Easing the Smart Home: Translating Human Hierarchies to Intelligent Environments

  • Manuel García–Herranz
  • Pablo A. Haya
  • Xavier Alamán
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5517)


Ubiquitous computing research have extended traditional environments in the so–called Intelligent Environments. All of them use their capabilities for pursuing their inhabitants’s satisfaction, but the ways of getting it are most of the times unclear and frequently unshared among different users. This last problem becomes patent in shared environments in which users with different preferences live together. This article presents a solution translating human hierarchies to the Ubicomp domain, in a continuing effort for leveraging the control capabilities of the inhabitants in their on–growing capable environments. This mechanism, as a natural ubicomp extension of the coordination mechanism used daily by humans, has been implemented over a real environment: a living room equipped with ambient intelligence capabilities, and installed in two more: an intelligent classroom and an intelligent secure room.


Ubiquitous Computing Human-centered computing Rule-based processing Command and control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel García–Herranz
    • 1
  • Pablo A. Haya
    • 1
  • Xavier Alamán
    • 1
  1. 1.AmILab, Ambient Intelligence LaboratoryE.P.S Universidad Autónoma of MadridMadridSpain

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