Ambient Intelligence: A Paradigm Shift in Wearables and the Internet of Things
With recent strides in machine learning and data science, we approach an era where artificial intelligence will inevitably be present in every aspect of our daily lives, monitoring, analyzing, and aiding with a variety of different applications from health monitoring to driving. This paradigm, called Ambient Intelligence, will be enabled mostly through smart devices worn or integrated into our environments, as they will provide the sensing and interactive elements, as well as the processing power required to realize this paradigm. In this talk, a deep look into this concept will be provided, and the critical role of wearable devices and the Internet of Things will be discussed. Additionally, the future applications and implications of living in a world of Ambient Intelligence will be examined and analyzed.
Ali Etemad is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, and director of the Ambient Intelligence and Interaction (Amii) lab. Ali received his Ph.D. from the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. Subsequently, he joined Carleton’s School of Information Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow and an Adjunct Professor, and held several lead industrial positions, most notably as the Director of Data Science and Intelligent Systems at Myant Inc., a Canadian wearable technology and IoT company. He currently sits on the advisory boards of a number of high-tech companies in a variety of different fields ranging from wearable devices and smart homes to natural language processing. The ground-breaking works that Ali has been involved in have featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CNET, CTV, CBC, Maclean’s, and others, and have resulted in a large number of peer-reviewed articles and patents. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, grants, and scholarships, and has delivered several invited talks regarding his work in the industry and academia. He is the Vice Chair (Technical Programme) of IEEE Kingston, sits on the Standards Council of Canada’s mirror committee on Wearable Electronic Devices and Technologies, and is a member of technical/reviewing committees for a number of notable journals and conferences in the field including IEEE Trans. HMS, IEEE Trans. KDE, IEEE Access, IEEE J. BHI, J. ASOC, J. CVIU, J. NCA, IEEE BSN, ACM SAP, ACM VRST, ACM AutomotiveUI, and others.