Smart Condo

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The Smart Condo Project

People Involved

Nicholas Boers David Chodos Jianzhao Huang Veselin Ganev Julia Vlasenko Masoud Vatanpour Shahrzad Rafatnia

Lili Liu Eleni Stroulia Robert Lederer Ioanis Nikolaidis Cheryl Sadowski Sharla King

Lisa Guirguis Michael Carbonaro Pawel Gburzynski

January 18, 2012: ECHA Grand Opening (see pics and Global TV video segment)

The Smart Condo at the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons web [[1]]

This Smart-Condo video (January 2009) shows side-by-side a person's activity in the real smart condo and the corresponding avatar activity in the virtual smart condo.

A similar demonstration (only with a model condo) can be found at (May 2011).

A video of the virtual-world replay of a more complex deployment (November 2011) and the 2D report of the recorded activities can be found at the Smart-Condo video (Nov2011).

During the Fall term of 2009, Tyler Hawkins developed a Smart Onesie Smart-Onesie video and a Smart Placemat Smart-Placemat video using Arduinos.

On December 9 2009, Vanguard College held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new facilities. For this event we developed a scenario in SL to illustrate the vision for their technologically advanced facilities - Vanguard video

During the Winter term of 2010, a CMPUT401 team built, in collaboration with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, a game to motivate children with CP to exercise. The game integrates SunSPOTS ( and OpenWonderland ( See a video on their work SunSPOTs-in-WL.


University of Alberta's Collaborative/Teaching Unit Award 2011 ( )

The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate academic staff teaching by a collaborative/teaching unit (two or more instructors). Our team was given this award for the course we are teaching as part of our Smart-Condo project, to students from Occupational Therapy, Industrial Design, Pharmacy and Computing Science.


E. Stroulia, D. Chodos, N. Boers, J. Huang, P. Gburzynski, I. Nikolaidis: Software Engineering for Health Education and Care Delivery Systems: The Smart Condo Project, workshop on “Software Engineering in Healthcare”, at the 31st International Conference on Software Engineering, May 2008, Vancouver Canada, pp. 20-28, ACM/IEEE.

N. Boers, D. Chodos, J. Huang, P. Gburzynski, I. Nikolaidis, E. Stroulia: The Smart Condo: Visualizing Independent Living Environments in a Virtual World, Pervasive Health 2009, 1-8.

E. Stroulia: Smart Services Across the Real and Virtual Worlds. In The Smart Internet (eds.) Jim Cordy, Mark Chignel, Joanna Ng. Yelena.Yesha, LNCS 6400, Springer Verlag. 2010. pp. 178-196.

N. M. Boers, D. Chodos, P. Gburzynski, L. Guirguis, J.Huang, R. Lederer, L. Liu, I. Nikolaidis, C. Sadowski, E. Stroulia: The Smart Condo Project: Services for Independent Living. In “Smart Healthcare Applications and Services” by C. Roecker (ed). 289-314 IGI Global 2011.

V. Ganev, D. Chodos, I. Nikolaidis, E. Stroulia The Smart Condo: Integrating Sensor Networks and Virtual Worlds, pp:49-54, Second International Workshop on Software Engineering for Sensor Network Applications (SESENA 2011), ICSE 2011.

K. Woo, V. Ganev, E. Stroulia, I. Nikolaidis, L. Liu, R. Lederer: Sensors as an Evaluative Tool for Independent Living, Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2012, Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare, 8190-8199, July 17, 2012, CRC Press, Vincent G. Duffy (Ed.), Purdue University, Indiana, USA

E. Stroulia, I. Nikolaidis, L. Liu, S. King, L. Lessard. Home Care and Technology: A Case Study. 2nd International Conference on Global Telehealth. 142-152. Global Telehealth 2012, Sydney Australia, 6-28 November 2012. (PMID 23138089)

I. Vlasenko, M. Vosoughpour Yazdchi, V. Ganev, I. Nikolaidis: The Smart-Condo: Infrastructure and Experience, Communications in Computer and Information Science, Volume 362 2013, Evaluating AAL Systems Through Competitive Benchmarking, International Competitions and Final Workshop, EvAAL 2012, July and September 2012. Revised Selected Papers, Stefano Chessa and Stefan Knauth (Eds.)ISBN: 978-3-642-37418-0 (Print) 978-3-642-37419-7 (Online)

S. King, L. Liu, E. Stroulia, I. Nikolaidis: Using Simulations to Integrate Technology into Health Care Aides’ Workflow, The International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace 2013 (ICELW 2013), 4p.


Smart condo a product of bright minds, UoA ExpressNews, [[2]]

Smart condo a product of bright minds, UoA Folio, [[3]]

Sensor-filled virtual home designed to keep disabled families together, By Chelsea Coupal, THE EDMONTON JOURNAL JANUARY 27, 2009, see [[4]]

A piece by Global TV see [[5]]

UAlberta Gateway [[6]]

CTV, January 2010 [[7]]

Smart Condo - Interdisciplinary
Smart Condo - Interdisciplinary

Providing affordable, high-quality healthcare to the elderly—an expensive demographic to treat—while enabling them to live independently longer is critical. The overall problem of at-home health monitoring and care delivery is socially important and technically challenging. It comes with a variety of social requirements, distinct yet equally important as the technical requirements relevant to each of the types of technologies employed in its context.

  1. First is the issue of privacy: patients, although they may appreciate the increased sense of safety that comes with the monitoring infrastructure, are leery to have their every move monitored. The question then becomes the identification of an acceptable trade-off between privacy intrusion and safety.
  2. Second is the issue of variability: patients come with different needs, and as their conditions progress, their needs change; this evolution of patient needs implies the need for an extendible assistive infrastructure that can evolve as necessary.
  3. Third is the issue of training healthcare professionals. New technologies are only as effective as the people who are using them are knowledgeable; thus, an education program is needed for training health-sciences professionals to effectively use the at-home health monitoring and care technologies to access rich information about the patient’s health status, so that they can better serve these patients.
Smart Condo
Smart Condo

In the context of our service-systems activities (see we have recently started working with colleagues in rehabilitation medicine and education towards developing a “smart condo” that can support seniors and patients living at home or in rehabilitation facilities. Although these individuals are, by and large, able to live independently, they are still susceptible to harmful incidents related to physical infirmities or memory loss. Thus, we are developing a model “smart condo” designed according to Universal Design principles, within which we have embedded a sensor network. Information from the sensor network is archived in a server, which supports a range of REST APIs through which the information is visualized to a range of views. Among the most useful views is a virtual world (currently, Second Life), in which a model of the smart condo has been built. A reengineered SL client accesses information regarding the patient’s activities, as inferred by the sensor data stream, through the server’s REST APIs and uses it to control an avatar mirroring the patient’s activity in the real world. This virtual-world view into the patient’s activity is realistic and intuitive, while at the same time non-intrusive, since personal-appearance details are not actually monitored or recorded.

In this manner, healthcare professionals have a live stream of the person’s activity and could be alerted to intervene in case a harmful event happened, or they could even go in the virtual world to communicate with the patient there. A recording of the virtual-world activity, “annotated” with the readings of the various sensors, can also serve as an aspect of the patient’s health record, providing detailed and contextual information on the patient’s history. It can be replayed in an accelerated mode, to allow quick viewing of large spans of time for diagnostic purposes. Recordings of “pedagogically interesting” activity segments can also be used for simulation training of health-sciences students. We believe that this integration of sensor networks with virtual worlds represents a “sweet spot” in the spectrum of at-home health monitoring and care delivery.

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