Archived entries for publications

Paper submitted to Ubiquitous Computing

ogether with my colleagues on the North House and West House projects, I’ve recently submitted a full paper to Ubiquitous Computing 2010. If accepted, it will be published in the conference proceedings of the event in Copenhagen, Denmark in September!

In this paper, we present our design rationale and experiences regarding our two house projects. We include thorough system descriptions of each unique implementation of the control and feedback systems, emphasizing the potential of this combination to support sustainable living. That is, simultaneously providing feedback on house state and enabling action to adjust that state through intelligent control and optimization. We also address the body of work, particularly in the UbiComp field, that has informed our work and offered opportunities for further development of such systems.

Bartram, L., Rodgers, J. Brandson, C. and MacKenzie, R. (2010). Supporting Sustainable Living: Aware Homes and Smart Occupants.

Awareness of resource consumption in the home is a key part of reducing our ecological footprint, yet lack of appropriate understanding and motivation often deters residents from behaviour change. We report on the design and implementation of an in-home system that supports residents in awareness of resource use, facilitates efficient control of house systems, and encourages conservation in daily activities. Initial response from two high-profile deployments in unique homes indicates this approach has great potential in engaging residents in sustainable living.

Two papers submitted

long with Dr. Lyn Bartram and my colleague Kevin Muise, I’ve recently submitted two papers for publication. The first, which has been reviewed and accepted, will be published in the Visualization Viewpoints column of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications in the spring of 2010.

Bartram, L., Rodgers, J. and Muise, K. (2010). Chasing the Negawatt: Visualization for Sustainable Living.

Information visualization has an important role to play in enabling residents to understand and manage their use of resources in the home. Existing solutions designed for building managers in industrial and commercial contexts do not account for the diversity of factors at play in effective visualization of residential energy consumption. In this discussion, we discuss several of these factors, such as placement, visibility, aesthetics, and integration with an information and visualization ecosystem. We then discuss how we applied our research to the design of ALIS (Adaptive Living Interface System), the interactive computing and information visualization backbone of North House, a net-zero home that placed 4th in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. We envision this combination of green building methods with pervasive visualization technologies as a powerful vehicle for helping to encourage conservation in a residential setting. However, we highlight that simply transferring current approaches into the residential environment is inappropriate. Finally, we briefly address the myriad challenges involved in the evaluation of these techniques.

The second has been submitted to the CHI Work-In-Progress stream as an extended abstract and poster submission. We’ll find out in February if the submission has been accepted.

Rodgers, J., Bartram, L., and Muise, K. (2010). ALIS: Designing an interactive ecosystem for sustainable living.

In this paper we describe the design of ALIS (Adaptive Living Interface System), a distributed system of control and feedback interfaces to support sustainable living in an alternative energy home. ALIS was developed for North House, a net-zero energy home that placed 4th in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009. We present the context and goals of our research, outline the components of the system we are developing and suggest that they comprise an interactive ecosystem, and discuss the challenges and successes we have experienced during the process. Finally, we position this work in relation to our broader research agenda into human-centered systems for sustainable living and our continued work on ALIS.


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