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Integrating Technology for Intelligent Products, Systems and Services

December 25th, 2011 Comments off

by Dr. Jun Hu and Prof. Loe Feijs @IDI, Zhejiang University, 2011 @IDI, Zhejiang University, 2011.

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Optimizing the added value and usability of the Smartest Home of the Netherlands

December 9th, 2011 Comments off

Final USI project by Leoni van de Sande. Summary of the report: [PDF, 300K]. Complete report upon request.


Entrance screen

The aim of this industrial project at Smart Homes , the Dutch expertise centre on home automation and smart living, was twofold. On the one hand, the level of appreciation of existing (concepts of) smart home applications was examined. In this purpose, (concepts of) smart home applications were first collected through field research, literature, and European and national projects Smart Homes contributes to. Afterwards, the collected (concepts of) smart home applications were filtered based on the smart home classification by Aldrich and its appreciation was tested by means of a questionnaire. Based on the results of this questionnaire, the applications that were most appreciated were visualized. Ideally, these visualizations will be shown in the Smartest Home of the Netherlands, a test and demonstration home located in Eindhoven, to show visitors the added value of home automation (i.e. domotica).

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CALL FOR APPLICATION: Erasmus Mundus Joint/Double Doctoral Program in Interactive and Cogitive Environments(ICE)

December 6th, 2011 Comments off


The deadline of the EMJD ICE Call for Application is approaching: 15 January 2012 at 12 AM CET.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers PhD candidates a education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering. Candidates must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of ICT engineering.

TU/e is involved in the research area of “Design for Social Interaction”.

More about EMJD/ICE, see

A new round of  EMJD call for application is open. Download ICE_call_III_cohort (PDF) for details.

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Surround sound tuning based on location

December 4th, 2011 Comments off

Final USI Report by Angeliki Angeletou. [PDF, 1.9M]

Location-based Sound

Location-based Sound

Surround Sound Systems are designed to faithfully reproduce a movie soundtrack and provide an immersive sound experience to the user, when the loudspeaker placement and the listening position comply with certain standards. Deviation from these standards can cause a distorted or unnatural sound image. In order to address the impact of the loudspeaker setup on the listening experience, two Philips Surround Sound Systems were integrated with Ultra Wideband (UWB) localization technology for the design of two demonstrators. Each demonstrator is composed of two parts; a localization module, providing user’s and speakers’ coordinates and audio tuning algorithms which use this information for the calculations of the signals that are sent to the speakers. In the present study, the performance evaluation of each component as well as the implementation of the demonstrators are described and discussed.

A. Angeletou, Surround sound tuning based on location, USI Final Report, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2011.