Monday, 23 February 2015

Collaboration with José Alcalá on using NILM for health monitoring

José has recently been visiting our lab in Southampton as part his PhD programme at the University of Alcalá. He's interested in how energy disaggregation can be applied within the healthcare domain, specifically to support elderly people living independently in their own homes. I've really enjoyed the collaboration so far, with José making great use of the data sets we've collected over the past few years. Despite only arriving in September last year, we've achieved a lot and recently co-authored a paper together. I hope José has found the visit useful, with him gaining experience from other members of our lab way beyond the domain of energy disaggregation, in fields such as Gaussian processes.

If you're also studying towards a PhD within the energy disaggregation domain and are interested in visiting our lab as part of your programme, please get in touch!

Friday, 13 February 2015

British Gas to acquire AlertMe

Today, both British Gas and AlertMe pushed out press releases announcing the acquisition of AlertMe by British Gas, for an estimated total of £65m. As a fresh member of British Gas' connected homes team and a long-term customer of AlertMe, I was really excited to hear the news and am eager to be part of the team to build the next generation of domestic energy feedback products. This move makes British Gas' position clear within the Internet of things / connected homes market, and will undoubtedly have a big impact on the field on energy disaggregation in the UK.