Intel opens pervasive computing center

The Pervasive Computing center was launched in September 2011 by Intel and will be centered at the University of Washington.

Research in the ISTC-PC will be organized around three themes:

  1. Low-power sensing and communication
  2. Understanding human state and activities
  3. Personalization and adaption

The center spans six top US research universities and includes faculty, students and researchers from Cornell, University of Rochester, UC Los Angeles, University of Washington, Stanford and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The core research team includes recent Genius Grant winner Shwetak N. Patel and others.

One of their projects will include:

Building a smart home system that will learn, recognize and track the everyday activities of all members of the family. The system will track activities at different levels; models will infer activities such as waking up, getting dressed, walking up and down stairs, and packing lunch, as well as joint activities, such as the family breakfast or helping the kids with their morning routine. The pattern of activities (both current and historical) will be presented to members in a way that informs them and helps them to reflect on the activities and make changes if needed, to create more time together.

You can read a Whitepaper about the center and their work here or visit their homepage at