Smart environments


In the era of Internet of Things (IoT), technologies have reached a maturity that allows each electronic device to be connected. The market of wearable technologies, telemedicine systems and home automation devices is constantly expanding. In particular, the life environments are becoming increasingly “smart” both in terms of control and management of devices and in terms of functionality and scenarios offered to the user to improve their quality of life. It encourages the development of algorithms and applications able to collect and elaborate heterogeneous data coming from different devices and obtain information with higher added value, which allow creating and offering innovative and synergic services to the context of use. However, this context highlights the following critical issues:

  • Disorientation of the end user facing the myriad of “smart” solutions and devices on the market and lack of awareness of the real potential of these new technologies;
  • Most devices can be managed in a proprietary manner, without any predisposition for interoperability with other devices;
  • Lack of tools to support the design of Smart Environment able to satisfy the real needs of users.

The research is aimed at addressing these challenges through the development of methods and tools that support the user in choosing the “smart” device best suited to his needs and in the configuration of an intelligent environment. In the first case, the goal is to guide the user toward the knowledge of the IoT world, identifying his needs and preferences and selecting for him the best devices according to their objective evaluation from a technical and usability point of view. In the second case, the objective is the design of a “smart” environment and related services through the configuration of better products/systems in relation to the desired functionalities, technological constraints and interoperability between devices.


The activities are carried out in the Virtual Prototyping laboratory

  1. Gullà, F., Cavalieri, L., Ceccacci, S., Papetti, A., Germani, M., 2017. The user-product ontology: A new approach to define an ontological model to manage product searching based on user needs. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
  2. Peruzzini, M., Germani, M., Papetti, A., Iualè, M., 2016. Design of sustainable smart homes for elderly. International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, 22(1), pp. 7-26.
  3. Cavalieri, L., Capitanelli, A., Ceccacci, S., Gullà, F., Germani, M., Papetti, A., 2016. A new smart strategy for web searching of commercial products. Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. doi:10.1115/DETC2016-59988
  4. Papetti, A., Capitanelli, A., Cavalieri, L., Ceccacci, S., Gullà, F., Germani, M., 2016. Consumers vs Internet of Things: A Systematic Evaluation Process to Drive Users in the Smart World. Procedia CIRP, 50, pp.  541 – 546.
  5. Papetti, A., Iualé, M., Ceccacci, S., Bevilacqua, R., Germani, M., Mengoni, M. 2014. Smart objects: An evaluation of the present state based on user needs. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8530, pp. 359-368.
  6. Capitanelli, A., Papetti, A., Peruzzini, M., Germani, M., 2014. A smart home information management model for device interoperability simulation. Procedia CIRP, 21, pp. 64–69.
  7. Peruzzini, M., Capitanelli, A., Papetti, A., Germani, M., 2014. Designing and simulating smart home environments and related services. Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN, 2014-January, pp. 1145-1156.
  8. Papetti, A., Peruzzini, M., Capitanelli, A., Germani, M., 2013. A methodology for interoperability and information management in smart home environments. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED, pp. 149-158.
  9. Peruzzini, M., Germani, M., Papetti, A., Capitanelli, A., 2013. Smart home information management system for energy-efficient networks. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 393-401. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-40543-3_42
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