Human-Centered Computing

Department of Computer Science

Research Projects


Project: TotalFlex

To be able to study the concept of shifting in a domestic setting, we designed and implemented HeatDial – a prototype that enables electrical heat pump owners to set the inside temperature of their house and discover the tradeoffs between comfort and cost. Electrical heat pumps make an interesting use case for studying eco-interactions beyond user scheduling for several reasons. Firstly, to produce heat, heat pumps use a considerable large volume of electricity. Secondly, although they harness this electricity effectively, they become a more attractive green alternative, if the electricity utilized is produced from renewable resources. Lastly, as it is possible to externally control the heat pump, we can intelligently control the running times of the heat pump