A multiagent system approach to scheduling devices in smart homes

Ferdinando Fioretto, William Yeoh, Enrico Pontelli

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9 Scopus citations


Demand-side management (DSM) in the smart grid allows customers to make autonomous decisions on their energy consumption, helping energy providers to reduce the peaks in load demand. The automated scheduling of smart devices in residential and commercial buildings plays a key role in DSM. Due to data privacy and user autonomy, such an approach is best implemented through distributed multi-agent systems. This paper makes the following contributions: (i) It introduces the Smart Home Device Scheduling (SHDS) problem, which formalizes the device scheduling and coordination problem across multiple smart homes as a multi- agent system; (ii) It describes a mapping of this problem to a distributed constraint optimization problem; (ill) It proposes a distributed algorithm for the SHDS problem; and (iv) It presents empirical results from a physically distributed system of Raspberry Pis, each capable of controlling smart devices through hardware interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWS-17-01
Subtitle of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and Operations Research for Social Good; WS-17-02: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society; WS-17-03: Artificial Intelligence for Connected and Automated Vehicles; WS-17-04: Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security; WS-17-05: Artificial Intelligence for Smart Grids and Buildings; WS-17-06: Computer Poker and Imperfect Information Games; WS-17-07: Crowdsourcing, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence Agents; WS-17-08: Distributed Machine Learning; WS-17-09: Joint Workshop on Health Intelligence; WS-17-10: Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence; WS-17-11: Human-Machine Collaborative Learning; WS-17-12: Knowledge-Based Techniques for Problem Solving and Reasoning; WS-17-13: Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition; WS-17-14: Symbolic Inference and Optimization; WS-17-15: What's Next for AI in Games?
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357865
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2017 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 4 2017Feb 5 2017

Publication series

NameAAAI Workshop - Technical Report
VolumeWS-17-01 - WS-17-15


Conference31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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