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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

  • 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 ...
  • Riverine Autonomy 

    Stilwell, Daniel J. (Defense Technical Information Center, 2013-09-30)
    The principal goal of this project is to develop the technology and algorithms that will enable an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to operate fast and autonomously in unknown riverine environments, including tropical rivers. ...
  • Dynamic Travel Time Prediction using Pattern Recognition 

    Chen, Hao; Rakha, Hesham A.; McGhee, Catherine C. (TU Delft, 2013)
    Travel-time information is an essential part of Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATISs) and Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMSs). A key component of these systems is the prediction of travel times. From the ...
  • Energy Efficient Technology Diffusion Factors: A Systematic Review 

    Bhattacharjee, Suchismita; McCoy, Andrew (IJSER Publications, 2012-11)
    Due to the escalating population and the resulting increase in energy use, the world is faced with the challenge of energy crisis. To mitigate the rise in energy crisis, innovation, adoption, and diffusion of energy efficient ...
  • An Empirical Study on the Energy Consumption in Residential Buildings after Adopting Green Building Standards 

    Zhao, Dong; McCoy, Andrew; Du, Jing (Elsevier, 2016)
    In the past decades, a tremendous effort has been put into research and development of improved building systems and technologies to reduce the building energy consumption and advance energy efficiency. However, there is ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Effectiveness and Acceptance of Adaptive Intelligent Speed Adaptation Systems 

    Arhin, Stephen; Eskandarian, Azim; Blum, Jeremy; Delaigue, Pierre; Soudbakhsh, Damoon (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2008)
    Intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) systems face significant consumer acceptance hurdles that limit the likelihood of widespread adoption, particularly in the United States. However, if these systems are designed as speed ...
  • Sensing and Autonomy for Riverine Vessels 

    Stilwell, Daniel J.; Woolsey, Craig A. (Defense Technical Information Center, 2012)
    The principal goal of this project is to develop the technology and algorithms that will enable an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to operate fast and autonomously in unknown riverine environments, including tropical rivers. ...
  • 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 ...

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