SPHERE-a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment

Tom Diethe, Niall Twomey, Peter Flach

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Obesity, depression, stroke, falls, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disease are some of the biggest health issues and fastest-rising categories of healthcare costs. The associated expenditure is widely regarded as unsustainable and the impact on quality of life is felt by millions of people in the UK each day. The vision of the SPHERE IRC is not to develop fundamentally-new sensors for individual health conditions but rather to impact all these healthcare needs simultaneously through data-fusion and pattern-recognition from a common platform of non-medical/environmental sensors at home. The system will be general-purpose, low-cost and scalable. Sensors will be entirely passive, requiring no action by the user and hence suitable for all patients including the most vulnerable. A central hypothesis is that deviations from a user's established pattern of behaviour in their own home have particular, unexploited, diagnostic value.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Structured keywords

  • Jean Golding


  • online learning
  • large scale learning

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