Publications / 2016 Proceedings of the 33rd ISARC, Auburn, USA

An Extended Ambient Intelligence Implementation for Enhanced Human-Space Interaction

Alexander Liu Cheng and Henriette H. Bier
Pages 778-786 (2016 Proceedings of the 33rd ISARC, Auburn, USA, ISBN 978-1-5108-2992-3, ISSN 2413-5844)

This paper proposes an extended Ambient Intelligence (AmI) solution that expresses intelligence with respect to both Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and spatial reconfiguration in the built-environment. With respect to the former, a solution based on a decentralized yet unified Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is proposed. This is deployed across exterior, interior, and wearable domains, equipped with heterogeneous platforms across embedded and ambulant nodes, and open to a variety of proprietary and non-proprietary communication protocols. With respect to the latter, a corresponding functionally and physically reconfigurable built-environment pertinent to the Adaptive Architecture discourse is revisited. The ICTs component aims to demonstrate the advantages of a cohesive and interoperable heterogeneity distributed along local and web-based proprietary and non-proprietary services over a prevalent locally based homogeneity with respect to both development platforms and communication protocols in a WSN. The architectural component aims to demonstrate that a highly adaptive and transformable built-environment is better suited to complement and to sustain assistive as well as interventive services enabled by said WSN. As a unified solution, the proposal showcases that the merging of technological and architectural considerations in the design of an intelligent environment enables more intuitive solutions that actively adapt to, interact with, intervene on the user to promote comfort and well-being via computational as well as physical feedback-loops.

Keywords: Ubiquitous Computing, Adaptive Architecture, Wireless Sensor Networks, Ambient Intelligence.