Air Quality in the Home:  From Smart Sensing to Action

Richard Sowers, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC
Paul Francisco, Applied Research Institute, UIUC
Charles Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory 

Industry Partners: In development

Community Partners: In development

Abstract: This project centers on technology and data for indoor air quality. Increasingly inexpensive technology makes it feasible to develop dedicated indoor sensor suites for identifying what is in the air we breathe in our homes. This opens up possibilities in identifying triggers of respiratory illnesses, which in 2009 were responsible for over 3,000,000 hospitalizations and 200,000 deaths. This project will establish core capabilities in indoor air quality sensing and corresponding use of data. The goal is to build prototype capabilities and build awareness of these capabilities amongst medical stakeholders.

This project stems from a collaboration between expertise in sensing, air quality, and data. It reflects a collaboration between Argonne Laboratory/University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Departments of Mathematics and Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, and the Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

This project involves the development of data and computing technologies in the service of health and wellness, through improving the ability of low-cost sensors to be used for rapid response to changing conditions that can impact occupant health in the indoor environment. In the long term, it has the potential to impact health across culture and society, support a healthy home workforce that serves the needs of individuals through technology, contribute to technology transfer by putting data from these sensors in the hands of health professionals, and impact public policy targeted at improving indoor health.