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3rd Monday Event

Past, Present and Future of Ambient Computing by Professor Ahmad Lotfi

Date: Monday, 20th February 2017
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


Computing will become transparent to humans and naturally involved in our everyday living. Ambient Computing refers to a digital environment that proactively supports people in their daily lives. It is an emerging discipline that brings intelligence to our living environments, makes those environments sensitive to us, and adapting according to the user’s needs. By enriching an environment with appropriate sensors and interconnected devices, the environment would be able to sense changes and support decisions that benefit the users of that environment.

Such smart environments could help to reduce energy consumption and thus the cost of facilities, improve safety and security, while at the same time increase user’s comfort. One specific area of interest is the application of ambient computing in Assisted Living, where the home environment provides assistance with daily living activities for people with different cognitive and physical disabilities. To enhance the intelligence of the environment, Computational Intelligence techniques as a set of nature-inspired computational methodologies are available to address such complex problems for which traditional approaches are ineffective. This talk will provide a review of the technologies and environments that comprise ambient computing.

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About the Presenter

Ahmad Lotfi is a Professor of Computational Intelligence at Nottingham Trent University, where he is leading the research group in Computational Intelligence and Applications (CIA). He is a senior member of the IEEE. He has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific papers in the area of computational intelligence and ambient intelligence in highly prestigious journals and international conferences.

He has contributed to the research community by serving as the editor of journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments and associate editor of journal of Soft Computing. He has received external funding from Innovate UK, EU and industrial companies to support his research. He has acted as an Expert Evaluator and Panel Member for many EU research programmes including FP6/FP7 and Horizon 2020.

He has also acted as the organiser and member of the programme committee for numerous international conferences. His current research focuses on the identification of changes in behaviour of elderly people suffering from Dementia or any other cognitive impairments. The aim of his research is to design an unobtrusive activities of daily living monitoring to allow identification and prediction of abnormal behaviour. The approach used is to gather data on the routine activities of the elders without altering the elders’ normal behaviour.

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