Today, anyone can do research!

People involved: Joel Chevrier

Keywords: low cost, motion, education, sensors

Project Description

Hack your Smartphone yourself: use ubiquitous Low Cost High Tech to have your own Pocket Lab, to do experiments anywhere, to scientifically explore the world your own way and to share observation and knowledge. This is inline with CRI’s main role to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects.
“Doing research is…?”
– Exploring and trying here and now with others everywhere.
– A state of mind based on scientific method and critical mind.

Today, ubiquitous Low Cost High Tech enables anyone to do research anywhere as it:
– Embarks an ever-increasing number of micro-sensors.
– Connects to the world in real time
– Can be equipped with specific pedagogical user interfaces.

However it has not been made for that (far from). Our idea: transform it into great tools for “Doing research is…”

“Hack yourself Low Cost High Tech to do research“ is a project in gestation at the CRI Motion Lab. It is based on an alliance between science and design. Science brings objectivity, scientific method and critical thinking. Design brings out of real/virtual individual/collective interactive interfaces, devices, situations and scenarios. Anybody is offered the benefice of technologically enhanced individual intuition and perception to enter objective and shareable knowledge through research projects. The CRI energizes this fruitful but difficult dialogue: it emphasizes empathy in design and promotes science through research as a tremendously powerful vehicle for anyone to enter, to learn in and to build the world coming.

The project will run with the Motion Lab to explore:
tools, interfaces, situations and scenarios, which can trigger heterogeneous nucleation and even be viral in various contexts: first education but also health, sports, crafts and arts…
A CRI lab model based on mentors and students working together.
Intense links with Les Savanturiers to enter class projects: association of students and teachers to “Hack yourself Low Cost High Tech to do research”.
Collaborations with high-level actors in design, computer sciences, machine learning, audio-video representation… Paris: IRCAM, ENSCI, Gaité Lyrique; Shenzhen: OpenFIESTA and Shenzhen startup environment (SEEED…); Rest of the world: now insufficient more needed.
An open platform, a place where people and information gather to do and flow through: projects, workshops, conferences, lectures, ideas…

Find our more more discussion about movement and AI from Joel’s recent article in The Conversation:  “How artificial intelligence will transform how we gesture”


Alternative schools in France

People involved:
Amélia Legavre
François Taddéi

Keywords: Education / Pedagogy / Well-being / Alternative Schools

Project description

Title: Alternative schools in France : what can they teach us about french educational system evolution ?

The aim of this project, mixing education science, political science, and sociology, is to make clearer the origins and the impact of the innovative schools into the French educational system, exploring global theories of educational change processes. The number of this type of schools, using unusual pedagogies and focusing on student well-being, is growing fast and rise a lot of questions without being academically studied.

First of all, we need a clear description of this schools and the learning approach they use. Innovation in education is not new, and these schools take inspiration from old pedagogies but also from some recent disciplines in the education field, like neurosciences or positive psychology. Ethnographic immersions will help us create of a typology of this schools, in order to understand the diversity of alternative education, and their societal motivations. Nevertheless, their rise is quite unusual and makes us wonder about the nowadays’ factors fostering this growth.

I would like to underline that these schools are part of a larger movement of alternative education, made by organisations which seem to recognize themselves as part of a social network. What looks quite unusual is that this movement does not mean to remain an alternative participating into education, but really aim to change the French educational system. Using networks analysis approach, we’ll be able to show how technology and online networks tend to play a role in education’s evolution.

Finally, I will analyse the social impact of such schools into the french system. I will study the three main stakeholders and changemakers in the education system : parents ; teachers ; administration. Using both qualitative and quantitative approach, I will ask them about their opinions and choices, taking alternative schools as an excuse to tackle the pedagogical evolution issue.

Open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance

People involved:
Guy Aidelberg
Ariel Lindner
Jessica Vanhomwegen

Project webpage: link1 – link2

Keywords: Public Health, Viral Diagnostics, Open science, Participatory Science, Epidemiology, Biology, Education, Vector surveillance, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya

Project description
Title : Towards open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance of emerging viral pandemics: Latin American arboviruses as a test case

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus which can cause severe neurological disorders, spreading rapidly through the America, a public health emergency of international concern. Current diagnostic tests are inadequate, expensive and unavailable where they are needed most.

We propose to develop, optimize and deploy an affordable, reliable, easy to use, rapid, and robust kit for rural and low-income use for the detection of arboviruses, both on human samples for diagnosis as well as on mosquitoes for surveillance purposes.

The kit will utilize isothermal amplification techniques coupled to a smartphone app and sensor to collect and disseminate acquired data, providing new types of useful information for infectious disease monitoring, modeling, and prediction. Kit will be widely deployed, includi

My Mind Matters Quiz / Online mental health recommendation tool

People involved:
Anirudh Krishnakumar
Jon Clucas
Ariel Lindner
Arno Klein

Keywords: Mental health, Innovative Technologies, Citizen Science

Project description

The Innovative Technologies Lab at the Child Mind Institute in New York is developing and applying technologies such as smartphone apps, wearable devices, and computer games for use in assessing, tracking, predicting, or alleviating mental health disorders in children and adolescents. In partnership with the CRI we are building the world’s largest open, online resource of technologies related to mental health. The goal is to build online tools to help people (1) assess their own mental health through a comprehensive, adaptive questionnaire and (2) find appropriate mental health technologies.

Comprehensive, adaptive, online mental health assessment questionnaire

There are a multitude of survey instruments used for assessing different mental health conditions that are for the most part proprietary, expensive, redundant and limited to one or a few diagnoses. To overcome these limitations, we are building a database of mental health diagnoses, symptoms, and assessment questionnaires, and will derive a comprehensive set of unique (non-redundant) questions from these questionnaires and organize them to create an adaptive, online, free questionnaire. Anyone in the world will be able to use this comprehensive questionnaire to help diagnose and monitor symptoms. Responses to the questionnaire will in turn dynamically update the normative standards used to diagnose and assess symptom severity. These new standards are intended to supplant existing standards that were derived from old, static data sets representing small populations.

Online mental health recommendation tool

For individuals with symptoms of a mental health condition, we intend to build an online tool to direct them to relevant resources and technologies. We have begun manually collecting information on apps, computer games, and community initiatives. To scale this up, we will make use of APIs to access information about relevant smartphone applications in Apple’s and Google’s app stores. We will derive a comprehensive set of queries to search for and organize these apps. The primary challenge will be to provide reliable quantitative measures indicating the relative usefulness of these apps. To do so, we will gather information about the apps not just from their source, but from other sources, including biomedical journal articles in PubMed. We will reach out to the developers of the top-ranked apps to complete and verify information about their apps as a quality control of content in the database and refine our evaluation measures.

Our vision is to empower people to not only learn about and track mental health through these consolidated and transparently evaluated resources, but to provide feedback to improve the accuracy of our assessment and recommendation tools.
Publication and deliverables

CRI Research Seminar: Sensors for Tracking Mental Health