Summary: AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE: OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSEQUENCES
OF ITS USE IN SMART CLASSROOMS
Juan Carlos Augusto
School of Computing and Mathematics and Computer Science Research Institute
University of Ulster, BT37 0QB
Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is consolidating its role as a new paradigm and driving force within computer
science that exploits the opportunities to deploy distributed intelligent systems supported by new technology.
Most of the developments related to AmI so far are concentrated either in the healthcare (e.g. smart homes
for the elderly), or automotive (smart cars) sectors. This paper provides an overview of the use of AmI in
educational environments. One aim of this article is to increase the awareness of the possibilities that AmI
bring to the teaching and learning environment. The other aim of the article is to illustrate the thesis that those
possibilities have been so far overlooked around the globe, more noticeable in the UK where other
applications of AmI are thriving.
Ambient Intelligence, Smart Classrooms, Teaching and Learning, Higher Education.
Ambient intelligence (AmI) is a concept which is attracting widespread attention around the world (see for
example [1, 2, 3, 4]). AmI has been defined as: A digital environment that proactively, but sensibly, assists