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Hyperon (S.VANTOLAS & SIA OE – Hyperon OE)

Carpe Diem: Improve citizens’ quality of life with a real life recommender system

Quality of life is a broad concept that covers the general well-being of a person or society, defined in terms of health, happiness and comfort.

Existing smart city solutions capitalize on various aspects that affect the quality of citizens’ life, such as transportation, healthcare and safety, domestic living conditions, ecology and energy, entertainment, information, etc. However, most of the approaches are city-centred and expect a large initial investment that will transform the city infrastructure in order to provide better services to citizens. Citizens are considered service consumers and do not contribute to the reform process.

On the other side, more and more citizens use smartphones (smartphone users globally have surpassed the 1.75 billion mark in 2014), which usually have a data connection and a number of sensors that provide useful data. This creates an opportunity to apply data mining techniques on movement data and recognize people’s daily activities without changing their routine. This information can be further exploited in various applications ranging from healthcare (e.g. fitness application) and transportation (e.g. detection of user’s driving habits) to entertainment (e.g. POI suggestions).

‘Carpe Diem’ is a project that builds on existing knowledge and infrastructure in mobile sensor data analytics and recommender systems. Our goal is to develop a platform where citizens will be able to share anonymously their real life activity information in a transparent way, similar to the way they browse a web site, and receive recommendations that will assist them to improve their quality of life. Recommendations will be based on a crowd-sourcing and collaborative filtering model, but also on information provided at city level. ‘Carpe Diem’ is expected to change citizens’ lives, give useful insights to local government through population analytics and create new marketing opportunities for targeted advertisement to businesses.

The Team

Mr. Spyridon Vantolas is the CEO of Hyperon OE. He received his Master degree in Techno-economical Systems from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Prof. Iraklis Varlamis is an Assistant Professor in Data Management at Harokopio University of Athens. He is an expert in machine learning, data mining and intelligent systems.
Mr. Dionysios Giannoulis received his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras.

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