Book on Ambient Intelligence

February 10, 2009 — Leave a comment

The Evolution of Technology, Communication and Cognition Towards the Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Volume 6 Emerging Communication: Studies on New Technologies and Practices in Communication

Edited by: G. Riva, F. Vatalaro, F. Davide and M. Alcañiz


The metaphor of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) tries to picture a vision of the future where all of us will be surrounded by ‘intelligent’ electronic environments, and this ambient has claims to being sensitive and responsive to our needs. Ambient Intelligence without invasion of privacy represents a long-term vision for the EU Information Society Technologies Research programme. A strong multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach is a key requirement for large scale technology innovation and the development of effective applications. Up to now, most of the books and papers related to AmI focus their analysis on the technology potential only. An important feature of this volume is the link between the technology – through the concepts of ubiquitous computing and intelligent interface – and the human experience of interacting in the world – through a neuro-psychological vision centered on the concept of ‘presence’. Presence, the sense of being there, is the experience of projecting one’s mind through media to other places, people and designed environments. The combination of recent discoveries in cognitive neuroscience – that make it possible to acquire a better understanding of the human aspects of presence, and the breakthroughs at the level of the enabling technologies make it increasingly possible to build novel systems based on this understanding. The goal of this volume is to assess the technologies and processes that are behind the AmI vision to help the development of state-of-the-art applications. More in detail, this volume aims at supporting researchers and scientists, interested in the understanding and exploiting the potential of AmI.

Book at IOS Press.

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