ECAI 2004 Conference Paper

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The Use of Temporal Reasoning and Managment of Complex Events in Smart Homes

Juan Carlos Augusto, Chris Nugent

Technological advancements have and will revolutionise the support offered to persons in their home environment. As the population continues to grow and in addition the percentage of elderly within the population increases we now face the challenge of improving individual autonomy and quality of life. Smart home technology offering intelligent appliances and remote alarm-based monitoring are moving close towards addressing these issues. To date the research efforts on smart home technology have focused on communications and intelligent user interfaces. The trends in these areas must now, however, focus on the analysis on the data which is generated from the devices within the house as a means of producing ‘profiles’ of the users and providing intelligent interaction to support their daily activities. A key element in the implementation of these systems is the capability to handle time-related concepts. Here we report about one experience using Active Databases in connection with temporal reasoning in the form of complex event detection to accommodate prevention of hazardous situations.

Keywords: Temporal Reasoning, Active Data Bases, Smart Homes

Citation: Juan Carlos Augusto, Chris Nugent: The Use of Temporal Reasoning and Managment of Complex Events in Smart Homes. In R.López de Mántaras and L.Saitta (eds.): ECAI2004, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.778-782.

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ECAI-2004 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de València on behalf of Asociación Española de Inteligencia Artificial (AEPIA) and Associació Catalana d'Intel-ligència Artificial (ACIA).