ERCIM Working Group SESAMI

Smart Environments and Systems for Ambient Intelligence


The field of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments is an emerging field of research and development that is rapidly gaining wide attention by an increasing number of researchers and practitioners worldwide. This is mainly due to the following reasons:

  • Ambient Intelligence brings a special perspective to the ongoing research associated with technical fields such as ubiquitous computing, pervasive and proactive computing, ambient computing, embedded computing, and smart objects. Ambient Intelligence has become well focused by putting people and social contexts at the centre of consideration, while at the same time targeting to distribute, embed, coordinate and interactively deliver computing intelligence within the surrounding environment.
  • The notion of Ambient Intelligence, as described above, is becoming a de facto key dimension of the emerging Information Society, since many new generation industrial digital products and services are clearly shifted towards an overall smart computing environment.


Work related to Ambient Intelligence is concerned with modeling and supporting people and their activities, sensing and locating people and objects, managing and interpreting contexts, providing awareness and notification, and enabling natural and intuitive interaction of people with their environments via multiple modalities and coupled devices. Additionally, a key issue regarding smart environments is the delivery of extensible infrastructures with varying intelligent computational resources exploiting underlying information sources, corresponding software platforms and architectures able to provide and handle intelligent services. The orchestration and integration of computational elements that comprise distributed applications serving multiple users in mobile as well as stationary interaction contexts is another important aspect of Ambient Intelligence. Relevant applications are expected to effectively provide value–added services via smart artifacts that are smoothly integrated in the surrounding environment and can be accessed also remotely in distributed environments. Potential thematic topics of the SESAMI Working Group include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Human activity modeling and support
  • Context models, management and interpretation
  • Sensing paradigms and technologies
  • Awareness and notification
  • Tangible, multimodal, and implicit interaction
  • Universal access
  • Mobile and stationary artifacts
  • Distribution and orchestration
  • Service infrastructures
  • Multimedia content
  • Adaptive interfaces and services
  • Coordination and collaboration
  • Social aspects, reflecting the “human in the loop”
  • Security and privacy
  • Applications (e.g., office / work, home, public spaces, health care, education, leisure / entertainment, etc.)



Last update: October 1st, 2007