Mrs Visalakshmi Suresh

Lakshmi left the BESiDE team in 2015 to join a private corporation as a principle software architect.


My research interests within BESiDE involve developing information management infrastructure for indoor localisation sensors to understand the movements of the elderly residents in care home environments. The role involves planning, refining, analysing and communicating the data from sensing systems to aid the investigation of how the care home buildings impact on the health and wellbeing of the residents.

Skills: Database Design, Programming, Distributed Event processing, Technology design and architecture, Data Analysis

  • Co-design Workshop in Newcastle - Designers, Technologists & Users create personalised wearables

    A Workshop

    BESiDE designers and technologists visited a local care home in Newcastle to co-design wearable carriers for location logging devices. This home will be the first of our partner care homes to trial these devices in a live five-day study. Having built a relationship with this care home, and its staff and residents,  technologists will be on hand throughout the trial to augment and maintain the technology and wearables whilst being worn. This particular care home specialises in care provision for adults who have learning disabilities or complex communication needs.

  • Platform for data analysis within BESiDE

    Within BESiDE, researchers are using a workflow based approach to analyse the data collected from the sensing devices deployed in the care homes. Accelerometers are being used to measure the physical activity of individual participants within multiple care homes. The participants from the care homes are provided with accelerometers and data is being collected from registered participants across various care homes.

  • Indoor Location: Ground Truth

    The BESIDE project is building an understanding of the behaviour of residents in care homes. Part of this understanding requires a record of the location of residents as they move around the care home. The BESIDE team are investigating various technologies to provide this indoor location, but how do we evaluate the accuracy of these technologies? Some method of comparing the location data with a known "ground truth" is required.

  • First trials of BESiDE Indoor Location Sensor

    The BESiDE technology team developed a sensing and information management infrastructure for recording location and activity data. Devices were customised to monitor the location and activity of residents inside care homes. To solve the problem of getting accurate location information, the application of two different technologies: WiFi and Bluetooth were considered.  We ruled out ultrasound due to the limiting factors of size and battery requirements.