Issue IV

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Ambient Intelligence

Volume: 2007, No. IV

Date: August 2007

Guest Editors: Julio Abascal-González, Alberto Lafuente-Rojo, Yang Cai and Tom Gross

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Ambient Intelligence

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is a techno-scientific proposal aimed at creating "intelligent" environments which adapt to the needs, tastes and interests of the people who live within those environments, and help them carry out all kinds of tasks related to their daily life, work, leisure, etc.

The technology that will support these environments has been in the works for several years: wired and wireless networks, mobile and ubiquitous computing, new interaction devices, wearable modules, sensor networks, energy-efficient systems, etc. Nevertheless, a number of challenges are still to be met: miniaturization, autonomy, security, reliability, etc. Ambient Intelligence will offer intelligent services based on techniques such as automatic learning, language, gesture and even mood recognition, adaptable and intelligent interfaces, etc. These techniques, though currently in active development, still need to be improved and adapted to the requirements of this new discipline.

The European Union has made a special effort in defining the technological objectives of AmI and in focusing R&D workforces in order to meet AmI goals. The EU has also managed to transmit the AmI concept through the description of a series of theoretical scenarios which show how Ambient Intelligence can bring advanced services to people. In the European Union, AmI objectives have been established through a number of reports and calls for projects. Although there has been a great deal of progress in the field, the feasibility of the proposed goals is open to question. Now it might be a good time to analyse the AmI outlook, the progress made and the work yet to be done. Any analysis of AmI requires a critical approach which will pinpoint past errors and help avoid future frustrations.

This issue on Ambient Intelligence aims to provide an overview of the discipline, introducing the scope of application, the system support required and the new concepts created around it. The UPgrade European NETwork here includes a paper by the British Computer Society (BCS) from their publication ITNOW. In CEPIS News, an update about EUCIP's progress across Europe is included, and also a newsletter about CEPIS/Harmonise.


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • Ambient Intelligence: Chronicle of an Announced Technological Revolution by Alberto Lafuente-Rojo, Julio Abascal-González and Yang Cai
  • Ambient Intelligence at Home: Facts and Future by Xavier Alaman-Roldán, Francisco Ballesteros-Cámara, José Bravo-Rodríguez and Diego Fernández-Aparicio
  • Ambient Intelligence, from Vision to Reality. Perspective of a Telecom Operator by Rodrigo González-Martínez
  • A Middleware-based Approach for Context-aware Computing by Zigor Salvador-Artola, Mikel Larrea-Álava, Daniel Cascado-Caballero, José Luis Sevillano-Ramos, Roberto Casas-Nebra and Álvaro Marco-Marco
  • Designing and Implementing Smart Spaces by Erwin Aitenbichler, Fernando Lyardet and Max Mülhäuser
  • Ambient Media by Arthur Lugmayr
  • Time, Space, Connection: Scaling Ambient Intelligence by Mirko Fetter and Tom Gross