensor-based analysis of building use in elderly residential care’.

Changing population demographics have resulted in a growing number of care homes, and we need effective means for creating enabling built environments that provide older adults with healthy and socially fulfilling lives. Ubiquitous sensors provide a great opportunity to gather quantitative evidence of how existing care homes are used by their residents today, and automated analysis can turn this data into objective evidence supporting the work of policy makers, architects, designers, and care home staff.

In his talk, Sebastian reflected on experiences and insights gathered on the BESiDE project. Sebastian looked at the role of wearable devices including the technical aspects of the sensor design, and explored how the knowledge gained from his research is being used to benefit the home’s residents as well as inform future sensor system design.

Sebastian received his Diplom (MSc. equivalent) in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Dortmund Technical University in 2010, and was awarded a PhD in Computing from the University of Dundee in 2014. His research interests span across computer vision and ubiquitous computing, with particular focus in his work on action recognition, sensor fusion, and machine learning applied to social care and medicine. In 2013, he had the honor be invited to the inaugural prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum, and in 2014 he was selected as a finalist for the EPSRC UK ICT pioneers competition in the category “Technology Everywhere”.


Event Details
  • Professional/Trade Conference
Location Details
Technology & Innovation Centre

99 George Street
United Kingdom
G1 1RD

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