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Special Issue: Understanding Digital Wellbeing within Complex Technological Contexts

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The International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS) issued a special issue on the topic "Understanding Digital Wellbeing within Complex Technological Contexts". Nowadays, there is a growing — yet debated — discussion...

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Convegno "Cittadini nel paese delle meraviglie"

La relazione tra pubblica amministrazione, fornitori di servizi, ed utilizzatori finali (cittadini ed operatori delle amministrazioni) è in profonda evoluzione, con una nuova attenzione rispetto alle esigenze dell'utente, anche attraverso...

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De Russis newly appointed SIGCHI Adjunct Chair

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Congratulations to Luigi De Russis, who has been appointed as an Adjunct Chair (AC) in the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee. He has been selected after an open call and will serve...

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Publication: Designing technology that promotes users' digital wellbeing

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The Fall 2021 issue of the ACM XRDS magazine is dedicated to the topic "Is Computing Toxic?". For that issue, Alberto and Luigi were entitled "Designing technology that promotes users...

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Participation at VL/HCC 2021

The e-Lite group will participate at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) with a short research paper entitled "TextCode: A Tool to Support Problem Solving Among...

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Participation at INTERACT 2021

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The e-Lite group will participate at the 18th International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2021). The conference will be held in Bari, Italy, in an hybrid format from August 30 to...

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Formazione su Usabilità delle Interfacce Web

L'Area Information Technology del Politecnico di Torino gestisce centinaia di procedure applicative web-based, realizzate nel corso dei decenni, ed aventi diversi livelli di usabilità. Nel periodo giugno-luglio 2021, è stato...

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Nuovo corso: Benessere Digitale

Due ragazzi guardano il proprio smartphone davanti a un BBQ, ma lo smartphone è stato rimosso dalla foto.

Gli smartphone sono diventati parte integrante della nostra vita quotidiana e il loro utilizzo è così cresciuto che non possiamo uscire di casa senza di loro. Grazie a essi, possiamo...

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IoT for Olivetti novice developers

In this week, the e-Lite group participated in the training (theoretical and practical il lab) with 13 novice programmers, in the context of a post-degree master. The students worked together...

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Active: since 2008

iot ontologies logoDogOnt was originally meant to represent home automation devices for interoperability support. In the past years it underwent several reviews and amendments, and its scope was widened to include devices and technologies typically part of an indoor IoT network.

If the original focus was more on modeling operational aspects enabling device control, the latest version has moved to a more informed, modular and linked modeling approach which enables adoption of DogOnt-based representations at different abstraction layers. While device control and interoperability is still one of the pillars of the representation, extensibility, modularity and service-based representation of IoT entities empower the latest ontology, enabling modular integration and reconciliation of different specifications, e.g., the cluster-based ZigBee Home Automation model and the registry-based Modbus data representation.

More attention is also devoted to the Linked Open Data initiative: the ontology is now listed in the Linked Open Vocabulary data set and its connections with well-known ontologies are being improved day by day. Moreover, DogOnt was among the most important sources used in the creation of the SAREF ETSI standard.

The DogOnt ontology aims at offering a uniform, extensible model for all devices being part of a "local" Internet of Things inside a smart environment. Its major focus is on device modeling, for all the aspects needed to abstract device "capabilities" from low-level idiosyncrasies and communication issues. This enables both abstract reasoning on devices, e.g., to find similar devices or to identify the most suitable output to which forward urgent notifications, and actual integration of different technologies, and paradigms.

It mainly allows to describe:

  • Where a (smart) device is located;
  • The set of capabilities of a device;
  • The technology-specific features needed to interface the device;
  • The possible configurations that the device can assume (states);
  • How the smart environment is composed;
  • What kind of architectural elements and furniture are placed within.

Publications

Our publications are available throught PORTO@Iris, the open repository of publications produced by the scientific community of Politecnico di Torino.

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