Ambient Intelligence: Basic Concepts and Applications

  • Juan Carlos Augusto
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 10)


Ambient Intelligence is a multi-disciplinary approach which aims to enhance the way environments and people interact with each other. The ultimate goal of the area is to make the places we live and work in more beneficial to us. Smart Homes is one example of such systems but the idea can be also used in relation to hospitals, public transport, factories and other environments. The achievement of Ambient Intelligence largely depends on the technology deployed (sensors and devices interconnected through networks) as well as on the intelligence of the software used for decision-making. The aims of this article are to describe the characteristics of systems with Ambient Intelligence, to provide examples of their applications and to highlight the challenges that lie ahead, especially for the Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering communities.


Ambient Intelligence Software Engineering Knowledge Engineering Sensor Networks Smart Homes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Carlos Augusto
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  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of UlsterJordanstownU.K.

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