ISLab Research

From a high-level point of view, the research work of the ISLab is framed in the field of Ambient Intelligence (AmI), which is a relatively new paradigm, made possible thanks to three new key technologies: Ubiquitous Computing, Ubiquitous Communication and Intelligent User Interfaces. In a few words, an AmI system can be defined as “A digital environment that proactively, but sensibly, supports people in their daily lives“. This definition, albeit simple, unveils a thread of several interrelated fields, technologies and approaches. Besides the three technologies previously mentioned, that supported the birth of Ambient Intelligence, there are many other fields that are implicated, the most important being Artificial Intelligence/Intelligent Systems. Indeed, AI is such an umbrella that many of its methodologies, tools and approaches are used by AmI.

The main lines of research that have been pursued in the last years, despite being naturally different, share some core ideas that bind them:

- The use of non-invasive and non-intrusive approaches;

- The use of techniques from Artificial Intelligence/Intelligent Systems;

- The training of the appropriate models with data collected from behavioral studies.

Main Lines of research

The research group follows an interdisciplinary approach to Intelligent Systems, merging different fields in their application to Ambient Intelligence. The core issues of the group’s research lines are the following:

• Vision of Intelligent Environments as Multi-agent Systems;

• Forms of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning;

• Context-based Information fusion;

• Machine Learning;

• AmI Applications:

    a) Ambient Assisted Living;

    b) Online Dispute Resolution;

    c) Behavioral analysis;

    d) Computational Sustainability.