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Reference Number EP/I000240/1
Title C-AWARE: Enabling Consumer Awareness of Carbon Footprint Through Mobile Service Innovation (Cambridge/Nottingham/Exeter)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 50%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 15%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor D McAuley
No email address given
Computer Science
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2010
End Date 30 June 2012
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £122,790
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region East Midlands
Programme Digital Economy, Energy Multidisciplinary Applications
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor D McAuley , Computer Science, University of Nottingham (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr MC Gillott , Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor T Rodden , Computer Science, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor C O'Malley , Psychology, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Research Partner in China (0.000%)
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Objectives Nore : This grant is linked to grants EP/I000186/1 and EP/I000828/1
Abstract C-AWARE is directed at providing applications to inform consumers of the impact of their behaviour on their carbon footprint, in the context of home energy use and transport. It is a two year feasibility study.There is body of knowledge about sensors, sensor networks, and aggregation of sensor information on which we can build. But while there are a number of systems for monitoring and informingconsumers about energy use, these tend to be closed systems in which the information service provide controls the infrastructure, be this an energy provider, a road traffic information system, or a building management system.The assumptions which underlie this work are threefold:i) that globally deployed solutions will use mobile phones to interact with users (since in many parts of the world this is the only information infrastructure);ii) that there is a gap in our knowledge about how information applications can influence user behaviour both individually and as a collective; andiii) that we require platforms that both give flexibility to allow the rapid evolution of deployed applications, and are commercially viable.This is not a technology development study; the building blocks - sensor networks and mobile handsets - are available. It is an examination of two distinct but interacting challenges:(i) developing and evolving compelling and influential energy information applications; and(ii) providing a large scale commercial platform on which this development and evolution can be undertaken by independent application providers in light of observed behaviour.In each case the specific instances (energy awareness application, sensor aggregation) and general methodologies (user-centric application development, intermediate network services) will be examined. To meet these challenges we have brought together a multidisciplinary team from Cambridge, Nottingham, Exeter, and China Mobile. The expertise includes business modelling, networking and distributed systems, security,psychology, and sociology.China Mobile have allocated $100k in personnel and other costs to this project.China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator are a key partner in this project, having demonstrated a willingness to entertain business models and deploy intermediate services - such as aggregation of sensor information - to allow application innovation by third parties.As well as providing insights into the problems described (and many subproblems) the main output of this project will transferred to commercial exploitation via China Mobile or one of its global partners and via the Horizon Digital Economy Hub at Nottingham and Cambridge
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