"What is essential is invisible to the eyes" (A. de Saint Exupery)
"The blind man tapping the cane feels the street, not the cane" (Mark Weiser)
These quotes define the origins of MAmI Research Lab.
MAmI Research Lab was born in 2002 with the proposal to organize the 1st International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing & Ambient Intelligence (UCAmI) under the conference organized by the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Association (CAEPIA’03).
MAmI is involved on intelligent environments through technological solutions related to context-awareness and natural interactions. If we want to offer services to users easily, it is necessary to know how the intelligent environment and the user are. In this sense, we are approaching to Context Awareness concept, trying to minimize the user interaction. Furthermore, another important area to consider is mobile computing applied to health scenarios and tagged contexts. An important branch is Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) not only by researches, but also, by organizing the International Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living (IWAAL).
At the beginning, MAmI was specialized in applying Ubiquitous Computing & Ambient Intelligence paradigmss to learning environments through Identification technologies. We model these contexts by means of Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) technology. In this sense, we have studied different scenarios such as classrooms, learning labs, meeting rooms and conference places. All of them, by using our "who" model: through "where" and "when" is possible to obtain "what" tag, that is, services for supporting learning process.
Some problems of the standardization of RFID technologies and the arrival of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, led us to research about new ways to conceive the interaction by touching objects with tags. The "who" model had been changed and, another natural interaction by touching tags, opened us new ways to interact with the intelligent environment. "Tagging Context" and "Tagging Awareness" have resulted in two new theses in MAmI.
Furthermore, in terms of mobile computing, MAmI is specialized on monitoring healthcare by means of mobile phone and biometric devices to measure blood pressure, temperature, glucose, blood oxygen, and other vital signs. Furthermore, we are using other devices embedded into the mobile phone such as accelerometer and gyroscope, making possible the development of projects in the following areas: rehabilitation, frailty, physical exercises, context-aware, virtual reality and so on. Most of these, applied to enhance the life quality of elderly people by monitoring, healthcare and inclusion.
Earliest research topics rely on Augmented Reality, Accelerometry, Semantic Web and Frailty. You can see more information about our research topics here
And remember,"A good tool is an invisible tool. By invisible, I mean that the tools does not intrude on your consciousness; you focus on the task, not the tool"(Mark Weiser)