Professor and holder of the University Research Chair in Ubiquitous Computing Technologies and E-Society
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University Research Chair in Ubiquitous Computing Technologies and E-Society
Faculty of Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The development of networked wireless sensor-based Intelligent Information Appliances (I2As) able to autonomously carry out their designed functions and interact with their environments, other I2As and diverse computer and/or human users.
There are many e-society applications that could take advantage of ubiquitous computing such as e-commerce, personal shopping, personal monitors for e-health, the monitoring of remote or dangerous physical environments such as mine fields, and intelligent homes, cars, buildings, and the cities of the future.
Ubiquitous Computing Technologies for e-Society: Smart Houses and Other Intelligent Appliances
The e-society, defined as one that uses digital media in most relationships, is expected to produce dramatic changes in our social and economic realities. However, the well-established, readily usable infrastructure that the e-society requires has yet to be developed. Emil Petriu, a professor with the School of Information Technology and Engineering since 1994, is pursuing a unique vision of this e-society and the development of its infrastructure.
Recognized by his peers as a pioneer in the development of intelligent sensor-based information appliances for e-society applications such as intelligent homes and cars, Petriu envisions a world where intelligent appliances go about daily life interacting with human users as well as with other appliances such as software agents in an e-commerce environment or smart robots in an environment dangerous for humans. Called ubiquitous computing because of this 'everywhere and all the time' connection of things in the real world with those in the world of computers, this technology will preserve the original appearance, purpose and use of the appliance.
The proposed research brings together Emil Petriu's expertise in intelligent robotic sensing, software agents, human computer interfaces, virtual reality and animation for e-arts. While considered to be ambitious in its scope, his proposed research builds on a remarkable body of pioneering work that has become classic reference, frequently quoted in books and patents.
Featured Awards and Recognition
- NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation (2015)
- I&M Society Distinguished Service Award (2009)
- Donald G. Fink Prize (2003)
- I&M Society Technical Award (2003)
- Glinski Excellence in Research Award, University of Ottawa (2003)
- Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2001)
- Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2001)
- Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2000)