Presentation of the thesis

Sustainability of a university campus, and in particular energetic sustainability, relies on the efficiency and smartness of the energy systems, as well as the behavior of campus users (student, faculty, staff). Much literature is available about the solutions for creating smart buildings, and improving energy efficiency and co-generation. Likewise, social studies of behavior in smart homes and cities are also available, but the two aspects have seldom been considered jointly.

The thesis of Roberto Marturano, discussed on July 2017, explores this topic and develops an integrated system for a study room in our university. The Smart Study Room (S3) system is able to gather information from various building-related sensors and from crowd sensors, and apply data fusion to construct a comprehensive vision of what happens in a study room. Such knowledge can be used to provide, with a Living Lab methodology, selected information back to the system users, in order to (a) improve their awareness and (b) stimulate behavioral changes.

The S3 system has been evaluated through a prototype implementation and the installation in some actual space within the campus, namely a laboratory (before) and the meeting room in which Roberto discussed his thesis. In this way, a complete - yet preliminary - evaluation of the system and of the conveied information has been conducted, with appreciable results.


The summer exam session has been very successful for Ambient Intelligence students. During the two exam dates (28/06 and 19/07), all the projects were completed, and the running prototypes have been demonstrated and discussed in the LADISPE lab.

The teachers would like to congratulate with the students: this is the first time that all the started projects reached a successful end (in previous years, some projects were sadly abandoned). And it's also the first time that all project passed during the summer season (in previous years, some project was presented in the autumn exam season). So... double achievement, double congratulations.

The next step will be the public presentation of the projects at the Ambient Intelligence Student Showcase 2017, that will take place in October. Stay tuned!

A portion of the first page of the paper

The IEEE Internet of Things journal recently accepted and published an early access version of the paper entitled "Complex Event Processing for City Officers: A Filter and Pipe Visual Approach". The paper has been written by Dario Bonino (a former e-Lite group member, now at ISMB) and Luigi De Russis.

The manuscript tackles a problem that will become much more frequent in smart city scenarios: city officiers, without a technical background, will be required to exhibit a good understanding of technical features, data issues, and complex information handling that, up to few years ago, were quite far from their day-to-day administration tasks. In a smart city, such officiers will be required to effectively drive, direct, and orient various technological processes in the city, to understand and gather information about various aspects of the city itself. In the paper, an approach for enabling an easier composition of real-time data processing pipelines in smart cities is presented. The approach encompasses both a graphical editor and a sound methodology and workflow, to allow city operators to effectively design, develop, test, and deploy their own data processing pipelines. As a working example, the editor and the proposed workflow are described in the context of a pilot of an European project, held in the municipality of Turin.

On July 6, 2017, Juan Pablo Sáenz presented the paper Pain Points for Novice Programmers of Ambient Intelligence Systems: an Exploratory Study at the audience of the Symposium on Software Engineering Technologies & Applications (SETA) in the COMPSAC 2017 conference, held in Torino, Italy.

Group photo of the inaugural class of ACM-FCA

On June 25, 2017 Luigi De Russis partecipated at the inaugural meeting of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM FCA), in San Francisco. Together with the other 45 academy members, he was also invited to take part at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the A. M. Turing Award (from the 23th to the 24th of June, in San Francisco).

The e-Lite Research Group will participate in the 41st IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Computers, Software & Applications (COMPSAC 2017), at the Politecnico di Torino, in Turin, Italy, on July 4-8, 2017. COMPSAC is the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications.

Juan Pablo Sáenz will attend the conference and present the paper entitled Pain Points for Novice Programmers of Ambient Intelligence Systems: an Exploratory Study in the Symposium on Software Engineering Technologies & Applications (SETA). The paper presentation is scheduled on Thursday, the 6th of July, from 3pm to 4:30pm, in Room 2i (Corte Interrata).

The paper presents an exploratory study aimed at identifying the pain points that novice programmers experience, from the software engineering perspective, when developing and deploying Ambient Intelligence (AmI) systems. The exploratory study was conducted among undergraduate students, and based on their own experiences, individually and as a group, pain points were identified and prioritized over a common architecture and a set of software development activities. Results represent a starting point for the design of tools and methodologies targeted at overcoming the complexity that novice programmers face when developing AmI systems.