We would like to invite you to the upcoming ThingTank Consortium workshop on energy monitoring and data visualization. This Faculty of Information/KMDI-led group, which includes members from four local universities, eight digital media content companies, and the Ontario trade organization Interactive Ontario has been organized to address the movement from screen-based digital media to more environmental and embodied forms of digital interactions.
This session will be led by Matt Ratto, Mike Borg, and Josh Stein, from the Critical Making Lab at the Faculty of Information. Monitoring energy consumption has been a long time necessity for utility companies; however that data has largely been gathered at the unit of a household level. Ecobee, has developed and commercialized a WiFi enabled ecobee Smart Thermsotat (ST) for homeowners and the Energy Management System for commercial applications. These technologies, along with commercial accessories will enable more granular energy monitoring capabilities. When these granular data collection techniques are combined with rich data visualization tools there is the possibility that innovative standards of practice will emerge.
The workshop is for all consortium members and Ecobee employees and contacts, regardless past technical experience, including non-members as per invitation. The technologies are fairly easy to use and a data visualization tutorial will explain the basic of the required work. Additionally, there will be plenty of resources and help available for those who are new to data visualization and energy monitoring technologies. Our goal will be to explore differences in users’ desires for automation vs agency and for rational vs social decision making, create a simple data visualization, demonstrate the possibilities of this new technology when integrated into standards of practice, and to use this experience to think together about present and future possibilities within this realm.
It should be noted that this session will be part of a larger research project on the topic of energy monitoring and data visualization within the context of Ecobee's commercial product-line, and related academic research conducted by members of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. The workshop will be recorded for further analysis. Should you have any concerns or desire to attend the workshop without being part of the study, please contact Matt Ratto (email@example.com).
1.0 Introduction to the session
2.0 Guided tutorial on our user model and data-visualization software and hardware
3.0 Discussion of these concepts in residential energy-consumption context.
4.0 Group scenario-building and data-visualization time.
5.0 Discussion and closing of the session
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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