The project SocIoT (Sociotechnical design of Internet of Things Systems) is framed in the Internet of Things (IoT) research domain and proposes the study, design, implementation, and validation of visual interactive systems for lifelogging activity, that is the collection, integration and sharing of personal data about health, wellness and domotics (smart homes).

The data sharing pushes IoT towards a more social dimension that offers approaches bound to recommendation and evolution of intelligent and distributed systems. In fact, the community seen as family, friends or acquaintances, colleagues or even virtual aggregation, may play a central role in the development of better life habits thanks to the sharing of data collected by all its members. Moreover, the experience developed by the single members of the community can become collective knowledge and can be used as base for the recommendation systems. Tools and data, users and community are the key points of a socio-technical project.

The sociotechnical approach focuses on the social and the technological aspects without considering them as distinct but seeing them as closely interconnected and related. Such an approach is based on user-centric design and development methodologies (User-Centered Design) in which the user is seen in his activity but also directly involved in the creation and design processes.

The objectives of this project are related to the study and definition of models and methods aimed at coordinating the people’s and objects’ activities in order to design a User eXperience suitable for culture, needs, context of use and activity, considering not just the single user but the entire community.


Status: Ongoing.