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Embedding Internet-of-Things in Large-Scale Socio-Technical Systems: A Community-Oriented Design in Future Smart Grids

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  • Yilin Huang
  • Giacomo Poderi
  • Sanja Šćepanović
  • Hanna Hasselqvist
  • Martijn Warnier
  • Frances Brazier

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In traditional engineering, technologies are viewed as the central piece of the engineering design, where the physical world consists of a large number of diverse technological artifacts. The real world, however, also comprises a huge amount of social components -- people, communities, institutions, regulations and everything that exists in the human mind -- that have shaped and been shaped by the technical components. Smart urban ecosystems are examples of such large-scale Socio-Technical Systems (STS) that rely on technologies, particularly Internet-of-Things (IoT), within a complex social context where the technologies are embedded. Despite that the two aspects are deeply intertwined, designing applications that embed IoT in large-scale STS is slowly transitioning from a traditional engineering approach towards a Socio-Technical (ST) approach. The latter has not yet entered the mainstream of design practice. In this chapter, we review the literature and present our experience of adopting an ST approach in designing a community-oriented smart grid application. The challenges, process and outcomes are discussed. The chapter is concluded by offering a set of lessons learned derived from this experience which are also relevant to the design of other smart urban ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Internet of Things for Smart Urban Ecosystems
EditorsFranco Cicirelli, Antonio Guerrieri, Carlo Mastroianni, Giandomenico Spezzano, Andrea Vinci
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2019
Pages125-150
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96549-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96550-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesInternet of Things
ISSN2199-1073
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    Research areas

  • Socio-Technical Systems, Smart grid, Community-Oriented Design, Internet-of-Things, User Engagement, CIVIS, YouPower

Research outputs (3)

  1. Published

    Matters of concerns and user stories: ontological and methodological considerations for collaborative design processes

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Exploring participatory energy budgeting as a policy instrument to foster energy justice

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. YouPower: An open source platform for community-oriented smart grid user engagement

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

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