Archived entries for UbiComp 2010

UbiComp 2010: Slides and Poster

ast month’s Ubiquitous Computing conference in beautiful Copenhagen was really worthwhile. Saw a lot of great work, met many interesting people, and enjoyed the amazing food and hospitality of Denmark. Thanks to the organizers for a great experience.

Here are the slides I presented in the Ubiquitous Computing for Sustainable Energy workshop on our paper, Supporting Sustainable Living: Aware Homes and Smart Occupants [PDF].

And the poster I presented on ALIS: An Interactive Ecosystem for Sustainable Living [PDF]:

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After the excellent experience I had in Copenhagen, I’m eager to attend next year’s conference in Beijing, which promises to be another fantastic event.

UbiComp 2010: Copenhagen, here I come!

his month, I got the exciting news that I’ll be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark in September to attend UbiComp 2010! I’ll be participating in three capacities:

  • as a presenter for a poster on ALIS (below) that I co-authored with Lyn Bartram,
  • as a presenter for a workshop paper on Aware Homes and Smart Occupants in the Ubiquitous Computing for Sustainable Energy workshop, alongside Lyn Bartram and Rob Woodbury, and
  • as a student volunteer!

I’ve never been a volunteer at an academic conference before, so I’m stoked to take part in that respect, and the workshop will be a great opportunity to meet others in our part of the field, and share our ideas. I’m very excited about the opportunity.

The poster presents the motivation and design rationale behind ALIS, the Aware Living Interface System, that has been deployed in North House and West House. The major components of the system are presented, and a few of the lessons learned are discussed. The abstract will be available in the conference proceedings, and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

J. Rodgers, L. Bartram. “ALIS: An Interactive Ecosystem for Sustainable Living.” Proceedings of UbiComp 2010.

Engaging occupants in conservation efforts is a key part of reducing our ecological footprint. To this end, we have developed the Aware Living Interface System (ALIS), an integrated in-home system that supports residents in awareness of resource use, facilitates efficient control of house systems, and encourages conservation in daily activities. Initial responses from deployments in two high- profile sustainable homes indicate the potential and challenges involved in supporting sustainable living.

Our workshop paper goes into more depth on the same topic, exploring our design rationale and process during the development of ALIS. I’m very interested to learn what others in the field have been doing in regards to sustainability and conservation.

See you in Scandinavia!

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.


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