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True Visions

The Emergence of Ambient Intelligence

  • Emile Aarts
  • José Encarnação
  • Makes the potential application of ambient intelligence (basics and promise) understandable to non-experts

  • Explores the intriguing possibilities of exploiting the efectiveness of smart devices within a smart environment, especially in the home


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVII
  2. Emile Aarts, José Encarnação
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jean-Claude Burgelman, Yves Punie
    Pages 17-33
  4. Stefano Marzano
    Pages 35-52
  5. Dick Broer, Henk van Houten, Martin Ouwerkerk, Jaap den Toonder, Paul van der Sluis, Stephen Klink et al.
    Pages 53-82
  6. Herbert Reichl, Jörgen Wolf
    Pages 83-112
  7. Herbert Reichl, Christine Kallmayer, Torsten Linz
    Pages 113-130
  8. Hugo De Man, Rudy Lauwereins
    Pages 131-147
  9. Nikolaos Georgantas, Paola Inverardi, Valérie Issarny
    Pages 149-167
  10. Berit Svendsen
    Pages 169-184
  11. Paul Lagasse, Ingrid Moerman
    Pages 185-207
  12. Tony Hey, David De Roure, Anne Trefethen
    Pages 209-229
  13. James Crowley, Patrick Reignier, Joelle Coutaz
    Pages 231-244
  14. Emile Aarts, H. ter Horst, J. Korst, W. Verhaegh
    Pages 245-273
  15. Anton Nijholt, Dirk Heylen, Boris de Ruyter, Privender Saini
    Pages 275-289
  16. Rainer Wasinger, Wolfgang Wahlster
    Pages 291-306
  17. Philip Treleaven, Stephen Emmott
    Pages 307-319
  18. Thomas Kirste
    Pages 321-337
  19. Bernt Schiele
    Pages 339-357
  20. Berry Eggen, Steven Kyffin
    Pages 359-376

About this book


Ambient intelligence (AI) refers to a developing technology that will increasingly make our everyday environment sensitive and responsive to our presence. The AI vision requires technology invisibly embedded in our everyday surroundings, present whenever we need it that will lead to the seamless integration of lighting, sounds, vision, domestic appliances, and personal healthcare products to enhance our living experience. Written for the non-specialist seeking an authoritative but accessible overview of this interdisciplinary field, True Visions explains how the devices making up the AI world will operate collectively using information and intelligence hidden in the wireless network connecting them. Expert contributions address key AI components such as smart materials and textiles, system architecture, mobile computing, broadband communication, and underlying issues of human-environment interactions. It seeks to unify the perspectives of scientists from diverse backgrounds ranging from the physics of materials to the aesthetics of industrial design as it describes the emergence of ambient intelligence, one of today’s most compelling areas of innovation.


Computing platforms Human factors Nano- and Microelectronics User-centered design and engineering ambient intelligence artificial intelligence communication computational intelligence electronics information intelligence material physics sensor smart environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Emile Aarts
    • 1
  • José Encarnação
    • 2
  1. 1.Philips Research LaboratotiesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institut för Graphische DatenverarbeitungFraunhofer GesellschaftDarmstadtGermany

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