Driving behavioural change of BYOBottle by smart data and innovation (SSC Smart Meters Project)
Project Description

Urban Spring Smart Meters project is a Sustainable Smart Campus project. This project has 2 main objectives:

1. To cultivate the Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) behaviour through multi-level data visualization and innovative user interaction.
2. To provide more effective dispensers and filter management for the facilities team using real-time data.

Urban Spring Smart Water Meters will be plugged into 50 drinking water dispensers at HKUST to read water consumption & operational data in order to enable efficient drinking water facility management and to demystify water quality to the HKUST community. Through connecting to a cloud database with NB-IoT connectivity, critical information such as flow rate, temperature, and filter capacity are collected for management purposes. With public dashboard display and individual bottle-tracking, users will see their collective and personal environmental footprints regarding single-use plastic bottles and water consumption. In this project, students will be working together with faculty as well as the design and analytic team of Urban Spring to work on user experience design, data analysis & visualization, and intervention research.

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Applicant's Roles

Throughout the project the student will be involved in the following research tasks:
1. survey analysis and data visualization
2. planning and implementation of user intervention strategies
3. data analysis of (real time) water use data on campus and design of dashboards for user engagement
4. preparation and conduct of focus group interviews
5. literature review on existing consumer behavior initiatives in the area of "Bring your own bottle/container"
6. student workshop preparation

Applicant's Learning Objectives

At the end of the UROP, the student is expected to have developed or improved their skills to:
1. effectively display survey results and utilize them to plan behavioral intervention strategies and focus group interviews
2. manage large data sets, visualize key trends and utilize findings for environmental education purposes
3. effectively conduct literature reviews and use citation software for reference management

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