Ambient intelligence. European Conference, AmI 2014
Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 11 - 13, 2014; Revised selected papers
Since the emergence of ambient intelligence as a vision on consumer electronics, telecommunications, and computing technologies for the time frame 2010-2020 much has changed. The original conceptions of the field discussed, e.g., by Harwig and Aarts still drive current developments. Researchers are still working towards embedding technology in the environment, supporting context awareness, personalization, and adaptivity of ambient intelligence technologies, and even adapting system behavior autonomously to meet user's needs. These ambitions take new meaning and a higher complexity nowadays as they pertain to more numerous, miniaturized, and complex devices than foreseen in the early days of the field. On the other hand, early scenarios of ambient intelligence, as for example those of the ISTAG advisory group which Europeans researched for more than a decade, are starting to reach the consumer market and to become a part of our daily lives. As ambient intelligence is applied in different application domains and new themes arise for the field, it became necessary to explore in-depth some of the most vibrant areas of research in ambient intelligence.