Journal of Medical Systems

, 40:200 | Cite as

On the Design of Smart Homes: A Framework for Activity Recognition in Home Environment

  • Franco Cicirelli
  • Giancarlo Fortino
  • Andrea Giordano
  • Antonio Guerrieri
  • Giandomenico Spezzano
  • Andrea Vinci
Patient Facing Systems
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Advances in Ambient Intelligence for Health (AmIHEALTH 2015)


A smart home is a home environment enriched with sensing, actuation, communication and computation capabilities which permits to adapt it to inhabitants preferences and requirements. Establishing a proper strategy of actuation on the home environment can require complex computational tasks on the sensed data. This is the case of activity recognition, which consists in retrieving high-level knowledge about what occurs in the home environment and about the behaviour of the inhabitants. The inherent complexity of this application domain asks for tools able to properly support the design and implementation phases. This paper proposes a framework for the design and implementation of smart home applications focused on activity recognition in home environments. The framework mainly relies on the Cloud-assisted Agent-based Smart home Environment (CASE) architecture offering basic abstraction entities which easily allow to design and implement Smart Home applications. CASE is a three layered architecture which exploits the distributed multi-agent paradigm and the cloud technology for offering analytics services. Details about how to implement activity recognition onto the CASE architecture are supplied focusing on the low-level technological issues as well as the algorithms and the methodologies useful for the activity recognition. The effectiveness of the framework is shown through a case study consisting of a daily activity recognition of a person in a home environment.


Smart homes Internet of things Activity recognition Cloud computing Multi agent system Analytics Wireless sensor and actuator networks Wearable wireless body sensor networks 



This work has been partially supported by “Smart platform for monitoring and management of in-home security and safety of people and structures” project that is part of the DOMUS District, funded by the Italian Government (PON03PE_00050_1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Cicirelli
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Fortino
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Giordano
    • 1
  • Antonio Guerrieri
    • 1
  • Giandomenico Spezzano
    • 1
  • Andrea Vinci
    • 1
  1. 1.CNR – National Research Council of ItalyInstitute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR)RendeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Modellistica, Elettronica e SistemisticaUniversità della CalabriaRendeItaly

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