AmI 2017 Program


Opening Keynote at the AmI 2017 Conference

Reconciling Humans and Technology: The Role of Ambient Intelligence

Norbert A. Streitz, Scientific Director, Smart Future Initiative


About the Speaker: Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz (Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in cognitive science) is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with more than 35 years of experience in information and communication technology. Founder and Scientific Director of the Smart Future Initiative (SFI) launched in 2009. From 1987-2008, at Fraunhofer Institute IPSI, Darmstadt, holding positions as Deputy Director and Division Manager founding, e.g., the research division “AMBIENTE – Smart Environments of the Future”. Teaching appointments at the Department of Computer Science, Technical University Darmstadt for more than 15 years. Before Fraunhofer, Assistant Professor at the Technical University Aachen (RWTH). At different times of his career, he was a post-doc research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, visiting scholar at Xerox PARC and at the Intelligent Systems Lab of MITI, Tsukuba Science City, Japan. He has published/edited 24 books and authored/coauthored more than 150 papers. His research and teaching activities cover a wide range of areas: Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Hypertext/Hypermedia, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient Intelligence, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, Interaction and Experience Design, Hybrid Worlds, Smart Cities and Smart Airports, Smart Privacy, Smart Food. Manager of EU-funded projects, reviewer and evaluation expert for the EU, member of various Editorial and Advisory Boards, consultant, keynote speaker. More information at: 


In this keynote presentation, I will discuss the role of Ambient Intelligence in a range of technical and social contexts we are currently experiencing. Examples of these “smart” or “intelligent” environments and application scenarios are smart cities and airports, smart mobility, connected cars, autonomous driving, location-based services.

Starting out with the context of living in the Urban Age, I introduce different notions of the “smart city of the future” with a focus on so called “transient cities”. This is complemented by the concept of “hybrid” environments, i.e., integrating the virtual, digital world with the real, physical world.

There is currently a big hype about the business opportunities of smart cities based on an “Internet of Things (IoT)” infrastructure, providing information about states and dynamics of urban objects, especially when combined with information about people and their “big data” exploitation. In order to explore the challenges, but also the venues towards a human-centered IoT, I will take a critical look at the implications of smart services based on matching people’s profiles and interests with service options available at specific locations. A major focus will be on the risks resulting from these smart city installations, especially the serious infringements of privacy rights, i.e., usage of personal data without consent of the people concerned.

Our thesis is that a critical reflection of different manifestations of the “Smart Everything” paradigm is needed in order to meet the overall goal of reconciling humans and technology. A central aspect of this goal is to keep the human in the loop and in control. Therefore, a citizen-centered design approach for future cities is needed for helping us to go “beyond smart cities” and transform them into Humane, Sociable and Cooperative Hybrid Cities.

List of Selected Papers


Engineering a Cyber-Physical Intersection Management – an Experience ReportFlorian Wessling, Stefan Gries, Julius Ollesch, Marc Hesenius and Volker Gruhn
Multimodal agent techniques for spontaneous document retrieval in meetingsJohn Dowell and Hugo Lopez Tovar
Exploring Design Opportunities for Intelligent Worker Assistance: A new Approach Using Projection-Based AR and a Novel Hand-Tracking AlgorithmSebastian Büttner, Oliver Sand and Carsten Röcker
AuthentiCap – A Touchless Vehicle Authentication & Personalization SystemSebastian Frank and Arjan Kuijper
Indoor Localization Based on Passive Electric Field SensingBiying Fu, Florian Kirchbuchner, Julian von Wilmsdorff, Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, Andreas Braun and Arjan Kuijper
Safety Services in Smart Environments using Depth CamerasMatthias Mettel, Michael Alekseew, Carsten Stocklöw and Andreas Braun
Contextual Requirements Prioritization and its Application to Smart HomesPaolo Sernani, Aldo Franco Dragoni, Estefania Serral and Fabiano Dalpiaz
Voices and Views of Informal Caregivers – Investigating Ambient Assisted Living TechnologiesChristina Jaschinski and Somaya Ben Allouch
Easy to Install Indoor Positioning System that Parasitizes Home LightingTakuya Maekawa and Yuki Sakumichi
Exploring the Use of Ambient WiFi Signals to Find Vacant HousesShinichi Konomi, Tomoyo Sasao and Simo Hosio
A Framework for Distributed Interaction in Intelligent EnvironmentsDario Di Mauro, Juan Augusto, Antonio Origlia and Francesco Cutugno
Which mobile health toolkit should a service provider choose? A comparative evaluation of Apple HealthKit, Google Fit, and Samsung Digital Health PlatformBabak A. Farshchian and Thomas Vilarinho
Visual End-User Programming of Personalized AAL in the Internet of ThingsYannis Valsamakis and Anthony Savidis
Opportunities for Biometric Technologies in Smart EnvironmentsOlaf Henniger, Naser Damer and Andreas Braun
New approach for optimizing the usage of situation recognition algorithms within IoT domainsChinara Mammadova, Helmi Ben Hmida and Arjan Kuijper
HUDConCap – Automotive Head-Up Display Controlled with Capacitive Proximity SensingSebastian Frank and Arjan Kuijper
E-textile Couch: Towards Smart Garments integrated FurnitureSilvia Rus, Andreas Braun and Arjan Kuijper
Context-Aware Monitoring Agents For Ambient Assisted Living ApplicationsSofiane Bouznad and Abdelghani Chibani
Competencies of people with Down syndrome and how to support them to increase their independence and autonomy – Results of the Requirement Analysis in POSEIDON ProjectAnne Engler, Anna Zirk, Monique Siebrandt, Eva Schulze and Detlef Oesterreich
An Exploratory Study on Electric Field SensingJulian von Wilmsdorff, Florian Kirchbuchner, Biying Fu, Andreas Braun and Arjan Kuijper
A Framework for Responsive EnvironmentsBenjamin Salem, Jorge Alves Lino and Jan Simons