Hamid Aghajan

A I R (Ambient Intelligence Research) Lab,
Wireless Sensor Networks Lab

Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University



Research Areas

  • Smart Environments and Ambient Intelligence
  • Personal Recommendation Systems
  • User Behavior Modeling for Anomaly and Shift Detection in Behavior
  • Occupancy Modeling for Smart Buildings
  • Well-Being in Home and Office



Vision Sensor Networks Lab - EE392Y
Wireless Sensor Networks Lab - EE392Y
Wireless Sensor Networks: Concepts and Implementation - EE392W



  • Ph.D., Stanford University (EE, 1995)
  • M.S., Stanford University (EE, 1991)
  • B.S., Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (EE, 1989)


Specific Research Interests

  • User behavior modeling for well-being and elderly care applications
  • Personal ergonomic recommendations in work environments
  • Modeling social behavior in interactive spaces
  • Environment discovery based on user activity
  • Adaptive home automation
  • Occupancy sensing for energy-efficient smart environments
  • User acceptance issues in ambient intelligence


List of Recent Publications

Biographical Sketch

Hamid Aghajan is director of Stanford's Wireless Sensor Networks Lab and A I R (Ambient Intelligence Research) Lab, which he established in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Focus of research in his group is on methods and applications of Ambient Intelligence with an emphasis on behavior modeling based on activity monitoring. Specific research topics include adaptive automation in smart homes, detection of anomaly or shift in behavior in elderly care, improving user's well-being in home and office through personalized recommendations, occupancy modeling of smart buildings for resource efficiency, and avatar-based social interactions. Prior to joining Stanford, Hamid had 9 years of technical and managerial positions in high-technology companies leading product development in image processing, wireless communications, and semiconductor manufacturing systems. During his industry experience, Hamid was a co-founder and vice president of a start-up company developing optical filters for fiber telecommunications. He has also served on the Board of Advisors of technology companies active in various ambient intelligence, wireless networks and vision applications. He has organized and taught new courses on wireless sensor networks and vision sensor networks at Stanford.



Hamid has been active in promoting interdisciplinary research programs that link various research communities with interest in vision-based and ambient intelligence applications. He has been co-founder and technical co-chair of the first International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2007), and general co-chair of ICDSC 2008, editorial board member of the book series on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Environments by IOS Press, associate editor of Machine Vision and Applications, organizer of short courses on Distributed Vision Processing in Smart Camera Networks at CVPR 2007, CVPR 2008, ACIVS 2007, and ICASSP 2009, and courses on Human-centered Vision systems at ICCV 2009, ICDSC 2009, ICIAP 2009, CVPR 2010, and ACM Multimedia 2010, guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia special issue on Multimodal Affective Interaction in 2010, guest editor of CVIU special issue on Sensor Fusion in 2010, guest editor of the IEEE J-STSP special issue on Distributed Processing in Vision Networks in 2008, co-chair of workshop on Human-Computer Interaction: Real-time vision aspects of natural user interfaces at ICCV 2011, co-chair of workshop on Use of Context in Video Processing at CVPR 2010, co-chair of Workshop on Multimodal Pervasive Video Analysis at ACM Multimedia 2010, co-chair of workshop on HCI at ICCV 2009, co-chair of workshop on Use of Context in Vision Processing at ICMI-MLMI 2009, co-chair of the Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation (BMI) workshop at German AI Conference 2008-2010, special session chair of Vision-based Reasoning at AITAmI workshop at ECAI 2008, workshop co-chair of Multi-camera and Multi-modal Sensor Fusion Algorithms and Applications at ECCV 2008, special session chair of Multi-Sensor HCI for Smart Environments at Face and Gesture Conference 2008, workshop co-chair of Vision Networks for Behaviour Analysis (VNBA) at ACM Multimedia 2008, and organizer of a special session on Distributed Processing in Image Sensor Networks at ICASSP 2007.

Hamid is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. He has co-authored five edited volumes: Multi-Camera Networks: Concepts and Applications (Academic Press 2009), Human-Centric Computing for Ambient Intelligence (Academic Press 2009), Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation: Smart Environments (IOS Press 2009), Handbook of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (Springer 2009), Distributed Video Sensor Networks (Springer 2010), and Behaviour Monitoring & Interpretation: Well-Being (IOS Press 2011). Hamid obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1995.


Poem translation by: Babak Hassibi, Stanford, 1995


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