Emergent Configurations of Connected Systems – ECOS

Designing for users to manage situations where devices connect to each other.

The core aim of ECOS is to help users get the most out of their future Internet of Things technology. We anticipate situations where several connected components combine into temporary collections of functions and services. We refer to such collections as “emergent configurations” – they are generally hard to overview, and they tend to change unpredictably. Research is needed on system architectures, information models and self-adaptive techniques as well as on interaction design principles in order to support users in understanding, appropriating and effectively using emergent configurations.

The project involves experimental work in two cases, where the first is addressing the situation of driver and passengers in a car. The direction of the second case is decided later in the project, based on research needs identified in the first case. Developing a rapid prototyping platform by combining existing technologies for information logistics, sensing and mesh connectivity is another early project activity.

Project updates:

Application areas: Smart Living, Smart Transportation, Smart Learning

Partners: Malmö University, Data Ductus, Sigma Connectivity, Sigma Technology and TerraNet

Project period: 2014-11-15 – 2018-08-31

Funding: The project is funded by the Knowledge Foundation within the Internet of Things and People Research Profile, Malmö University, and the business partners.

Contact: The project is coordinated by Romina Spalazzese, IOTAP, Malmö University.

Learn more: Download extended project description for Emergent Configurations of Connected Systems.

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