Research

Our group performs research in various areas of intelligent environments developing methods and systems whose primary goal is to support people living in ubiquitous computing environments. Our interests span from novel networking and middleware through intelligent agents, end-user programming,  affective computing and mixed-reality to performing socio-technical studies on people living with technologies. We present here aspects from both our technological and social research. Our group members also have been playing an essential role in the creation as well as in the running of the International conference on Intelligent Environments.

Projects

+Spaces

+Spaces (Positive Spaces) is an EC-funded research project aiming at real-world-policy – making in popular online communities. The project uses existing social media spaces like Facebook and Twitter alongside virtual worlds like Open Wonderland as the societal sandbox for modelling real world behaviour. One of the project’s principal drivers is to engage citizens from different […]

Adaptive and Trusted Ambient Ecologies (ATRACO)

Adaptive and Trusted Ambient Ecologies The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 216837. Funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The total funding for this project is 2 Million Euros (€) in which our funding is about £542,782. The project is […]

An Embedded Agent Based System to Create Ambient Intelligent Virtual Care Homes

((April 2006-October 2009) “An Embedded Agent Based System to Create Ambient Intelligent Virtual Care Homes”. Project No KTP001311. Funded by the DTI, ESRC, Sanctuary Social Care. This is a KTP project in which our total Essex funding is £197,266. 

eGadgets

(January 2001- January 2004) “eGadgets”, Project No IST200-25240. Funded by the EU Disappearing Computer programme. The total funding of this project was 1.2 million Euros shared between 3 partners; CTI (Greece), NMRC (Ireland) and ourselves. Our Essex share was £237,000. The overall aim of the project was to create a computing framework for the design […]

Pervasive Home Environment Networks (PHEN)

(October 2003- October 2005) “Pervasive Home Environment Networks (PHEN)”. Funded by the DTI New Wave Technologies and Markets Programme. The total funding for this project is £280,000 in which our Essex share is £93,000.

Realising Smart Intelligent virtual class within an intelligent home

(January 2011-January 2012): “Realising Smart Intelligent virtual class within an intelligent home”. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE).  The total funding of this project was £110,000. 

Scaling Intelligent Environments (Scale Up)

(December 2010-December 2015), “Scaling Intelligent Environments” Funded by King Abdulaziz University. Total Funding for Essex is £800,000. ScaleUp is a collaboration between the University of Essex and King Abdulaziz University. It has 4 main aims: Research – To build upon current Intelligent Environment (IE) research and investigate the methods and models needed to realise large […]

Self-Organised Societies of Connectionist Intelligent Agents capable of Learning

(January 2003-May 2006) “Self-Organised Societies of Connectionist Intelligent Agents capable of Learning”, Project No IST-2001-38911. Funded by the European Union (EU) Future and Emerging Technology programme. The total funding of this project is 1.8 million Euros shared between 4 partners; University of Patras Medical school (Greece), CTI (Greece), Tyndall National Institute (Ireland) and ourselves. Our […]