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Sensors 2014, 14(4), 6045-6055; doi:10.3390/s140406045

Ambient Intelligence Application Based on Environmental Measurements Performed with an Assistant Mobile Robot

1 Department of Computer Science and Industrial Engineering, University of Lleida, Jaume II, 69, 25001 Lleida, Spain 2 Department of Electronics, University of Barcelona, Martí Franquès, 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain 3 Signal and Information Processing for Sensing Systems, Institute for BioEngineering of Catalonia, Baldiri Reixac, 10-12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 13 March 2014 / Revised: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 25 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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This paper proposes the use of an autonomous assistant mobile robot in order to monitor the environmental conditions of a large indoor area and develop an ambient intelligence application. The mobile robot uses single high performance embedded sensors in order to collect and geo-reference environmental information such as ambient temperature, air velocity and orientation and gas concentration. The data collected with the assistant mobile robot is analyzed in order to detect unusual measurements or discrepancies and develop focused corrective ambient actions. This paper shows an example of the measurements performed in a research facility which have enabled the detection and location of an uncomfortable temperature profile inside an office of the research facility. The ambient intelligent application has been developed by performing some localized ambient measurements that have been analyzed in order to propose some ambient actuations to correct the uncomfortable temperature profile.
Keywords: ambient intelligence; human thermal comfort; robotic exploration ambient intelligence; human thermal comfort; robotic exploration
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Martinez, D.; Teixidó, M.; Font, D.; Moreno, J.; Tresanchez, M.; Marco, S.; Palacín, J. Ambient Intelligence Application Based on Environmental Measurements Performed with an Assistant Mobile Robot. Sensors 2014, 14, 6045-6055.

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