new intelligent dormitory 2 (iSpace) is
a two bedroom flat, developed from original research using
the one room intelligent student dormitory (iSpace)
at the University of Essex,
for Intelligent Building (IB) research.
This apartment makes possible ubiquitous
networked sensors and actuators, the infra-structure for
which is accommodated within the specially constructed walls,
so that the heterogeneous networking infrastructure is hidden
Designed to provide a flexible test-bed for research
into intelligent buildings and adaptive environments within
a pervasive and ubiquitous computing context the iSpace
offers the possibility for examining the deployment of embedded
agents and sophisticated user interfaces within the intelligent
environments of tomorrow.
will be able to deploy the latest technology to enable autonomous
agents to monitor and learn from user behaviour and provide
systems to particularise their behaviour to the building’s
user in an unobtrusive way where the user is always in control.
At the same time the iSpace will allow those concerned
with the social-technical research into
the preferred interfaces and user defined development of
virtual devices to explore this space with sensitivity and
Taken together the development of agents that learn
from the user and user preferred interfaces and preferences
for virtual devices will be accommodated within the same
environment offering a unique test-bed for the development
of research into intelligent buildings in a world of pervasive,
ubiquitous, and ambient computing.
iSpace has been designed to allow research into the widest
range of possible user including able bodied, disabled and
elderly populations with a view to maximising the possible
benefit of the new technology for all sections of the community.