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Active and Assisted Living: Technologies and Applications

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Editors: Francisco Florez-Revuelta 1 ; Alexandros Andre Chaaraoui 2
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Publication Year: 2016

Active and Assisted Living (AAL) systems aim at improving the quality of life and supporting independent and healthy living of older or impaired people by using a distributed network of sensors and actuators to create a ubiquitous technological layer, able to interact transparently with the users, observing and interpreting their actions and intentions, learning their preferences and adjusting the parameters of the system to improve their quality of life and work. This book provides a comprehensive review of the technologies and applications for AAL. Topics covered include the current state of the art of smart environments and labs from an AAL point of view; ambient and wearable sensors for human health monitoring; computer vision for active and assisted living; data fusion for identifying lifestyle patterns; interoperable enhanced living environments; reasoning systems for AAL; person-environment interaction; data analytics for enabling connected health; human gait analysis for frailty detection; fall prevention and detection; supporting activities of daily living; outdoor mobility assistance; location and orientation technologies based on WiFi systems; health, wellbeing and engagement in life through AAL; tablet-based clinical decision support system for hospitalised older adults; smart, age-friendly cities and communities; privacy and ethical issues; and human-centred design. The book concludes with a case study on the design and implementation of a smart home technological platform for the delivery of AAL services. With a wide range of chapters from international contributors, this book is essential reading for researchers and students in academics and industry developing AAL technologies, healthcare practitioners, and engineers with an interest in the field.

Inspec keywords: wireless LAN; data analysis; sensor fusion; computer vision; decision support systems; geriatrics; assisted living

Other keywords: fall prevention; outdoor mobility assistance-technologies; elderly care; active living; person-environment interaction; daily living; reasoning systems; Wi-Fi systems; interoperable enhanced living environments; computer vision; smart home technological platform; smart environments; data fusion; human gait analysis; tablet-based clinical decision support system; ambient assisted living; wearable sensors; data analytics; human-centred design; frailty detection

Subjects: Information theory; Sensing devices and transducers; General and management topics; Optical, image and video signal processing; General electrical engineering topics; Automated buildings; Data handling techniques; Pattern recognition and computer vision equipment; Medical physics and biomedical engineering; Transducers and sensing devices; Digital signal processing; Telecommunication applications; Radio links and equipment; Computer applications; Signal processing and detection; Pattern recognition

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