Bluetooth dosimeter - COVID 19 topical!
Contact tracing is a contentious issue and fraught with technical problems. However, a simple “bluetooth dosimeter” which records unique bluetooth devices you have seen and when (after discarding your own, housemates and neighbours!) is an index of how much social contact you may have had. If we presented this to people and showed them the times of day etc they were in busy places, perhaps even augmented with their location data, this might form the basis for behaviour change to reduce exposure, e.g. avoiding busy shopping or travel times. As with the COVID tracing on iPhone and Android, if attempting to do this bluetooth tracking in an app on a phone it would need to run all the time, or be builtin by Apple and/or Google. Instead we could use a simple arduino or raspberry pi (like) device which could be always on in your pocket and simply download the data once a day (when plugged in to recharge) to a platform for visualization. We can supply the hardware if anyone is interested in building the system and visualization, possibly linking to location data and perhaps even as a stretch goal running a few trials with users. This project can be in any language supported on your choosen HW platform.
Online corpus linguistics
Given a plugin framework - make up your own plugin based on text being read on web page: readability? harmful language? angry conten? etc
The Carbon Intensity service (https://www.carbonintensity.org.uk) offers an API to obtain predictions of electricity grid carbon intensity. Considering specifically at home electric vehicle charging as a use case, the project is to write an optimization system that given a predicted demand (a schedule of upcoming electric car journeys), uses the carbon intensity API to generate the best times during which to charge the vehicle to minimise the carbon footprint and continuously update it based on unanticpated usage (e.g. unscheduled quick trip to shops). The demands will be based on a series of personas (9-5 office worker car communter, nurse car commuter on shift pattern, community worker, car only evenings and weekend, etc), to exercise the optimization.