Sherna Salim is in the first year of her PhD at Nottingham Trent University
The UK government has committed to reduce 80% of its carbon footprint by the year 2050. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has predicted that the number of people above 60 years of age will nearly double by 2050.
Sherna’s research takes a fresh look at these two challenges by addressing the need to ensure older populations can live independently while also reducing the impact urbanisation has on our carbon footprint.
She is working on developing an ‘Intelligent Building’ which continuously measures energy efficiency, health and well-being in correlation with occupant behaviour. It will also identify opportunities to improve both. Her research project, which is consolidating her previous engineering and product design skills, will explore innovative approaches for assisted living and smart home technology.