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Artificial Intelligence Techniques to help Critically Ill Hospital Patients

Some very ill patients in hospitals are placed in special wards called Intensive Care Units where they get much more attention from doctors and nurses. Most people have normal temperatures and heart rates which remain roughly the same over long periods. However, in very ill patients many of these measurements quickly change from being very low to very high. To help the doctors and nurses treat these patients, these measurements are recorded and stored inside a computer. This information is used by the doctors and nurses when they are looking after the patient, but they tend not to study it later for patterns and unusual events. Using Artificial Intelligence techniques, Aberdeen scientists have recently discovered that some Intensive Care patients are having minor heart attacks (which can be very serious for these already sick patients); we are also now looking for other 'nasty' happenings. Later we hope to prevent some of these (nasty) events happening to these very sick patients.

Group Recommendation

Recommender systems offer suggestions of items to try or buy. For example, based on books you have liked in the past, you may be recommended new books to read. Sometimes, recommendations are needed for a group rather than an individual. For example, a recommender system may select television programmes for a group to view together or songs to listen to, based on what it knows about the tastes of group members. Aberdeen scientists have investigated how a computer can decide what is good for a group. For example, they found that people care about fairness and avoiding misery: everybody in the group should have some songs they really like, and it is best to avoid songs one person really hates.

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Mary: walking coach

Persuasive Technology and Digital Behaviour Intervention

Can a web site persuade you to be politically active? Can a mobile phone motivate you to exercise? Does instant feedback on petrol use change how people drive? Aberdeen scientists investigate how digital technology can motivate and influence people. They are interested in designing computers that change attitudes and behaviors in positive ways. Persuasive technology has a great practical potential, for instance to improve health (encouraging people to drink less alcohol, stop smoking, exercise more, eat more healthily) and to move towards sustainable living (encouraging people to use less energy, recycle, use public transport).

 
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