New research projects launched

Welcome to 2018! Our new generation of seed-funded interdisciplinary research projects are here and already firing up some fascinating insights and conversations around the Institute. This year we have eleven new seed-funded projects. Come take a look at the range of research interests Networked Society Institute will be exploring this year.

Artificial Intelligence and Bipolar Disorder

Artificial Intelligence and Bipolar Disorder

This project is developing a novel artificial intelligence solution to predict and prevent clinical relapse in bipolar disorder using smartphone electronic biomarkers. It includes researchers from Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Melbourne School of Engineering, Computing and Information Systems, Infrastructure Engineering, and the University of Nottingham.

Coworking Ecologies and the Future of Work

Coworking Ecologies and the Future of Work

This project examines coworking spaces in Victoria in the context of scholarly and popular discourses on the ‘future of work’. The project researches coworking from three perspectives: ethnographic, structural and cultural. It involves researchers from School of Culture and Communications, School of Geography, Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Design, and Research Unit in Public Culture.

Fighting Fake News

Fighting Fake News

A project to better understand how people come to believe in misinformation and misconceptions in the networked society, this project uses a proof-of-concept approach using data and analytics to predict when and how to introduce interventions to help people develop skill in critically evaluating the information they are exposed to online. It includes researchers from Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, School of BioSciences, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Computing and Information Systems, and School of Psychological Sciences.

virtual reality tent embassy

Immersive Education in Aboriginal History

The aim of this pilot project is to bridge gaps in Aboriginal History education by consolidating political histories of Aboriginal activism with knowledge generated by student experiences within a virtual reality environment. This virtual environment is a proof-of-concept created in the NSI Lab that replicates audio-visual content resourced from the Aboriginal History Archive (AHA). The project involves researchers from e-Scholarship Research Centre, Moondani Balluk Academic Centre, University of Newcastle, and University of Technology Sydney.

Personalised Care for Type Two Diabetes (T2D)

This project is exploring the clinical reasoning that clinicians and patients use when personalising glucose targets and treatments to develop a prototype clinical decision support tool based on algorithms developed from this clinical reasoning. The prototype will form the basis of a configurable, generic application for multiple health conditions that can be incrementally developed and deployed in general practice and related sectors. It is a collaboration between researchers from Department of General Practice, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, Deakin University and Networked Society Institute.

Project MyCampus

MyCampus aims to research and develop a “Crowdsourcing Platform for Social Apps and Ubiquitous Computing” to facilitate the experimentation with Smart City and IoT solutions by creating a rapid prototyping environment. This project involves researchers from Melbourne School of Design, Computing and Information Services, and Facilities Services.

A Sensor-Enabled Campus

There is a problem enabling Internet of Things (IoT) operations across the University. This project is seeking to develop an infrastructure to enable deploying IoT and making IoT observations accessible through a standard interface. It includes researchers from Infrastructure Engineering, Architecture, Building and Planning, University Services and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Smoke Taint in the Digital Vineyard

This project follows on from our Digital Vineyard project. It proposes a non-invasive detection system for smoke contaminants in leaves, canopies and berries using remote sensing techniques through proximal (for leaves and berries) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for canopies. The project connects researchers from Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Platform (MUASIP), University of Adelaide and North West University of Agriculture and Forestry in China.

Social Robots for Older People

This project explores the feasibility and acceptance of robots as companions for providing a sense of security and emotional/social support for older adults. Through a socio-technical lens, the project will examine the technical, social, and ethical challenges associated with using social robots in this setting. It involves researchers from Computing and Information Services, Social and Political Sciences, Australian Catholic University and Human Centered Innovations working in partnership with aged care providers.

Virtual Reality Limbs

This project will combine stimulating virtual reality environments with real-time biomechanical data from wearable sensors to facilitate highly motivating and personalised rehabilitation for stroke and brain injury patients. It is a collaboration between researchers from Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Medicine.

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