Nov 29, 2019 | Blog

Notify Insights: PhD student Pingfan Wang joins Notify

by Duncan Davies

One of the things we like to pride ourselves on at Notify is ‘innovation at every level’.

We’re already living this in a variety of ways but part of our strategy has always been to leverage our expertise in data, machine learning, AI and the ‘Internet of Things’.

Whilst our emphasis is on ease and simplicity at the user level for our software, we’ve always known (and recent market research has emphasised) that analytics and AI are going to become more and more expected in software platforms. This is particularly true in our sector, where the end game is to develop software that can predict when someone is going to have an accident and prevent it happening.

In order to prepare us for this future world, we’ve embarked on a three-year collaboration with Northumbria University. This will see us work together with a student undertaking a PhD course in computer science.

Pingfan Wang, who also has a Masters degree in software engineering gained in China, will spend about 50% of his term time at Notify’s Newcastle offices and 50% working on his project within Northumbria University. This project will be around solving a problem that he and Notify will define together over the coming months. The key outcome is a research project that Pingfan works towards for his PhD. Our parallel objective as a business is to see how this cutting edge research can enhance the software that we provide to our clients.

Pingfan hails from a small town in China. He likes software development, data processing and machine learning. He did his MSc in Limerick , Ireland and in his spare time likes to hike, cook, play table tennis and swim.

One of the reasons we selected Pingfan is that he’s already done research into a parallel area for his MSc project. This was around fall detection and he recently presented his MSc paper to a highly-regarded conference in London on his paper: “A hybrid decision making system using image analysis by deep learning and IoT sensor data to detect human falls”.

We’re delighted to welcome Pingfan to the team here at Notify and wish him all the very best in his studies.