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Ambient Intelligence: Impact on Embedded Sytem Design

  • Twan Basten
  • Marc Geilen
  • Harmke de Groot

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Omnia Fieri Possent

    1. Twan Basten, Marc Geilen, Harmke de Groot
      Pages 1-8
  3. Challenges

    1. Emile Aarts, Raf Roovers
      Pages 11-29
    2. Luca Benini, Massimo Poncino
      Pages 31-50
    3. Srivaths Ravi, Anand Raghunathan, Jean-Jacques Quisquater, Sunil Hattangady
      Pages 103-127
  4. Developments

    1. Fiora Pirri, Ivo Mentuccia, Sandro Storri
      Pages 131-158
    2. Clara M. Otero Pérez, Liesbeth Steffens, Peter van der Stok, Sjir van Loo, Alejandro Alonso, José F. Ruíz et al.
      Pages 159-182
    3. Jan Bormans, Nam Pham Ngoc, Geert Deconinck, Gauthier Lafruit
      Pages 183-201
    4. Vytautas Štuikys, Robertas Damaševičius
      Pages 229-250
    5. Zbigniew Chamski, Marc Duranton, Albert Cohen, Christine Eisenbeis, Paul Feautrier, Daniela Genius
      Pages 251-270
    6. Tim Nieberg, Stefan Dulman, Paul Havinga, Lodewijk van Hoesel, Jian Wu
      Pages 271-294
    7. Rex Min, Anantha Chandrakasan
      Pages 295-314
    8. Phillip Stanley-Marbell, Nicholas H. Zamora, Diana Marculescu, Radu Marculescu
      Pages 315-335
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-348

About this book


Hugo de Man Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Senior Research Fellow IMEC The steady evolution of hardware, software and communications technology is rapidly transforming the PC- and world into the world of Ambient Intelligence (AmI). This next wave of information technology is fundam- tally different in that it makes distributed wired and wireless computing and communication disappear to the background and puts users to the foreground. AmI adapts to people instead of the other way around. It will augment our consciousness, monitor our health and security, guide us through traffic etc. In short, its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our life by a quiet, reliable and secure interaction with our social and material environment. What makes AmI engineering so fascinating is that its design starts from studying person to world interactions that need to be implemented as an int- ligent and autonomous interplay of virtually all necessary networked electronic intelligence on the globe. This is a new and exciting dimension for most elect- cal and software engineers and may attract more creative talent to engineering than pure technology does. Development of the leading technology for AmI will only succeed if the engineering research community is prepared to join forces in order to make Mark Weiser’s dream of 1991 come true. This will not be business as usual by just doubling transistor count or clock speed in a microprocessor or increasing the bandwidth of communication.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Twan Basten
    • 1
  • Marc Geilen
    • 1
  • Harmke de Groot
    • 2
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Philips Research Laboratories EindhovenEindhovenThe Netherlands

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"This book is truly an eye-opener as it is the first book that relates the dream scenarios of Ambient Intelligence quantitatively to the technical challenges and requirements of the huge distributed and interoperable embedded systems needed to implement AmI systems in the real world. This book is strongly recommended to a wide spectrum of engineers interested to embark in this rapidly emerging and fascinating technology."
(From the foreword by Hugo De Man, Professor K.U. Leuven and Senior Research Fellow IMEC)