An Intelligent Knowledge Representation of Smart Home Energy Parameters

Mario J. Kofler
Vienna University of Technology, Automation Systems Group, Vienna, Austria

Christian Reinisch
Vienna University of Technology, Automation Systems Group, Vienna, Austria

Wolfgang Kastner
Vienna University of Technology, Automation Systems Group, Vienna, Austria

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp11057921

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:23, s. 921-928

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Homes in today’s world tend to include more and more electrically powered devices. Much effort is put on improving these facilities; but their integration towards a smart home often remains unconsidered. While there are some promising approaches to integrate devices with the help of knowledge bases; they are still not fully convincing. In all cases they fail to cover the energy behavior of installed devices which is a severe shortcoming with respect to the increasing energy demand of a home. As most residents are still unaware where the energy is consumed and which actions eventually lead to a lower demand; an energy related knowledge representation is of importance. This paper proposes such an energy knowledge base modeled as ontology. This artifact comprises a comprehensive collection of miscellaneous energy related information and allows home automation systems to make intelligent decisions upon this knowledge. Using the ontology; energy consumption in the home itself can now be optimized by executing intelligent control strategies that incorporate and exploit the additional knowledge in their algorithms. Likewise; also renewable energy suppliers are represented and may be considered by a smart home system in order to reduce the overall ecological footprint of the residents and provide additional services for home control.


Energy Parameters; Smart Homes; Ontologies


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