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While the potential benefits of smart home technology are widely recognized, a lightweight design is needed for the benefits to be realized at a large scale. We introduce the CASAS "smart home in a box", a lightweight smart home design that is easy to install and provides smart home capabilities out of the box with no customization or training. We discuss(More)
The pervasive sensing technologies found in smart environments offer unprecedented opportunities for monitoring and assisting the individuals who live and work in these spaces. An aspect of daily life that is important for one's emotional and physical health is social interaction. In this paper we investigate the use of smart environment technologies to(More)
—In smart home environments, it is highly desirable to know who is performing what actions. This knowledge allows the system to accurately build individuals' histories and to take personalized action based on the current resident. Without a good handle on identity, multi-resident smart homes are less effective when used for medical and assistive(More)
Time is an important aspect of all real world phenomena. In this paper, we present a temporal relations-based framework for discovering interesting patterns in smart environment datasets, and test this framework in the context of the CASAS smart environments project. Our use of temporal relations in the context of smart environment tasks is described and(More)
Although smart environment technology has rapidly been maturing, the performance of these technologies is still difficult to assess because of the limited evaluation that has been conducted. A primary limitation in evaluating technologies is the lack of rich physical datasets on which the algorithms can be tested. In this position paper we describe a(More)
Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) often have difficulty performing complex instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), which are critical to independent living. In this study, amnestic multi-domain MCI (N = 29), amnestic single-domain MCI (N = 18), and healthy older participants (N = 47) completed eight scripted IADLs (e.g., cook(More)
Society is becoming increasingly aware of the impact that our lifestyle choices make on energy usage and the environment. As a result, research attention is being directed toward green technology, environmentally-friendly building designs, and smart grids. This paper looks at the user side of sustainability. In particular, it looks at energy consumption in(More)
Once a smart home system moves to a multi-resident situation, it becomes significantly more important that individuals are tracked in some manner. By tracking individuals the events received from the sensor platform can then be separated into different streams and acted on independently by other tools within the smart home system. This process improves(More)
Intelligent environment research has benefited medical care in a number of ways, including emergency detection, comfort and accessibility. However, most of these techniques have been applied in the context of a single resident, leaving out situations where there is more than one person in the living space. A current looming issue for intelligent environment(More)