June 11, Fulvio Corno presented the paper "A Healthcare Support System for Assisted Living Facilities: an IoT Solution" at the audience of the "IT in Practice" symposium in the COMPSAC 2016 conference, 

The presentation slides and the speech screencast are available here.

The e-Lite Research Group will participate in the 40th IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Computers, Software & Applications (COMPSAC 2016), in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 10-14, 2016. COMPSAC is the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications.

Fulvio Corno will attend the conference and will present two papers:

The students of the Ambient Intelligence course, edition 2016, are approaching the turning point: 18 projects are completing their design phase, and will soon start the implementation of the project demonstrators. Projects are exploring various areas of ambient intelligence systems, applied to the domain of Health and Well-Being.

On May 19, 2016, the 18 student groups of the Ambient Intelligence course will present a "pitch" about their proposed project and will unveil to the public the project contents. As a spoiler, the project names are: Angee, BreatheYourTroublesAway, DigiGarden, EmergencyQuest, EyesBlinker, FreeToBreathe, Gymmy, iStop, Nightwatch, PetsCare, ROOMpathY, SafetyMama, SleepMO, SleepTight, SmartPortableChair, StudyStation, WindShield, YourSafeSun.

The presentation is public, open to all interested students, and to interested enterprises and professionals. The attending industrial stakeholders and sponsors will provide a feedback about the presented projects.

The Ph.D. students of the XXVII Cycle of the Doctorate in Computer and Control Engineering will present their defense on May 16 and 17, 2016, in Meeting Room n. 4, in the DAUIN department.

For the e-Lite research group, Sebastián Aced López will close his Ph.D. course by defending the thesis "Accessible Human Computer Interaction -- Video Games and Assisted Living for Persons with Severe Disabilities", that will explore new interaction modalities for persons (especially children) with disabilities.

All interested persons are invited to attend the presentation.

CHI 2016 Logo

The e-Lite research group will participate to the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), one of the most important conference in the field of human-computer interaction. The 2016 edition will take place in San Jose, California, USA, from the 7th to the 12th of May.

Luigi De Russis will present a late-breaking work on Monday and Tusday (May 9-10) about an evaluation of alternative GNomon widgets. The work, entitled Clocks, Bars and Balls: Design and Evaluation of Alternative GNomon Widgets for Children with Disabilities, is in the Accessible Game domain and builds upon our previous effort in GNomon, a framework for creating dynamic one-switch video games.
The paper proposes a parallel between three different widgets specifically designed for GNomon-based interfaces and aimed at children with physical impairments that also have cognitive disabilities. Each widget employs metaphor in a different way and it has been evaluated with six children with motor and cognitive disabilities. The results are encouraging: a widget, based on the "big and small" concept, is preferred by children and, therefore, is a candidate to make single-switch games easier to approach.

In an increasingly connected world in which almost every person owns a smartphone, everyone receives a lot of notifications every day, but not all of them are really interesting. Our research aims at identifying the reasons for this different interest in notifications and specifically in studying any relationship between the usefulness of a notification and the context in which it is received (user location, time and current user activity).

Aiming at analysing such a correlation, we developed an Android application able to collect the following anonymous statistical information:

  1. Context information: location, Wifi connectivity, physical activity;
  2. Notification details: arrival time, sender app name (e.g., Whatsapp, Hangout, ...), sender unique identifier (encrypted version of Android notification title), location of the device;
  3. Other details: phone status (active or inactive), ringer mode (silent, vibrate, sound), battery status.

We don't read nor store any notification content!

Help us with our research: download and install the free Notification Collector app by clicking on the following link.

Developed by the e-Lite Research Group at Politecnico di Torino in collaboration with TIM SWARM Joint Open Lab.


If you have any feedback or if you want to report any problem, please don't hesitate to contact us at: teodoro.montanaro [at]



In un mondo sempre più connesso in cui quasi ogni persona possiede uno smartphone, ognuno di noi riceve ogni giorno moltissime notifiche, ma solo alcune di esse sono realmente interessanti. La nostra ricerca punta ad identificare le ragioni di questa differenza di interesse nelle notifiche ed in particolare all'identificazione della relazione esistente tra l'utilità di una notifica e il contesto in cui è ricevuta (dove si trova l'utente, che ora è e qual è l'attuale attività dell'utente).

Con l'obiettivo di analizzare questa correlazione, è stata sviluppata un'applicazione per dispositivi Android che permette di raccogliere i seguenti dati statistici e anonimi:

  1. Informazioni di contesto: localizzazione, connettività wi-fi, attività;
  2. Dettagli relativi alle notifiche: ora di arrivo, nome dell'app che ha generato la notifica (e.g., Whatsapp, Hangout, ...), identificatore univoco del mittente (versione criptata del titolo della notifica Android), localizzazione del dispositivo;
  3. Altri dettagli: stato dello smartphone (acceso o spento), modalità suoneria (silenzioso, vibrazione, suono), stato della batteria.

Non leggiamo e non salviamo in alcun modo il contenuto della notifica.


Aiuta la nostra ricerca: scarica l'app gratuita Notification Collector cliccando sul link seguente.


Progetto sviluppato da e-Lite Research Group presso il Politecnico di Torino in collaborazione con il TIM SWARM Joint Open Lab.


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