Sensing Places

http://www.sensingplaces.com/

Our Mission

In our view architecture is no longer concerned merely with designing appealing containers for people and things. In combination with Perceptual Intelligence modeling techniques and state-of-the-art sensing technology, we endow architectural spaces with the ability to senserespond and adapt to the way peopleexperienceinteract with and use them.

We create living, sensitive people-driven spaces that are at once engaging, entertaining and elegant. Spaces that will also make an invaluable contribution to the definition of a new concept of architecture for the third millennium.

The Weirdest People in the World?

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1601785

Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. Researchers – often implicitly – assume that either there is little variation across human populations, or that these “standard subjects” are as representative of the species as any other population. Are these assumptions justified? Here, our review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species – frequent outliers. The domains reviewed include visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, reasoning styles, self-concepts and related motivations, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior – hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. We close by proposing ways to structurally re‐organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges.

Project deliverables – American sign language interpreter

Report:HHH – Gabellec Geoffroy – final report

Poster: poster

Shipping containers as the new homes

Using paper recycling in homes

Zero Energy Homes – Final Project Deliverables

Abstract:
Zero Energy Homes is a Survey project conducted and completed as a course requirement of CS 8803 – Happy Healthy Home for the semester of Spring 2010. It analyzes the concept of a ZEH, conducts a survey to take into account people’s opinion. We also include seven easy steps to convert or build a home with zero energy design.
From the analysis of the survey, we draw some useful inferences that are presented in the following sections. ZEH are said to have a considerable impacton the environment and this project survey considers people’s opinion regarding the same. The concept of a zero energy home is now becoming common, and more and more people have started adapting their home amenities / utilities in a way that abide by the Zero Energy Design.
Project Report: HHH_Report_final
Poster: HHH_Poster
Presentation: HHH
Thanks and Regards,
Anuja Chockalingam(902 606 234)
Surabhi Satam

Project Deliverables: Zero Energy Homes

Zero net energy homes are homes which are often equipped with solar power and are designed to generate more energy than they consume.

Poster: HHH_Poster

Presentaion Slides: Presentation1

Report: HHH_Report_final

– Anuja Chockalingam