DELONELINESS: research project led by King's Engineering
From Lucy Emanuel
The ‘DELONELINESS’ project aims to design a smart monitoring and communication system with multifunctional electronics built into textiles used as wearables and home furniture to measure loneliness levels in older people. Refining methods of identifying loneliness in those who are isolated will allow timely and effective intervention.
Led by Dr Wei Liu from Department of Engineering, DELONELINESS is an interdisciplinary project bringing in experts from Social Gerontology, Psychology, Design, Smart Composite Material, and Artificial Intelligence to shape a world class consortium of universities, industries, NGOs and policy makers, including colleagues from King’s – Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng, Head of School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences and Professor Anthea Tinker CBE, Director of the King’s Institute of Social Gerontology; academic collaborators - Professor Yu Shi, Director of Smart Composite Group from University of Chester, and Dr Faith Matcham in the School of Psychology from University of Sussex; and non-academic partners including KYMIRA Ltd, Housing LIN Ltd, policy experts and the general public.