From Utility to Social Entity (FUSE) is an interdisciplinary research team at the University of the West of England, Bristol established in 2018. It was set up by funding from the Vice Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Challenge Fund. The team contains a Linguist, a Computer Scientist, a Psychologist, and experts in Emergency Medicine and Experience Design. Our techncial partner is the Conversational AI company Elzware.

Our initial project was LANA, a system for allowing nurses to practice delivering lifestyle and nutritional support to people with type 2 diabetes.

We are developing a bid for a larger project called ROMI, a “virtual artificially intelligent NHS team member” that will offer 24/7 advice and support on type 2 diabetes via mobile phone through conversation.

The core FUSE TEAM

Through the LANA project and on into the ROMI project we have been supported by: