Thursday, 23th of March 2017, 12:00 – 1:00

Smart data for behavioural change: Towards energy efficient buildings

SR 2, ICT Building,
Technikerstraße 21a, 6020 Innsbruck


Anna Fensel
Ass.-Professor at STI, University of Innsbruck


The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.” – this statement of Tim Berners-Lee has gained even more relevance since the start of this century. The humanity is rapidly developing and persistently experiencing local and global challenges, such as global warming/climate change, dis-balances in demand and supply, among many others. Mastering most (if not all) of them require a behavior change. Behavioral change is difficult to achieve per se, and it is important that technology – as a major enabler – has a positive rather than a negative impact here. Further, the dramatic growth of data volumes (Big Data, Internet of Things) and the data’s increased power and impact and on the people’s daily lives are calling for new types, practices and policies of behavior with data. These factors made the role of semantic technology even more crucial: in terms of providing a well-defined meaning, and eventually delivering Smart Data for a functional and fair data value chain. Addressing the behavioural change with Smart Data, I discuss potential ICT solutions investigating the domain of energy efficient buildings. Particularly, our completed OpenFridge experiment will be presented: design and development of the Internet of Things data system with semantic and data analytics enablers for building new services on a top of typical home appliance data — in particular, refrigerators. The system has been evaluated with real life end-user pilots. In conclusions, I overview our related ongoing work, namely, in the areas of the impact of Big Data on society and related research roadmapping (linking to sociology), personalized energy efficiency data management services in buildings (linking to psychology), and semantic data licensing (linking to law).