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User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments

by Simon Mayer, Nadine Inhelder, Ruben Verborgh, and Rik Van de Walle

The configuration of smart homes represents a difficult task for end-users. We propose a goal-driven approach to this challenge, where users express their needs using a graphical configuration environment. Our system then uses semantic descriptions of devices in the user’s surroundings to derive a plan to reach the desired situation. We are able to satisfy complex demands using only first-order logic, which makes this system flexible yet fast. The focus of this paper is to demonstrate how to achieve high usability of the proposed system without burdening users with the underlying semantic technologies. Our initial demo supports setting the ambient temperature, alarms, and media playback, but the use of semantics allows to extend the system with many different kinds of services in a decentralized way.

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Published in 2014 in International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations.

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@inproceedings{mayer_percom_2014,
  title = {User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments},
  author = {Mayer, Simon and Inhelder, Nadine and Verborgh, Ruben and Van de Walle, Rik},
  booktitle = {International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations},
  year = 2014,
  month = mar,
  pages = {163--165},
}

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S. Mayer, N. Inhelder, R. Verborgh, and R. Van de Walle, “User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments,” in International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations, 2014, pp. 163–165.
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Simon Mayer, Nadine Inhelder, Ruben Verborgh, and Rik Van de Walle. 2014. User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments. In International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations. 163–165.
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Mayer, S., Inhelder, N., Verborgh, R., Van de Walle, R.: User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments. In: International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations. pp. 163–165 (2014).
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Mayer, S., Inhelder, N., Verborgh, R., & Van de Walle, R. (2014). User-friendly Configuration of Smart Environments. In International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations (pp. 163–165).
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Mayer, Simon et al. “User-Friendly Configuration of Smart Environments.” International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Demonstrations. 2014. 163–165. Print.

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