Automatic Thermostat Control and Behavior Modification Dec '09 - present

framework This project is an ongoing effort resulting from my Master thesis in 2009. Goal is to explore the use of outdoor location prediction to automatically control the thermostat in apartments and investigate the impact on power consumtion resulting from heating and cooling. By offering the user control over the system and consumption feedback through a mobile phone application I'm also interested in how mobile phones can influence a user's behavior. Techniques employed for this behavior modification are just-in-time recommendations, goal-setting, and behavior reflection through daily, weekly, and monthly graphs.

Special thanks to Brian Ziebart, a CMU Ph.D. student, who's work in predictive models made the automatic part of the project possible.


Software Framework for SINAIS Mar '10 - Jul '10

framework During an internship I did at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Spring/Summer 2010 I developed a software framework that allows coordination of distributed sensors. The framework features a layered structure with an XML based communication protocol between these layers. Through adoption of the Blackboard pattern the framework not only allows processing of sensor events, but more importantly comparison of different processing algorithms against each other. The framework is currently used to gather power consumption data from a novel low-cost power meter developed by researchers of the CMU|Portugal funded SINAIS project.