Summary: AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE:
BASIC CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS
Juan Carlos Augusto
School of Computing and Mathematics
University of Ulster, Jordanstown, UK
Keywords: Ambient Intelligence, Software Engineering, Knowledge Engineering, Sensor Networks, Smart Homes.
Abstract: Ambient Intelligence is a multi-disciplinary approach which aims to enhance the way environments and people
interact with each other. The ultimate goal of the area is to make the places we live and work in more beneficial
to us. Smart Homes is one example of such systems but the idea can be also used in relation to hospitals, public
transport, factories and other environments.
The achievement of Ambient Intelligence largely depends on the technology deployed (sensors and devices
interconnected through networks) as well as on the intelligence of the software used for decision-making. The
aims of this article are to describe the characteristics of systems with Ambient Intelligence, to provide exam-
ples of their applications and to highlight the challenges that lie ahead, especially for the Software Engineering
and Knowledge Engineering communities.
The steady progress in technology have not only
produced a plethora of new devices and spread com-