Evaluation of the Human Factor in the Scheduling of Smart Appliances in Smart Grids

  • Jânio Monteiro
  • Pedro J. S. Cardoso
  • Rita Serra
  • Licínia Fernandes
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


Recently there has been an increase of interest in implementing a new set of home appliances, known as Smart Appliances that integrate Information Technologies, the Internet of Things and the ability of communicating with other devices. While Smart Appliances are characterized as an important milestone on the path to the Smart Grid, by being able to automatically schedule their loads according to a tariff or reflecting the power that is generated using renewable sources, there is not a clear understanding on the impact that the behavior of such devices will have in the comfort levels of users, when they shift their working periods to earlier, or later than, a preset time. Given these considerations, in this work we analyse the results of an assessment survey carried out to a group of Home Appliance users regarding their habits when dealing with these machines and the subjective impact in quality caused by either finishing its programs before or after the time limit set by the user. The results of this work are expected to be used as input for the evaluation of load scheduling algorithms running in energy management systems.


Smart Grids Home Grids Human Factor Comfort Level Smart Appliances Mean Opinion Score 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jânio Monteiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pedro J. S. Cardoso
    • 1
  • Rita Serra
    • 1
  • Licínia Fernandes
    • 1
  1. 1.ISEUniversity of AlgarvePortugal
  2. 2.INOVLisbonPortugal

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