Internet of things
The 'internet of things' – the vast range of digitally-connected devices which enable the collection and exchange of electronic data – has the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered.
Researchers at Surrey are working on a number of projects which use the 'internet of things' applications, smart devices and other technologies to track information and understand more about how the human body works and responds to different conditions.
Low power sensor technology
Researchers within a team in the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) led by Dr Radu Sporea are focused on the development of electronic devices for ultra-low-power analog and brain-inspired computation, and novel user interfaces which bridge the physical and digital worlds. They employ innovative fabrication techniques and use materials which are biocompatible, cost effective and with a low environmental footprint to enable devices offering high performance and energy efficiency. This technology has the potential to bring to market cheap, virtually imperceptible small/lightweight wearable wellbeing and medical devices.
The Internet of Things team within Surrey’s Institute for Communication Systems develops and deploys multi-sensor units including HomeSense – a system which collects information (such as location, movement, light and noise levels, particulates, temperature, humidity and device use) from within households for social research.
Other sensor suites have been used for sensing environmental conditions in indoor workplaces and mobile air quality. The team is also currently designing customised wearable sensor suits for research into the impact of light exposure on circadian rhythms.