IIHCC focuses its attention on the ways that people interact with one another and with their environment. Interest areas in this DA include smart, healthy, and sustainable cities and communities; transportation systems; human safety, health, and wellness; integrated energy systems; network science and engineering; public policy; and cyber-physical systems. The initial focus for IIHCC will be on four themes: Ubiquitous Mobility: The location-agnostic promise of new communication and information technologies Automated Vehicle Systems: vehicles that can transit safely and efficiently through our communities independent of a human operator Smart Design and Construction: an intelligent, integrated, adaptable, responsive, and sustainable human-centric built environment Energy: the underlying innovations that will be required in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy to realize such a system

Recent Submissions

  • Under-actuated Controllability for Spacecraft Rendezvous 

    Rogers, Andrew; Woolsey, Craig; McGwier, Robert (Virginia Tech, 2014-06-27)
    In this report, we examine the controllability of a particular form of the equations of motion for spacecraft formation flying. These equations, the Tschauner-Hempel equations, rescale the formation flying equations to a ...
  • “Smart” Tools for Socially Sustainable Transport: A Review of Mobility Apps 

    Gebresselassie, Mahtot; Sanchez, Thomas W. (MDPI, 2018-05-30)
    In the smart city, information and communications technologies (ICTs) are proposed as solutions to urban challenges, including sustainability concerns. While sustainability commonly refers to economic and environmental ...
  • Survey on In-vehicle Technology Use: Results and Findings 

    Kamalanathsharma, Raj K.; Rakha, Hesham A.; Zohdy, Ismail H. (Elsevier, 2015)
    The use of advanced technology in automobiles has increased dramatically in the past couple of years. Driver-assisting gadgets such as navigation systems, advanced cruise control, collision avoidance systems, and other ...
  • A Fully-Distributed Heuristic Algorithm for Control of Autonomous Vehicle Movements at Isolated Intersections 

    Hassan, Abdallah A.; Rakha, Hesham A. (Elsevier, 2014)
    Optimizing autonomous vehicle movements through roadway intersections is a challenging problem. It has been demonstrated in the literature that traditional traffic control, such as traffic signal and stop sign control are ...
  • HOMER: An Interactive System for Home Based Stroke Rehabilitation 

    Kelliher, Aisling; Choi, Jinwoo; Huang, Jia-Bin; Rikakis, Thanassis; Kitani, Kris (ACM, 2017)
    Delivering long term, unsupervised stroke rehabilitation in the home is a complex challenge that requires robust, low cost, scalable, and engaging solutions. We present HOMER, an interactive system that uses novel therapy ...
  • Problematic Roadway Environments for Automated Vehicles 

    Terry, Travis N.; Tanner, Stephen (National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence, 2018-04-03)
    Progress in the area of automated vehicles (AVs) will benefit safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability. Of the roughly 30,000 traffic-related fatalities reported yearly, 94% are due to human error. AVs replace ...
  • Floor Tile Energy Harvester for Self-Powered Wireless Occupancy Sensing 

    Sharpes, Nathan; Vučković, Dušan; Priya, Shashank (De Gruyter, 2016)
    We investigate a concept that can reduce the overall power requirement of a smart building through improvements in the real-time control of HVAC and indoor lighting based on the building occupancy. The increased number of ...
  • The CEHMS Chronicle, November 2013 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2013-11)
    This is the quarterly newsletter for the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems.
  • The CEHMS Chronicle, April 2014 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2014-04)
    This is the quarterly newsletter for the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems.
  • Design and testing of a pneumatically propelled underwater glider for shallow water 

    Wolek, Artur; Gode, Tejaswi; Woolsey, Craig A.; Quenzer, Jake; Morgansen, Kristi A. (Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, 2015-10-28)
    This report details the design and testing of a pneumatically propelled underwater glider. The vehicle was designed as a platform for motion control experimentation, and to explore the use of novel actuator designs to ...
  • Exploration of under-ice regions with ocean profiling agents (EUROPA) 

    Allen, David W.; Jones, Matthew; McCue-Weil, Leigh S.; Woolsey, Craig A.; Moore, William B. (Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, 2013-09-14)
    Europa is an incredibly enticing target for exploration – the nearest reaches of what may be a vast new "habitable zone" of interior oceans warmed and stirred by tidal forces. Decades of NASA and National Academy studies ...
  • Radiation Search Operations using Scene Understanding with Autonomous UAV and UGV 

    Christie, Gordon; Shoemaker, Adam; Kochersberger, Kevin; Tokekar, Pratap; McLean, Lance; Leonessa, Alexander (Virginia Tech, 2016-08-31)
    Autonomously searching for hazardous radiation sources requires the ability of the aerial and ground systems to understand the scene they are scouting. In this paper, we present systems, algorithms, and experiments to ...
  • Costs of Using Unmanned Aircraft on Crop Farms 

    Ireland-Otto, Nancy; Ciampitti, Ignacio A.; Blanks, Mark T.; Burton, Robert O. Jr.; Balthazor, Travis (American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, 2016)
    Excitement is high about the potential uses of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in agriculture. We budgeted the costs of high-yield, non-irrigated corn production on two fields on a “representative” farm located in Northeastern ...
  • A collaboration workflow from sound-based composition to performance of electroacoustic music using «Pure Data» as a framework. 

    Tsoukalas, Kyriakos (Bauhaus Universitat Weimer, 2011-08)
    This paper describes a workflow for composers, engineers and performers to collaborate, using Pure Data (PD) as a framework, towards the design of electroacoustic musical instruments intended for live performances of ...
  • Review of user interface devices for ambient assisted living smart homes for older people 

    O'Mullane, B.A.; Knapp, R.B.; Bond, R. (International Society for Gerontechnology, 2010)
    Smart homes generally focus on issues to do with security, health, energy savings and entertainment, issues which grow in importance as we age. The sensors, actuators and entertainment devices required to build such a ...
  • Adoption of High-Performance Housing Technologies Among U.S. Homebuilding Firms, 2000 Through 2010 

    McCoy, Andrew P.; Koebel, C. Theodore; Sanderford, Andrew R.; Franck, Christopher T.; Keefe, Matthew J. (HUD, 2015)
    This article describes foundational processes of a larger project examining U.S. home builders’ choices to adopt innovative housing technologies that improve the environmental performance of new single-family homes. Home ...
  • A Framework for Occupancy Tracking in a Building via Structural Dynamics Sensing of Footstep Vibrations 

    Poston, Jeffrey D.; Buehrer, R. Michael; Tarazaga, Pablo A. (Frontiers, 2017-11-06)
    Counting the number of occupants in building areas over time—occupancy tracking— provides valuable information for responding to emergencies, optimizing thermal conditions or managing personnel. This capability is distinct ...
  • Environmental Information Improves Robotic Search Performance 

    Yetkin, Harun; Lutz, Collin; Stilwell, Daniel (Virginia Tech, 2016)
    We address the problem where a mobile search agent seeks to find an unknown number of stationary objects distributed in a bounded search domain, and the search mission is subject to time/distance constraint. Our work ...
  • Evaluation of Resiliency of Transportation Networks After Disasters 

    Freckleton, Derek; Heaslip, Kevin; Louisell, William; Collura, John (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2012)
    The resiliency of infrastructure, particularly as related to transportation networks, is essential to any society. This resiliency is especially vital in the aftermath of disasters. Recent events around the globe, including ...
  • Synchronization challenges in media access coordination for vehicular ad hoc networks 

    Blum, Jeremy; Natarajan, Rajesh; Eskandarian, Azim (Wiley, 2010-01-18)
    Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) can support a wide range of future cooperative safety and efficiency applications. However, the node density and high demand for wireless media in these networks can lead to the Timeslot ...

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