Context-awareness in Consumer IoT Technologies – CACT

Exploring how IoT-based context information can benefit meaningful designs for consumers.

» See also the Context-awareness in IoT Technologies (CAT) project, which is a continuation of the research carried out in the CACT project.

As IoT becomes diffused into everyday consumer services and part of the definition of this everyday life, the human factors side of context-awareness, e.g. users in co-located spaces, social contexts, and activity-specific situations, becomes a central challenge to negotiate. Only through such rich contextual cues, including historical behavior patterns of users as well as sensor-based data of the present situation, may technology be translated into meaningful things during use. In order to achieve this, these things need to be interconnected and integrated into context-aware IoT-based services that allow users new ways of interacting with technology individually as well as in groups.

This project is an exploratory industry-academia collaboration focusing on end-user value creation. Two research questions will be explored: One, how does rich use of context cues and context-specific services impact the design of novel and meaningful IoT-based services for individuals and groups? Two, in what ways can context-awareness contribute to appropriate design and use of system autonomy in IoT-based consumer services?

Project updates:

Application areas: Smart Living, Smart Health

Partners: Malmö University and Sony Mobile Communications

Project period: 2014-12-01 – 2017-11-30

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 Carl Magnus Olsson, IOTAP, Malmö University.

Learn more: Download extended project description for Context-awareness in Consumer IoT Technologies.

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