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:
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