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Mohamed Amine Rafkaoui 1, Nabil Birouk1, Ghita Lahlou1, Yassine Salih Alj1
1 School of Science and Engineering Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Ifrane, Morocco
Improving energy efficiency of buildings is becoming increasingly critical to reduce energy consumption and to solve the
environmental crisis while ensuring thermal comfort. Heaters are among the appliances that consume a significant amount of
energy. This paper introduces a way to optimize the energy consumption of heating systems by adjusting the room temperature
and minimizing the heating periods while keeping the comfort of the occupants. The kinetic user interface combines motion
awareness and activity recognition to regulate the temperature depending on the type of activity the user is carrying out.
However, changing the temperature is a slow process. Starting to adjust the temperature exactly when the user starts an activity
might be too late and might cause physical discomfort. Consequently, we propose an enhanced kinetic user interface that takes
into account not only the user’s current activity but also the time the room needs to heat up or cool down.
Keywords: Smart heater, Temperature adjustment, Energy consumption, Kinetic User Interface