ECE Colloquium - September 26

Dr. Kamin Whitehouse, University of Virginia

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CoRE Building Lecture Hall

The Rise of the Practical Smart Home


People spend 60% of their time in their homes, and the performance of a home affects every aspect of a person's life. As such, "smart homes" have real potential to help people better understand and manage aspects of their own lives, including their energy consumption, medical health, and family function. This talk will present a new smart home system that can detect who is in the home, which rooms they are in, and what they are doing in terms of water fixture and electrical fixture usage -- but without instrumenting the people or fixtures, and without using cameras, microphones, or the use of wearable tags or transmitters. A main goal of the system is to be affordable and easy to install: in production version, it is expected to cost less than a new television, and to be installed in minutes.


Dr. Kamin Whitehouse works in the areas of wireless sensor networks, with a focus on applications in energy conservation. He is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia, is a Siebel scholar, and was awarded NSF CAREER award. He earned his BA and BS from Rutgers University and his MS and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.