The Epicurus program is named after Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 BC till 270 BC. One of the major themes of his philosophy is happiness and pleasure.
So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our
actions are directed towards attaining it. (Letter to Menoeceus)
Epicurus directly links happiness to wisdom (and a few other things):
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly
without living pleasantly. Whenever any one of these is lacking, when, for instance, the man is not able to live wisely, though he lives honorably and
justly, it is impossible for him to live a pleasant life. (Principle Doctrines)
It happens to be the case that we find happiness in studying embedded systems, currently mainly focusing on multiprocessor systems, programming, design, architectures, and computational models. From an application point of view, we are inspired by the Ambient Intelligence vision, in the sense that we hope to provide enabling technology to help realize this vision. One of the major goals of Ambient Intelligence is to improve quality of life. Infotainment, a combination of 'pleasure and wisdom', is an important theme. So if Epicurus would have lived right now, he would surely have supported the Ambient Intelligence vision.
If you want to learn more about Epicurus, please visit Epicurus' personal website. If you would like to know more about our work on embedded systems and Ambient Intelligence, you have come to the right place.
Before you go on, here is one more quote of Epicurus:
Of our desires some are natural and necessary, others are natural but not necessary; and others are neither natural nor necessary, but are due to
groundless opinion. (Principle Doctrines)