Smart homes that care for occupants studied by Surrey team

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Researchers from the University of Surrey are exploring how the use of AI and other new developments in home technology could be designed to look after people.

Combining academia and industry, the project aims to cover how smart homes can make people healthier and happier. It also will cover how individuals can maintain privacy and security while providing information to smart systems.

As part of an event, taking place at the university’s 6G Innovation Centre, the researchers will look at how technology in homes can reduce the burden on local authorities providing social care. It will also study real people living with long term health conditions and if technology can inform the development of new treatments.

Additionally, the University of Surrey team and representatives from the third sector and industry will cover how smart homes can connect with individual’s health monitoring devices to maximise wellbeing.

Dr Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh, research fellow in design research at the University of Surrey, said: “New technologies should be a revolutionary force for good, and the possibilities that AI in particular offers to help and support us, to contribute positively to our physical and mental wellbeing, are immeasurable. It’s such an exciting area.

“But technological developments must be sustainable, and they must be accompanied by ethics and responsibility. The University of Surrey has thirty years of experience researching new AI technologies, so we’re leading important discussions about important insights from this work.”

The event aims to showcases a variety of activities at the University of Surrey, especially at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing and the newly established Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI – a pan-university Institute that brings together AI and domain expertise across the different disciplines to realise and shape AI for the public good.

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