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Tauranga Public Lecture Series: Wearable Technology and Personal Monitoring - Evidence and Ethics, by Dr Judy Bowen

Dr Bowen
Date Monday 5 August 2019
Time 6pm
Where Lecture Theatre, Level 2, The University of Waikato, Tauranga CBD Campus, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Dr Judy Bowen
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email jkearney@waikato.ac.nz
Admission Cost Free

The rise in popularity of wearable technologies (such as fitness trackers) as well as the availability of cheap and lightweight sensors, has led to an increase of technology focussed around the Internet of Things (IoT). One popular use-case is the collection of personal data from people to infer certain properties (sleep monitoring, fitness measuring, fatigue identification) and this is increasingly being seen as a way to use technology in the workplace, to support workers and work efficiency in a number of different ways. In this talk, Dr Bowen will discuss a particular example: monitoring forestry workers to identify fatigue to reduce accidents. Alongside the technical challenges of conducting such monitoring in uncontrolled work settings, there are also ethical challenges to consider relating to data ownership and use. Dr Bowen will discuss this in the context of her recent work and ongoing collaboration with the forestry industry.

Dr Judy Bowen is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Waikato. Her research is in the area of the design and implementation of safety-critical interactive systems, particularly the integration of informal user interface design methods with formal software development processes. Recently this has included incorporating data management and quality of life effects into software engineering processes for IoT. This is focussed around work that investigates the use of wearable technology to support workers in hazardous environments.

This free event will be held on Monday 5 August in the Lecture Theatre, Level 2 of the new University of Waikato, Tauranga CBD Campus on Durham St. Complimentary refreshments will be served from 5.15pm. The lecture will begin at 6.00pm and finish at 7.00pm.

Registration for this lecture is essential - please register here.