Smart Home Management Survey





This survey consists of a short video and number of questions. All together it will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

To get started, please watch the following short video to gain an understanding of what smart homes are and how they are controlled (please note the video has
a narrative sound track):




If you cannot view this video, you may need to install Abode Flash Player, which can be
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You can also view this video on YouTube
here.

For your reference, here is a list of key points from the video:

  • A smart home works with a special kind of software called Intelligent Agents.
  • Intelligent Agents can be placed into home appliances and devices in the smart home to perform actions with them.
  • Intelligent Agents are given rules to tell them how to behave (what actions to take and when) – this is called management of the smart home.
  • Management of the smart home can be done in a number of different ways:
    • Intelligent Agents can monitor and learn about
      the user’s preferences and needs, and manage the system (learn behaviour rules) accordingly.
    • Intelligent Agents can monitor and learn about the user’s needs and preferences but only manage the automated services under supervision of
      the user – here the programming is done by the Intelligent Agents but the user has final say over what gets programmed.
    • The user can manage the system themselves, using a simplified programming interface to create behaviour rules.
    • The user can manage the system themselves, using a simplified programming interface to create behaviour rules with assistance from an
      Intelligent Agent giving suggestions to help the user.

Please answer the questions across the following pages; they will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you.


Please tell us some information about yourself.  All information is kept anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

1.  Please select your gender:

 

2.  Please select your age group:

3.  Which is the highest
level of education you have completed?
Please select from the list below:

4.  What is your
occupation?
Please write in the box below (leave blank if you prefer not to say).

5.  On average, how much time do you spend using a personal computer at
home or at work per week?
Please select from the list below:

6.  How much experience do you have of computer programming (e.g. developing
computer software)?
Please select from the list below:

7.  Have you ever heard of a smart home or intelligent environment
before participating in this survey or watching our video?
Please select from the list
below:

8.  The following statements describe attributes of the management styles previously discussed in
the video. Please rate how useful you think each of them would be for managing a smart home.

a)  Having an Intelligent Agent manage the smart home system on
your behalf.
Please select from the list below:

b)  Having a simple interface that allows you to manage the smart home system
yourself.
Please select from the list below:

c)  Having an agent assist you to manage the smart home system.

Please select from the list below:

d)  Having a way to supervise an Intelligent Agent managing the smart home system on your behalf.
Please select from the list below:

9.  If you were living in a smart home, how useful would you find the ability to change between the
different styles of management, rather than always using the same style of management?

Please select from the list below:

Please give a brief explanation why you chose this answer in the text box
below:

Please answer the questions below:
10.  Imagine you are living in a smart home. For each of the following individual parts of your
smart home system please select the style of management that you would prefer.

a)  Lighting systems (e.g. automatic room lighting):
Please select from the list below:

b)  Heating systems (e.g. automatic indoor
heating):
Please select from the list below:

c)  Entertainment
and media systems (e.g. recording favourite TV shows, finding news stories, music or movies that might be interesting to you):
Please select from the list below:

d)  Security systems (e.g. automatically
closing and locking doors and windows when the home is unoccupied):
Please select from the
list below:

e)  Environmental services (e.g. monitoring and regulating energy
usage within the home):
Please select from the list below:


Please answer the questions below:

11.  Is there anything else in your home that you would like to be controlled by Intelligent Agents
without your supervision?
Please select from the list below:

12.  Is there anything else in your home that
you would like to be controlled by Intelligent Agents with your supervision?
Please select
from the list below:

13.  Is there anything else in your home that you would like to be able to program with behaviours
(manage) with assistance from an agent?
Please select from the list below:

14.  Is there anything else in your
home that you would like to be able to program with behaviours (manage) without assistance from an agent?
Please select from the list below:

15.  If you were living in a smart home, how useful would you find the ability to choose the style of
management for individual parts of the system, rather than one setting for the entire system?
Please select from the list below:

Please give a brief explanation why you chose this answer in the text box
below:

Thank you for completing our survey.

(Optional) If you would like to be entered into our prize draw to win either a £40 Amazon voucher
or one of two runner-up prizes of a £10 Amazon voucher, then please enter you email into the text box below:
Your email address will kept confidential and will not be passed on or sold to any third party.

We may wish to contact you again in the future regarding this research project
or with follow-up questions to this questionnaire.