Affordance-based approach in the design of smart environments

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    Smart environments are environments in which human live, work, and do things, actively use the possibilities of the environment for different purposes. The value of the smart environment is generated through the system’s functioning for the achievement of the activity’s intended goals and expectations. Therefore, only by concentrating on the development of technology it cannot be build smart environments. We are claiming that in order to generate smart environments, in which the environment and the actor are understood as one functioning whole the systems have to support the users’ situation awareness. In this kind of smart environment relevant information is perceived and integrated with the task goals to promote the understanding of the present activities and possible future states of the system. Here the aim is to study how meaning is generated through acting in smart control rooms. Our approach is based on ecological psychology, especially the concept of affordance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPersuasive 2008
    Place of PublicationOulu
    PublisherUniversity of Oulu
    ISBN (Print)978-951-42-8817-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    Event3rd International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2008 - Oulu, Finland
    Duration: 4 Jun 20086 Jun 2008

    Publication series

    SeriesUniversity of Oulu. Department of Information Processing Science. Series A: Research papers


    Conference3rd International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2008


    • Smart environments
    • affordance
    • ecological approach
    • embodied/situated situation awareness


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