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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2017, Article ID 3185481, 15 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3185481
Research Article

Semantic and Virtual Reality-Enhanced Configuration of Domestic Environments: The Smart Home Simulator

1Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, Italian National Research Council, Via Corti 12, 20133 Milano, Italy
2Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Daniele Spoladore; ti.rnc.aiti@erodalops.eleinad

Received 28 July 2017; Accepted 29 October 2017; Published 19 December 2017

Academic Editor: Pino Caballero-Gil

Copyright © 2017 Daniele Spoladore et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper introduces the Smart Home Simulator, one of the main outcomes of the D4All project. This application takes into account the variety of issues involved in the development of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions, such as the peculiarity of each end-users, appliances, and technologies with their deployment and data-sharing issues. The Smart Home Simulator—a mixed reality application able to support the configuration and customization of domestic environments in AAL systems—leverages on integration capabilities of Semantic Web technologies and the possibility to model relevant knowledge (about both the dwellers and the domestic environment) into formal models. It also exploits Virtual Reality technologies as an efficient means to simplify the configuration of customized AAL environments. The application and the underlying framework will be validated through two different use cases, each one foreseeing the customized configuration of a domestic environment for specific segments of users.