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Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2562;

The Virtual Environment for Rapid Prototyping of the Intelligent Environment

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, LIARA, Chicoutimi, QC G7H 2B1, Canada
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Received: 19 August 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 7 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sensors for Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Buildings)
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Advances in domains such as sensor networks and electronic and ambient intelligence have allowed us to create intelligent environments (IEs). However, research in IE is being held back by the fact that researchers face major difficulties, such as a lack of resources for their experiments. Indeed, they cannot easily build IEs to evaluate their approaches. This is mainly because of economic and logistical issues. In this paper, we propose a simulator to build virtual IEs. Simulators are a good alternative to physical IEs because they are inexpensive, and experiments can be conducted easily. Our simulator is open source and it provides users with a set of virtual sensors that simulates the behavior of real sensors. This simulator gives the user the capacity to build their own environment, providing a model to edit inhabitants’ behavior and an interactive mode. In this mode, the user can directly act upon IE objects. This simulator gathers data generated by the interactions in order to produce datasets. These datasets can be used by scientists to evaluate several approaches in IEs. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; intelligent environment; simulation; sensor; visualisation smart home; intelligent environment; simulation; sensor; visualisation

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Francillette, Y.; Boucher, E.; Bouzouane, A.; Gaboury, S. The Virtual Environment for Rapid Prototyping of the Intelligent Environment. Sensors 2017, 17, 2562.

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