DataFest17 is a festival of data innovation run by The Data Lab, with events hosted across Scotland from 20th to 24th March 2017. Scotland is a melting pot of data innovation and the festival will further catalyse activity across the country and showcase Scotland’s leading role in data on the international stage.
Data Lab have awarded a grant of nearly £100,000 to a partnership of RGU, Albyn Housing Society, Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland to develop an effective falls prediction system that can be installed in peoples’ homes. Prof Susan Craw and Dr Stewart Massie will collect data from sensors installed in specially designed ‘FIT Homes’. This is an excellent example of the ways that Artificial Intelligence is beginning to be used to assist and benefit individuals through applications with a social purpose. This project builds on two leading-edge Artificial Intelligence technologies: recognising human activities from real-time sensor data, and understanding these activity profiles to find similarities with the behaviour of other people and to recognise changes in activity patterns. The project will run from 2017 – 2018 and will initially cover 15 new homes and one community space, A further 32 houses, including homes for veterans, will be built in Inverness and the surrounding area.