Presentation made to CSE department, October 2000 - AI Lab at WSU

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Nov 17, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Computer Science and Engineering Department

The University of Texas at Arlington

MavHome: An Intelligent Home


Diane Cook

Sharma Chakravarthy

Sajal Das

Piotr Gmystraciewicz

Larry Holder

Manfred Huber

Farhad Kamangar

Ramesh Yerraballi


Unified project incorporating varied AI

High visibility

Possible commercial implications

Smart House

Face recognition,
automated door entry

Smart sprinklers

Lighting control

Door/lock controllers,

Surveillance system

Robot vacuum cleaner

Robot lawnmower

Intelligent appliances

Climate control

Intelligent Entertainment

Automated blinds

Remote site monitoring and control

Assistance for disabilities

State of the Art

Resource rich

Software poor (no communication, no adaptability)


UTA Project Unique

Focus on entire home

House perceives and acts


Controllers for devices

Connections to the mobile user and Internet

House optimizes goal function

Maximize inhabitant comfort

Minimize cost

Maximize user productivity

Maximize security


CSE Projects

MavHome Agent Design (Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, Manfred Huber)

Predicting inhabitant and house behaviors (Diane Cook, Larry

Robot assistance (Manfred Huber, Diane Cook)

agent communication (Piotr Gmytrasiewicz)

Web monitoring and control (Farhad Kamangar)

Distributed sensor fusion (Farhad Kamangar)

Database monitoring (Sharma Chakravarthy)

Multimedia traffic for entertainment and security (Ramesh

Intelligent routing, mobility prediction (Sajal Das)

Disciplinary Projects

Smart materials and structures (Civil Engineering)

Nano structures (Electrical Engineering)

Device communication (Telcordia Technologies)

Predicting User Actions

Sequence learning

(state, action) frequencies

Frequencies + history length

MDP learning

Other factors

Time of day

Weather, health, mood, device states

Proposed MavHome Site


First Floor

Second Floor

MavHome Layout

UTA Design

School of Architecture

Faculty/student designs compete

First floor showcases

Hold receptions and meetings

Regular visitor hours

Webcams and virtual Internet

Second floor used for classes,
research, and seminars

Sources of Funding

NSF ITR proposal pending, $5M

Texas ATP forthcoming, $200k

NIH (assistance for people with disabilities), DARPA
(military applications) to be contacted

David Yates

Builder of the Intelligent Home of Tomorrow at the State Fair

Will contribute house

AT&T, contribute networking and cash

Nortel, $100k to Das for research

Friendly Robotics, robot donation

Motorola, Nokia, Dallas Semiconductor interested