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Domotics and Ambient Intelligence research group


Our organisation type is:: University

We are active in the following Technologies: human-machine-interface, sensors-actuators, smart-home, software-web-networks, tele-monitoring

Action type: Research, Development, Testing / Trials, Studies, Social Science / Elderly

Applications: Health & wellness, Safety, security, privacy, Home care

The effort made by the DAI Research Group towards its constitution as a group able to produce both knowledge and innovation, yields its fruits as a wide variety of complementary research lines, all of which embrace the deployment of the ICT's. The result is a group capable of committing ambitious projects with a multidisciplinary point of view.

 The strategies of the group are tightly aligned with local, national and Europe-wide initiatives. Among others, these lines are:

  • Digital services at home:
    • Efficient use of energy
    • Comfort
    • Safety and security
    • Communications
    • Entertainment
    • Management
    • Accesibility
  • Digital home networks
  • System integration
  • Ambient Intelligence (AmI)
  • Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
  • Intelligent environments
  • Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI)

System Integration

System integration is achieved by designing the middleware that makes applications and services independent from the underlying technology, so increasing the possibilities for the development of value-added services; also by integrating both open and proprietary systems, either wired or wireless. Integration of KNX, X10, LonWorks, EnOcean, DALI, Zigbee, RFID …

Efficient energy use

It is achieved by integrating different energy collection systems with the home control system, and also by developing intelligent techniques for efficient source switching and consumption monitoring.

Ambient-Assisted Living

Application of all these technologies to give support to the daily living of people, particularly those with special needs, such as the elderly and people with physical/sensory impairments.

Person-Environment Interfaces

Development of new multimodal systems for the interaction with the environment; based on computer vision, voice recognition and integration with other sensor devices.

Intelligent Environments

Modelling and analysis of human behaviour for the early detection of events (fall detection, depression, cognitive impairments …)

Success case: The  “metalTIC – Digital Home” Project

This project was developed for the Federation of Metal-working firms in the Province of Alicante (FEMPA); it consisted in the design and development of a showcase environment which features a demo house with the latest advancements in the ICT's to offer services at home.

The house, with a surface of 50 m2, offers a living room with integrated kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom; it shows key concepts such as energy control, surveillance for safety and security, comfort and entertainment, communication capabilities, as well as accessibility, and integrated management.

http://web.ua.es/en/dai/metaltic-digital-home.html

Research Infrastructure: DAI Lab

The DAI group features a laboratory of its own at the University Institute for Computing Research (IUII) in the University of Alicante. Its characteristics, in what is related to the infrastructure, are similar to those of the 'MetalTIC - Digital Home' project.

Likewise, it features several laboratories and research infrastructure for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), control networks (for home automation), and system integration.

http://web.ua.es/en/dai/dai-lab.html

Validation Tool: DAI Virtual Lab

A virtual laboratory is also available, which allows the validation of those services in a simulated environment, where they can be tested in a safe and independent way. This allows a better use of resources, as this tool can be used simultaneously by several researchers without interfering one another.

This interface-compatible environment allows straightforward prototyping of services, and assures later compatibility with the actual, physical deployment environments.

http://web.ua.es/en/dai/dai-virtual-lab.html


Contact details

Contact

Francisco Florez
florez@dtic.ua.es

Institution/Company

University of Alicante

Spain