Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS)
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A Human-Centered Initiative to Improve Built Environments

Center for Intelligent Environments’ mission is to facilitate a broad, far-reaching conversation and research about how to design, introduce, and oversee user-centered solutions in ways that make environments not only more supportive of organizational goals but also safer, healthier, more humane, and capable of producing joy and well-being in the humans that use them. Center for Intelligent Environments supports ground-breaking research and brings together the world’s foremost leaders, scholars, innovators, and intellectuals to engage in dialogue and debate, as well as form partnerships that promote human-centered design and integration of intelligent technologies into built environments.


Design, Construction, Operation & Use of Intelligent Environments

What will be the effects of intelligent technologies on design, construction, operation and use of built environments? How do sensing and perceiving of human preferences, needs and requirements effect the quality of the built environment?


Psychology of Intelligent Environments

What psychological and behavioral effects will the users experience as a result of using, living and working in the intelligent environments? To what degree will intelligent environments enhance or detract from sense of control, meaning, attention to tasks, mood, and empowerment?


Intelligent Environments & Future of Work

How will the workplace change as a result of intelligent environments? What new business models and professional opportunities will open up as a result of intelligent environments? How can built environments augment human performance at work?


Security & Privacy Challenges of Intelligent Environments

What policies should govern the development and oversight of intelligent environments? What ethical, safety and security measures must be anticipated and addressed?


User-Environment Interaction

How to better design buildings to provide novel interaction opportunities? How will these interactions change user behavior as well as building behavior? What interaction types influence human perception of space and how? How does the style of interaction impact how we perceive our environments?

Intelligent Environments & Trust

How does the level of intelligence effect trust in automation? How does trust change based on the type of tasks users perform in buildings? How will AI in buildings change people’s expectations and perception of their built environment? Which user activities should be supported and accommodated by automation?


The Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS) is located on the main campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.