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Reviewing and Reflecting Smart Home Research from the Human-Centered Perspective

While there has been rapid growth in smart home research from a technical perspective – focusing on home automation, devices, software, and protocols – few review papers examine the humancentered perspective. A human-centered focus is crucial for achieving the goals of providing natural, convenient, comfortable, friendly, and safe user experiences in the smart home. To understand key innovations in human-centered smart home research, we analyzed keyword changes over time via 19,091 papers from 2000 to 2022, then selected 55 papers from high-impact venues in the last five years, and summarized them through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Our analysis revealed five research trends with unique characteristics and interdependence. Drawing on this review, we elaborate on the future of smart home design research with respect to multidisciplinary development, stakeholder involvement, and the shift of design implications.

  • Yuan Yao, Li Huang, Yi He, Zhijun Ma, Xuhai Xu, and Haipeng Mi. 2023. Reviewing and Reflecting on Smart Home Research from the Human-Centered Perspective. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 143, 1–21.


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