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SMILE Project Brunel Page

Principal investigator(s)
Dr Steven Sam
External Principal investigator(s)
Dr Sylvia Fasuluku, District Medical Officer Western Area Rural, Sierra Leone
Mr Sylvester Darlington Macauley, Country Director, Mamie Foundation Sierra Leone

(Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

Project | 01
Project | 01 SMILE - System for monitoring infants in low-resource environments

I am a co-investigator in the SMILE project that explores the potential of wearable Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to remotely monitor and capture several parameters and data for detecting and preventing health conditions (e.g., preterm, tetanus) in infants in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is among the countries in the world with the highest infant mortality rates, estimated at 39 per 1000 live births – this is three times higher than the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of 12 infant deaths per 1000 live births by 2030. The main aim of this project is to assist efforts to reduce infant deaths through developing culturally appropriate, people-led design of wearable IoT solutions to i) facilitate remote monitoring of infant health and detection of critical illness in non-clinical settings and ii) improve healthcare access and ethical and FAIR data sharing between parents and health workers in Sierra Leone.

Project | 02
Project | 02 Trust in home: rethinking interface design in the Internet of Things (THRIDI)

IoT systems need to be discussed from a view of UX/UI and IoT design. A rudimentary and catch-all approach to safeguard IoT systems is through access control infrastructures, which require high levels of privacy and security expertise to administer them. This area is currently an under-research requiring interdisciplinary expertise from computer science, communications engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, user-centric design, and law. To this end, the THRIDI project fills a critical gap by using creative design approaches in eliciting understandings around the perceptions of the functions, value and ethics of IoT smart home devices among multidisciplinary stakeholders.

Project | 03
Project | 03 Networking with Microbit

A Micro:bit book presenting a series of activities to teach the basics of computer networks. Each chapter introduces exciting challenges in radio communication and networking with micro:bits. After every few chapters, there's an exciting game to look forward to! 


Understanding how computers talk to each other is something that we think is important, which is why we wrote this book. We've enjoyed designing the tasks and challenges in the book, and we hope you do too.

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