Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Coradeschi S., Cesta A., Cortellessa G., Coraci L., Gonzales J., Karlsson L., Furfari F., Loufti A., Orlandini A., Palumbo F., Pecora F., Von Rump S., Stimec A., Ullberg J., Otslund B. GiraffPlus: combining social interaction and long term monitoring for promoting independent living. In: HSI 2013 - The 6th International Conference on Human System Interaction (Sopot, Poland, 06-08 June 2013). Proceedings, pp. 578 - 585. IEEEXPLORE, 2013.
Early detection and adaptive support to changing individual needs related to ageing is an important challenge in today's society. In this paper we present a system called GiraffPlus that aims at addressing such a challenge and is developed in an on-going European project. The system consists of a network of home sensors that can be automatically configured to collect data for a range of monitoring services; a semi-autonomous telepresence robot; a sophisticated context recognition system that can give high-level and long term interpretations of the collected data and respond to certain events; and personalized services delivered through adaptive user interfaces for primary users. The system performs a range of services including data collection and analysis of long term trends in behaviors and physiological parameters (e.g. relating to sleep or daily activity); warnings, alarms and reminders; and social interaction through the telepresence robot. The latter is based on the Giraff telepresence robot, which is already in place in a number of homes. Particular emphasis is put on user evaluation outside the laboratories. A distinctive aspect of the project is that the GiraffPlus system will be installed and evaluated in at least 15 homes of elderly people. The concept of "useworthiness" is central in order to assure that the GiraffPlus system provides services that are easy to use and worth using. In addition, by using existing and affordable components we strive to achieve a system that is affordable and close to commercialization.
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6577883
DOI: 10.1109/HSI.2013.6577883
Subject Artificial Intelligence
Health Care and Assistive Devices
Human Machine Interaction
Smart Homes
K4.2 Social issues

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