Profiling on-line communities
We are conducting research using big data approaches to profile the users of certain on-line forums (including parenting, self-harm, suicide and eating disorders). These studies will enable the identification of less obvious at-risk groups and inform schools-based early interventions.
Understanding pathological eating behaviours and parent-child interactions
Parental obesity is linked to both obesity and eating disorders among their children. We are working with UHCW on a project to understand the food- and mealtime-interactions that occur between children and their clinically obese parents.
We are also just starting a project to use machine learning techniques to analyse videos of parent-child eating interactions among both community and eating disorder groups. We will be applying for EPSRC funding for this work.