The Smart Hospital Living Lab is an umbrella program involving multiple technology projects at the University of Melbourne in partnership with hospitals and industry. The main purpose of the lab is to improve how hospitals run. We strive to turn ideas into practical applications through quick prototyping and iteration. The lab develops technology with two objectives:
Improve hospital safety
Improve the safety of hospital operations, e.g. by reducing medication errors.
Improve hospital logistics
Improves the logistics and operations of hospitals, e.g. through improved patient tracking.
The lab is based in the School of Computing at the University of Melbourne. Our technological expertise that spans three key aspects of ubiquitous computing and human-centred design:
- Interactive Systems: Development of interactive systems through software and hardware development.
- Intelligent Sensing: Use of sensors, machine learning, and actuators, to develop systems that react intelligently to human behaviour.
- Real-world deployments: Expertise with real-world deployments in hospitals and “in-the-wild” settings.
A key characteristic of our work is that we adopt a “Living Lab” approach. This means that the work is closely situated in hospitals, where we are embedded with the stakeholders and ultimate users of our work. Additionally, we work with stakeholders to clearly identify the problem that we seek to solve, and following an exploration process we then prototype, deploy, and evaluate the technology in its intended environment. This cycle of activities repeats continuously, each time improving some aspect of the technology we are developing.
Tracking staff and patients in the operating theatres, to ensure surgeries start on time. This project uses low-engergy beacons handed out to staff and patients.
Developing a pillbox that uses spectroscopy to identify which pills are placed on it. This project aims to reduce medication errors.
Innovating the process of prosthesis fabrication using 3D scanning and printing technologies to reduce fabrication time and costs, and enhance patient care.
Development of 3D-printed clamp for IV lines. Using spectroscopy, it verifies in real-time the liquids inside the IV line. This project aims to reduce medication errors.
Developing sensing technologies that can monitor how well people wash their hands, and whether they wash their hands at the right time.
Using augmented reality to improve the experience of surgeons during operations, and particularly to enhance the education of trainee surgeons.
Improving our ability to predict how many people visit a hospital’s Emergency Department, based on contextual and environmental factors.
Developing smartphone software to monitor patients’ behaviour and lifestyle in and out of the hospital.
The partners of the Smart Hospital Living Lab include:
|Prof. Vassilis Kostakos, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Dr. Jorge Goncalves, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Dr. Eduardo Velloso, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Dr. Tilman Dingler, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Dr. Simon D’Alfonso, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Prof. Peter Brooks, Director of Research||Northern Health|
|Dr. Bill Shearer, Executive Director of Quality Safety and Transformation||Northern Health|
|A/Prof Craig Aboltins, Director or Infectious Diseases||Northern Health|
|Anthony Gust, Director of Knowledge Management||Northern Health|
|Prof. Fiona Newall, Director of Nursing Research||Royal Children’s Hospital|
|Dr Amy Gray, Director of Medical Education||Royal Children’s Hospital|
|Prof. Andrew Davidson, Medical Director, MCTC||Murdoch Children’s Research Institute|
|A/Prof. Andrew Bucknill, Head of Orthopaedics||The Royal Melbourne Hospital|
|Dr. David Love, Orthopaedic Surgeon||The Royal Melbourne Hospital|
|Gabriele Marini, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Niels van Berkel, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Chu Luo, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Danula Hettiachchi, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Senuri Wijenayake, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
|Weiwei Jiang, Computing & Information Systems||University of Melbourne|
- Main Contact
- Professor Vassilis Kostakos
- +61 3903 58966
- Room 9.03, Doug McDonell Building 168
School of Computing & Information Systems
University of Melbourne
VIC-3010 Parkville, Australia