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Using digital sensors to understand activity in the home




This event is free to attend.

Speaker: Professor Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

Series: NatCen-ESS ERIC-City methodology seminar series


HomeSense, digital sensors in social research 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, HomeSense will summarise their work so far and review what they have learned since the project started in February 2016.

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11.00am - 12.30pmThursday 11th May 2017

NatCen Social Research 35 Northampton Square London EC1V 0AX United Kingdom

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