Article: Smart Newry Project wins £5K from Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund

Innovation, Open Data, Open Space

Smart Newry Project wins £5K from Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund

A Newry 2020 organization Smart Newry has been awarded almost £5000 for the development and enhancement of the Smart Newry Project, a community-based open environmental data platform.

“It is great to see how the Open Data Fund has expanded to include a Covid-19 specific category and to see the innovative projects which have come forward in this category.  “These include a real-time analytics dashboard on the vaccine roll-out, a project to tackle online disinformation about Covid as well as funding a Masters student analyzing the use of Belfast Bikes before and during the pandemic.”

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Article: Developing Galea: An open source tool at the intersection of VR and neuroscience

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Developing Galea: An open source tool at the intersection of VR and neuroscience

Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly being used for therapeutic purposes and for neuroscience and psychology research. Having access to real-time physiological and brain data in such experiments is highly desirable. Even still, nothing has compared to the wave of interest we are experiencing today with conferences, concerts, and meetings moving into VR due to the pandemic.

My name is Guillermo Bernal, a PhD candidate in the Fluid Interfaces group. As part of my research, I developed hardware that facilitates monitoring physiological signals from VR users.  In 2018, my collaborators and I published a project called PhysioHMD in response to the growing need to make VR experiences a bit more meaningful.

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