User Modelling in Ambient Intelligence for Elderly and Disabled People

Casas, Roberto, Blasco Marin, R, Robinet, Alexia, Roy Delgado, Armanda, Roy Yarza, Armanda, McGinn, John, Picking, Rich and Grout, Vic (2008) User Modelling in Ambient Intelligence for Elderly and Disabled People.

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Combining ongoing Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technological developments (e.g. pervasive computing, wearable devices, sensor networks etc.) with user-centred design methods greatly increases the acceptance of the intelligent system and makes it more capable of providing a better quality of life in a non-intrusive way. Elderly people could clearly benefit from this concept. Thanks to smart environments, they can experience considerable enhancements, giving them an opportunity to live more independently and for longer in their home rather than in a health-care centre. However, to implement such a system, it is essential to know for whom we are designing. In this paper, we present an intelligent system with a monitoring infrastructure that will help mainly elderly users with impairments to overcome their handicap. The purpose of such a system is to create a safe and intuitive environment that will facilitate the achievement of household tasks in order to preserve independence of elderly residents for a while longer. Pursuing this goal, we propose to use the persona concept to help us build a user model based on the personas’ aptitudes. The practice of user modelling emphasizes the importance of user-centred techniques in any AmI system development and highlights the potential impacts of AmI for certain targeted groups - in this case, the elderly and people with disabilities.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2008, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. The authors final draft post-refereeing version of the article is available on the authors own website, a link is provided to this site via the download button. The article was published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science by Springer in 2008. The original publication is available at project is part of the easylineplus which is a European Project under the IST Priority in the European 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Whose main objective is to develop prototypes near to market of advanced white goods in order to support elderly persons with or without disabilities to carry out a longer independent life which will compensate their loss of physical and/or cognitive abilities. The easyline website can be found here
Keywords: user models, ambient Intelligence, elderly people, assistive interfaces, impairments
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06

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