The unprecedented HUman at home projecT (HUT) unites specialists in diverse disciplines from computer science and architecture to psychology.
Data lakesIn their daily life inside a new 3-bedroom apartment with balcony, rented by University of Montpellier, the HUT residents will generate a massive amount of data on movement, eating habits, energy consumption, and more. Stored on a centralized server, these “data lakes”, as well as user feedback, will be finely analyzed by researchers in both “hard” sciences and human and social sciences.
Planned for a duration of three years, with HUT residents changing each September, the program is expected to mobilize a budget of 4 million euros.
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is providing 700,000 euros in funding.
“This research fits in with our Smart City project,” highlighted Montpellier Métropole vice-president Chantal Marion in mid-July, at a platform inauguration taking place at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Sud.
HUT will give researchers an early opportunity to study the usage and acceptance of objects and systems that could equip the apartment (such as a new-generation bicycle for eccentric muscle training), as well as the legal framework regarding private data and ethical conditions for conducting experiments.
* Institute of Electonics and Systems, Dynamics of law, Praxiling, Montpellier Research in Economy, Montpellier Research in Management, Epsylon, Laboratory of Forms, Architectures, and Environments (LIFAM), EuroMov, Muscle dynamics and metabolism (DMeM), Computer Science and Production Engineering Laboratory (LGIIP), Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics, and Microelectronics (LIRMM), and Espace-Dev.