There are a number of ways that devices connected to the web can help improve the quality of life and health of the elderly. This picture depicts a 2012 trial of ‘ambient assisted technology’ by Siemens in the homes of people aged 50 or over in Potsdam, Germany (credit: Siemens)
Technology connected to the web can help improve the quality of life of older people and also act as an important monitor on their health.
That’s according to Professor Gregory O’Hare, based at UCD’s CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies.
Ambient assisted living is the term giving to the linking of web-enabled devices that can do everything from sending out a warning to a GP, if an older person hasn’t moved, to reminding them that it’s time to watch their favourite TV show.
LISTEN: Interview with Prof Gregory O’Hare
Broadcast on Science Spinning on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 19-04-2012
The human-like robot, pictured here, called COG, is one of the exciting projects under development at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the US (Credit: Sam Ogden)
Ireland has many promising and talented young researchers. One of those is Dr James McDermott, who has just returned to the UCD following a stint at the famous MIT Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab.
James, who is based at the Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) is working in the ‘exploding’ area of evolutionary computation. This is the field where computer scientists are gaining inspiration from Darwinian evolution to design advanced computers that can better learn, change and evolve.
We discussed the latest developments in evolutionary computation and artificial intelligence with James, as well as his experience of working with some of the world’s most talented computer scientists at MIT.
LISTEN: Interview with Dr James McDermott
Broadcast on Science Spinning on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 22.03.2012
Living on Mars will involve recycling of human waste and making use of the planet’s resources (Credit: NASA)
LISTEN HERE: Cloud Computing, Living on Mars
Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM, Science Spinning with Seán Duke, on 02/06/2011
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