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EU projects: PULSE (Smart Healthy Cities)



PULSE is a visionary project aimed at transforming public health from a reactive to a predictive system using heterogeneous data from numerous sources.


Risk and Resilience in Cities 

Working with the cities of Paris, Barcelona, Birmingham, New York and Singapore, the PULSE project will harvest open city data, clinical data, and data from satellites and fixed and mobile sensors. We will develop stratified population models of chronic disease risk and environmental exposure.  Our focus is on two major chronic diseases in adult populations (the respiratory disease of Asthma, and the metabolic disease of Type 2 Diabetes).

We will design and build a unique cyber-physical-human system comprised of mobile applications, personal devices, augmented objects, an integrated sensor system and a citizen science platform to detect, measure and monitor health risk and promote health resilience.


Big Data Value and Public Health

Deploying a Health in All Policies (HiAP) perspective, and a ‘whole-of-city’ model, PULSE will integrate and analyse data from the health, environment, planning and transport sectors in each city. PULSE will pioneer the development and testing of dynamic spatio-temporal health impact assessments using geocoded population-based data. PULSE will also develop simulation models of potential policy scenarios to allow decision-makers, citizens and businesses to ascertain the impact of proposed policies, and Communities of Practice and a Learning Platform to encourage the use of a HiAP approach in cities. 

The project will culminate in the establishment of Public Health Observatories in each urban location. These observatories will serve as linked hubs that use knowledge-driven processes and big data to shape inter-sectorial public policy and service provision, support citizen health, and encourage entrepreneurship in the fields of data science and mobile health.


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LinkedIn group: PULSE (Participatory Urban Living for Sustainable Environments)





Grant agreement nº727816


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