Annual activity report for 2016

The Phoenix annual activity report for 2016 has been recently released.

Highlights of the Year


  • The paper “Designing Parallel Data Processing for Large-Scale Sensor Orchestration” by Milan Kabac and Charles Consel received a Best Paper award at UIC 2016, the 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, held in July 2016 in Toulouse, France.

  • The web application “It's my life. I choose it!”, developed by the Phoenix team in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux (Laboratoire handicap action cognition santé), the University of Mons (Service d’ortho-pédagogie clinique), and the association Trisomie 21 France, received the Universal Accessibility Prize at APAJH 2016, held on November 14th, 2016, in Paris. The web application is available at

  • The pitch for a startup based on technology from the HomeAssist project received a prize at the “Journée Horizon Startup”, held on December, 1st, 2016, in Paris.


New journal paper on IoT/DiaSwarm

A new paper on the DiaSwarm DSL for orchestrating sensors in-the-large and its IoT applications has been accepted in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing at Springer. This is an extended version of a previous Best Paper at UIC'16. It introduces some extensions to the DiaSwarm language and some new applications to personalized IoT services, enabled by these language extensions.

Designing Parallel Data Processing for Enabling Large-Scale Sensor Applications
Milan Kabáč, Charles Consel, Nic Volanschi
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer Verlag, 2017, Special Issue on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing for Enabling a Smarter World, <10.1007/s00779-017-1009-1>


Abstract : Masses of sensors are being deployed at the scale of cities to manage parking spaces, transportation infrastructures to monitor traffic, and campuses of buildings to reduce energy consumption. These large-scale infrastructures become a reality for citizens via applications that orchestrate sensors to deliver high-value, innovative services. These applications critically rely on the processing of large amounts of data to analyze situations, inform users, and control devices. This paper proposes a design-driven approach to developing orchestrating applications for masses of sensors that integrates parallel processing of large amounts of data. Specifically, an application design exposes declarations that are used to generate a programming framework based on the MapReduce programming model. We have developed a prototype of our approach, using Apache Hadoop. We applied it to a case study and obtained significant speedups by parallelizing computations over twelve nodes. In doing so, we demonstrate that our design-driven approach allows to abstract over implementation details, while exposing architectural properties used to generate high-performance code for processing large datasets. Furthermore, we show that this high-performance support enables new, personalized services in a smart city. Finally, we discuss the expressiveness of our design language, identify some limitations, and present language extensions.


Best Paper Award at UIC 2016

The paper by Milan Kabáč and Charles Consel entitled ''Designing Parallel Data Processing for Large-Scale Sensor Orchestration" won a Best Paper Award at the13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2016), held in Jul 2016, at Toulouse, France.

This distiction was awarded to only two papers out of the 45 papers presented at UIC this year (top 5%). See the official UIC 2016 Best Papers page for details.


New journal paper on HomeAssist benefits

The following paper has been recently accepted in a journal:


Self Determination-Based Design To Achieve Acceptance of Assisted Living Technologies For Older Adults

Dupuy, L., Consel, C., Sauzéon, H., Computers in Human Behavior


Abstract: Providing technological support to assist older adults in their daily activities is a promising approach to aging in place. However, acceptance is critical when technologies are embedded in the user's life. Recently, Lee et al. established a connection between acceptance and motivation. They approached motivation via the Self-Determination Theory (SDT): the capacity to make choices and to take decisions.

This paper leverages SDT to promote a new design style for gerontechnologies that consists of principles and requirements. We applied our approach to develop an assisted living platform, which was used to conduct a six-month field study with 34 older adults. We show that self-determination is a determining factor of technology acceptance. Furthermore, our platform improved the self-determination of equipped participants, compared to the control group, suggesting that our approach is effective. As such, SDT opens up new opportunities for improving the design process of gerontechnologies.


New journal paper on assistive application for children with Autism or ID

The following paper has been recently accepted in a journal:

Tablet-Based Activity Schedule in Mainstream Environment for Children with Autism and Children with ID
Charles Fage, Léonard Pommereau, Charles Consel, Emilie Balland, Hélène Sauzéon
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing , ACM New York, NY, USA 2016, Transactions on Accessible Computing, 8 (3), <10.1145/2854156>

Abstract : Including children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in mainstream environments creates a need for new interventions whose efficacy must be assessed in situ. This article presents a tablet-based application for activity schedules that has been designed following a participatory design approach involving mainstream teachers, special education teachers, and school aides. This application addresses two domains of activities: classroom routines and verbal communications. We assessed the efficiency of our application with two overlapping user studies in mainstream inclusion, sharing a group of children with ASD. The first experiment involved 10 children with ASD, where five children were equipped with our tabled-based application and five were not equipped. We show that (1) the use of the application is rapidly self-initiated (after 2 months for almost all the participants) and (2) the tablet-supported routines are better performed after 3 months of intervention. The second experiment involved 10 children equipped with our application; it shared the data collected for the five children with ASD and compared them with data collected for five children with intellectual disability (ID). We show that (1) children with ID are not autonomous in the use of the application at the end of the intervention, (2) both groups exhibited the same benefits on classroom routines, and (3) children with ID improve significantly less their performance on verbal communication routines. These results are discussed in relation with our design principles. Importantly, the inclusion of a group with another neurodevelopmental condition provided insights about the applicability of these principles beyond the target population of children with ASD. Additional Key Words and Phrases: Participatory design, educative inclusion in mainstream environment, idiosyncratic multimedia contents ACM Reference Format: Charles Fage, Léonard Pommereau, Charles Consel, Emilie Balland, andHéì ene Sauzéon. 2016. Tablet-based activity schedule in mainstream environment for children with autism and children with ID. Tour, 33405 TALENCE CEDEX; emails: first name.last This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies show this notice on the first page or initial screen of a display along with the full citation. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than ACM must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, to redistribute to lists, or to use any component of this work in other works requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Permissions may be requested from Publications

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