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UTA Intelligent Home Technologies Previewed

November 8, 2002

Researchers in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington will present a preview of the operating technologies that are being developed for the “smart home” to be constructed on the UTA campus. Several demonstrations and a research video will be presented.

Dr. Diane Cook is the lead investigator for the “smart home” project. “This is a cross-disciplinary project,” said Cook. “We’re viewing the entire home as an intelligent host, so we’ll be investigating and utilizing smart sensors, communications devices, predictive agents and robotic assistants.” Cook’s team of six other professors and several graduate students is devising a variety of methods to optimize livability functions such as personal comfort, productivity and security while minimizing operating costs. The home will anticipate and meet the owner’s daily needs and may include features such as sensors that track the location of occupants, power controllers that adjust the lighting and temperature, and robots that provide housekeeping and security assistance.

The technology preview event will showcase through group and individual demonstrations inhabitant prediction algorithms, robotics, home automation light and device control, residential simulation, learning algorithms, and speech recognition integration.

Construction on the “smart home” is expected to begin in the spring of 2003. The preview will take place Thursday, November 21 in room 250 of Nedderman Hall. The presentations will begin at 2pm.