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Ambient Assisted Living

Edited by Nuno M. Garcia, Joel Jose P.C. Rodrigues

CRC Press – 2015 – 736 pages

Series: Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series

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Addresses an Emerging Shift in Developing Countries

The authors and contributors of Ambient Assisted Living have recognized that the demographic profile is changing in many developing countries and have factored in an inversion of the demographic pyramid. The technology of ambient assisted living (AAL), supports the elderly and disabled in their daily routines to allow for safe and independent living for as long as possible. Dedicated to ambient intelligence—electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people—Ambient Assisted Living highlights the technologies that center on the needs of these special interest groups, such as the elderly or people with disabilities.

Beneficial to students, practitioners, and users of ambient assisted living (AAL), this text compiles scattered information on the subject, outlines the most important and significant work in related literature, and covers the latest hardware and software for ergonomic design pertaining to AAL. From inception to implementation, the text assesses what has been produced and researched so far and looks for trends and clues for the future. It reviews literature on AAL published since 2007 and describes the main features and areas of products or systems that interlink and improve new or existing technologies and systems.

This text:

  • Provides extensive coverage of the applications, software, and information management for AAL
  • Contains an overview of the concepts related to AAL
  • Includes a comprehensive review of the state of the art on pervasive and mobile health (m-health) applications
  • Describes a set of projects and work with scientific relevance in AAL
  • Introduces a framework focused on the monitoring and assistance of elderly persons living alone
  • Discusses a prospective study on technological systems for people with cognitive disabilities

Ambient Assisted Living highlights technologies that adapt to the user rather than the user adapting to the technology. This text proposes technologies that can enable assisted persons to live independently for longer and reduce the need for long-term care.


Ambient Assisted Living—From Technology to Intervention

Nuno M Garcia, Paula Sousa, and Virginie Felizardo

Section I Review, State of the Art, and AAL Concepts

Characterization and Classification of Existing Ambient Assisted Living Systems: A Systematic Literature Review

Alexandra Queirós, Anabela G Silva, Joaquim Alvarelhão, António Teixeira, and Nelson Pacheco Rocha

Pervasive and Mobile Health Care Applications

Bruno M C Silva, Joel J P C Rodrigues, and Ivo M C de M Lopes

A Review of Monitoring and Assisted Therapeutic Technology for AAL Applications

Pedro Dinis Gaspar, Virginie Felizardo, and Nuno M Garcia

Implementing Best Evidence-Based Practice into Ambient Assisted Living Solutions: From User Outcome Research to Best Social Practices

Gerard Nguyen, Bruno Colin, Dominique Lemoult, François Sigwald, Daniel Thiollier, and Alain Krivitzky

A Demonstration Case on the Derivation of Process-Level Logical Architectures for Ambient Assisted Living Ecosystems

Nuno Santos, Juliana Teixeira, António Pereira, Nuno Ferreira, Ana Lima, Ricardo Simoes, and Ricardo J Machado

Section II Communications in AAL

Enabling AAL Wireless Data Transmission in Home Automation Networks

Nils Langhammer and Rüdiger Kays

Mobility and Multihoming Data Transmission Protocols

João C Silva, Artur Arsenio, and Nuno M Garcia

Power-Aware Communication in Body Area Networks

Hassan Ghasemzadeh and Roozbeh Jafari

Wireless Systems Applied to e-Health: Radio-Planning, Energy Efficiency, and System Integration

Francisco Falcone, Antonio López-Martín, Carlos Fernández-Valdivielso, Luis Serrano, Santiago Led, and Miguel Martínez Espronceda

Section III AAL Applications to Specific Areas

Video Care Services: AAL Solution for Dementia Support—State of the Art of Research and Intervention

Jorge Nunes Monteiro, Liliana Dias, and Susana Espadaneira

Telemedicine Scenario for Elderly People with Comorbidity

César P Gálvez-Barrón, Maged N Kamel Boulos, Sandra Prescher, Carlos Abellán Cano, Emilio Suárez Ortega, Ada Font Tió, Jordi Morales Gras, Karol O’Donovan, Marta Díaz Boladeras, Friedrich Köhler, and Alejandro Rodríguez-Molinero

A Framework for Monitoring and Assisting Seniors with Memory Disabilities

Paulo Novais, Davide Carneiro, Ângelo Costa, and Ricardo Costa

Ambient Assisted Living—From Technology to Intervention

Paulo Freitas, Paulo Menezes, and Jorge Dias

Innovative Solutions for Inclusion of Totally Blind People

Michał Choraś, Rafał Kozik, Salvatore D’Antonio, Giulio Iannello, Andreas Jedlitschka, Klaus Miesenberger, Luca Vollero, and Adam Wołoszczuk

Section IV Business Models and Study Cases

A Business Model for Ambient Assisted Living Solutions

Henrique O’Neill and José Duarte Realinho

Social Innovations and Emerging Business Models in the Field of Ambient Assisted Living: Reflection on a Pilot Project

Katrin Schneiders and Ralf Lindert

The Living Usability Lab Architecture: Support for the Development and Evaluation of New Ambient Assisted Living Services for the Elderly

António Teixeira, Nelson Pacheco Rocha, Carlos Pereira, Joaquim Sousa Pinto, Miguel Sales Dias, Cláudio Teixeira, Miguel Oliveira e Silva, Alexandra Queirós, Flávio Ferreira, and André Oliveira

Promoting Independent Living and Recreation in Life through Ambient Assisted Living Technology

Ângelo Costa, Juliana Teixeira, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Vardasca, José Eduardo Fernandes, Ricardo J Machado, Paulo Novais, and Ricardo Simoes

Section V AAL Research Topics

From Data to Knowledge: Towards Clinical Machine Learning Automation

Nuno Pombo, Kouamana Bousson, and Pedro Araújo

Soft Computing Drug Administration in the Ambient Assisted Living Environment

Filipe Quinaz, Paulo Fazendeiro, Miguel Castelo-Branco, and Pedro Araújo

Semantic Framework for Context-Aware Monitoring of Ambient Assisted Living Ecosystems

Lyazid Sabri, Abdelghani Chibani, Yacine Amirat, Gian Piero Zarri, and Patrick Gatellier

Collaborative Ecosystem Architecture for Ambient Assisted Living

Luis M Camarinha-Matos, João Rosas, Ana Inês Oliveira, and Filipa Ferrada

Social Ambient Intelligence for Assisted Living: Social Context, Networking, and Privacy

Antonio Sapuppo and Boon-Chong Seet

WeCare: Cooperating with Older People in the Design and Evaluation of Online Social Networking Services

Marc Steen, Mari Ervasti, Marja Harjumaa, Sarah Bourke, Victor Hernandez, Marlou Min, and Sharon Prins

Ergonomics and Sustainable Engineering: Important Features to Develop Human Sensitivity–Based Projects

Oscar Alejandro Vásquez Bernal


Author Bio

Nuno M. Garcia is a professor at the School of Communication, Arts and Information Technologies of the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies in Lisbon, Portugal, and invited professor at the University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal. He holds a PhD from the University of Beira Interior. He is currently head of research of PLUX Biosensor Engineering Lda, and researcher in the Research Centre for Communication, Arts and New Technologies and in the Institute of Telecommunications. He is also a researcher in Criavision Lda. His main interests include Next-Generation Networks, advanced algorithms for biosignal processing, and distributed and cooperative protocols.

Joel Jose P.C. Rodrigues is a professor at the Department of Informatics of the University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal and researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Portugal. He received a PhD degree in informatics engineering, an MSc from the University of Beira Interior, and a five-year B.S. in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests include eHealth, sensor networks, vehicular delay-tolerant networks, high-speed networks, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on E-Health and Medical Communications. He has authored or coauthored over 100 papers and two books.

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