A Smart Interactive House (a House in the IoT)

Smart interactive houses have since long been the subject of several conversations, commercial advertisings. In fact there are several manufacturers that have developed proprietary protocols for controlling devices but as their offer is either limited in the variety of supported devices or they are too expensive we have not seen any massive adherence to their use. This is one side of the story, the other side comes from the type of usage that these systems permit to use, and their more os less complicated and limited interfaces. We can say that frequently these systems enable one to do everything that he or she does not need. More recently automatic profiles have been supported by some of these systems that enable a given preset configuration to be selected at particular times, or when a user arrives or leaves home. The aim of this project is to develop an extensible platform that will perform the integration of signals from a network of sensors, such as cameras, PIR, temperature, noise, among others. This will create the basis for the analysis of behaviours of people, in particular for aged people to detect abnormal and risky situations, such as falls, strokes, excessive immobility, etc...

 Work plan:

  1. Report on the state of the art of technologies for intelligent spaces dedicated to support ageing or handicapped people
  2. Requirements analysis
  3. Deployment  of sensing network of sensors and actuators suitable for the targeted users.
  4. Development of algorithms to support the automatic detection of needs, critical situations and adaptation of the environment.
  5. Integration of services for remote control & status checking via webservices (e.g. Apple Homekit).
  6. Test, evaluation and report.

 Supervision: Prof. Paulo Menezes