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11 May 2017 | NatCen - Head Office

Using digital sensors to understand activity in the home

Social science methods seminar series

RS3911 Tmitchell 131008 9325 Scr

Nigel Gilbert from University of Surrey explains how digital sensors collecting data like motion, temperature, humidity and noise can contribute to social science.

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The HomeSense project is funded by the ESRC through the National Centre for Research Methods to explore the use of digital sensors for generating data of value to social science. 

The project is installing digital sensors measuring quantities such as energy, temperature, humidity, and noise in a small sample of homes and asking members of the household to wear motion sensors.  Data from these is sent over the internet to a central server for analysis. 

The aim is to demonstrate the technology, catalogue the methodological and ethical issues that arise, explore the analytical tools needed to make inferences from the high volume, high frequency data streams the sensors generate, and provide guidelines for how social researchers can best use the digital sensors that will increasing become available as part of the ‘internet of things’. 

In this talk, we will summarise our work so far and review what we have learned since the project started in February 2016.

Authors:  Nigel Gilbert, Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir and Jie Jiang, Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey

Presenter: Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

Details:

  • Date: Thursday 11th May
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Venue: NatCen Social Research, 35 Northampton Square, London EC1V 0AX

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