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Context-Aware Structures: Understanding the User and Surrounding Situations

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Understanding the user and surrounding context is essential for improving the service quality of the structures as well as for increasing operational efficiency. For example, occupant activity information in/around different locations of building can be used for personalized services and energy/space ...

Understanding the user and surrounding context is essential for improving the service quality of the structures as well as for increasing operational efficiency. For example, occupant activity information in/around different locations of building can be used for personalized services and energy/space management to increase user productivity while saving costs. Advances in integrating sensors, data analytics, structural models, and control have enabled context-aware smart structure systems while raising research challenges at the intersections of cyber, physical, and human domains.
This Research Topic invites original contributions and review papers in the areas of smart structure systems and applications for understanding user and surrounding context. The structures of interest may include, but not limited to buildings, critical urban infrastructure, vehicles, and machinery. This Research Topic particularly emphasizes approaches that understand user behaviors and dynamic surrounding events in/around structures and improve user comfort and operational efficiency. Both experimental and analytical approaches are encouraged. Articles may discuss new research approaches, reviews of the current state-of-the-art, and future research visions.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to sensing, modeling, analytics, and control systems for:
- understanding user context in structures, such as their locations, activities, productivity, social interactions, psychological states, etc.
- understanding surrounding situations, such as acoustics, air quality, vibration, lighting, thermal comfort, construction activities, unusual events, etc.
- human in the loop system for efficient sensing and asset management
- optimizing user comfort, productivity, safety, and health
- novel context-aware structure systems


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