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Newcastle Discover: Mind the gap! Today’s data for tomorrow’s innovation

Newcastle Discover: Mind the gap! Today’s data for tomorrow’s innovation

Thursday 27 January 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 (GMT)

Today’s data leads tomorrow’s innovation, in society, healthcare and cities. Join us to hear about two of the latest research projects from Newcastle.

The idea that ‘smart cities’ can help produce healthier, happier and better off citizens is widespread. But how should these technologies be implemented, to ensure that all residents benefit equally? 

Professor Rachel Franklin reviews one aspect of the smart city apparatus: sensor networks. Typically distributed across the urban landscape, these networks collect real-time data about the local environment, including indications of traffic, noise, air quality, or footfall. However not all parts of the city (or all residents) can be covered by sensors. Using a case study example of Newcastle upon Tyne, Rachel discusses the sensor equity dilemma, offering a potential solution to the challenge of spatial inequality and sensor deserts. 

The second project looks at how the way we walk, our gait, can tell us a lot about our health and body. Gait data has the potential to enhance diagnosis, disease monitoring and prediction of changes in a range of health conditions including Parkinson’s and Dementia. 

Professor Lynn Rochester shares her team’s steps towards transforming data into actionable insights to advance research, therapeutic development and clinical management. 

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with Prof. Rachel Franklin, Prof. Lynn Rochester and Prof. Steve Caughey (Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data).